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Week 30 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

The baby’s brain is rapidly developing as minute and intricate nerve fibres form. This will allow impulses to travel faster and increase the baby’s ability to learn.

From here on your health professional will become increasingly interested in your baby’s positioning in the womb. About 4 per cent of babies will remain in a breech position at birth with the bottom pointing downwards. If this is the case, you may be advised to have a caesarean delivery.

If your baby is already positioned head downward in cephalic presentation, you are likely to feel swift kicks in your ribs.

TIPS:

If your baby is in a breech position, try to encourage it to turn. You can do this by spending some time every day on all fours with your bottom slighty raised. Gravity and increased space will allow it to manoeuvre into the desired cephalic position with the head facing downward.

Acupressure point 67 located on the outside and base of the little toenail is useful for malposition of the foetus. For the exact location click here

Prepare extra food in advance for freezing. When you return home with your newborn, you’ll appreciate your initiative.

Don’t get caught short! Begin gathering the special items you may need at the labour. Many women say the more homely a delivery room seems, the more positive the birth experience.

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.




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