Childbirth classes will give you a general overview of what to expect during your labor and delivery, including your options for pain relief versus more natural methods, vaginal birth versus cesarean section, and related subjects. Plus, childbirth and prenatal classes in the third trimester offer a wonderful way for you to make friends with other pregnant couples.
It’s important for you to learn about both giving birth vaginally as well as by a cesarean section. Even if you are dead set on having a vaginal birth, you should learn about the reasons for an unplanned cesarean birth and what goes on during a cesarean section in the event that you require an emergency C-section.
As you close in on the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may find yourself consumed with thoughts of your labor and delivery. You may be nervous about the pain of labor, or perhaps you are worried that your labor will drag on for hours and days. In the last month of your third trimester, try to educate yourself on the labor and delivery process.
Many women have extreme mood swings from about 35 weeks pregnant and on. Ok, many women have mood swings their entire pregnancy, but you may find them particularly dramatic around this time. During the last few weeks of pregnancy you should definitely consider a prenatal massage or two, particularly if you haven’t already.
You are now considered early term. This means that if you were to deliver your baby this week, there is a good chance that he or she would be perfectly healthy. True labor contractions can be difficult to distinguish from false labor (Braxton Hicks) contractions. But here are a few general rules…