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Pregnancy healthy SHOULD I WAIT FOR LABOR?


Only 6 more weeks! Are you nervous? This is your first!


What if she’s not here by her due date?


It’s not a deadline—it’s an estimate of when she’d finish 40 weeks.


9 months. 40 weeks. It’s confusing.


No worries. Experts say she’ll trigger labor when she’s ready. There’s a big hormone cascade that preps her for life outside— especially her lungs/brain.


Didn’t know that. How long can I wait? She can’t stay in there forever!


LOL—since you don’t know exactly when you conceived, it’s best to let baby pick her birthday.


Yea, my nurse sent me to GoTheFull40.com. She said to wait for labor to start on its own. So I’m waiting…


Play it safe. Don’t evict her, ha ha. She’ll emerge when she’s ready.


DO DON’T


TAKE YOUR TOTS TO YOUR NEXT PRENATAL CHECK TO HEAR


BABY’S HEARTBEAT OR SEE HER ON ULTRASOUND.


SHARE STORIES AND PICTURES FROM WHEN THEY WERE BAKING IN YOUR BELLY.


EXPLAIN BABY’S DUE DATE SIMPLY, LIKE WHAT THE


WEATHER WILL BE LIKE THEN.


RISK DISASTER BY ASKING IF YOUR CHILD WANTS A BROTHER OR SISTER.


TELL YOUR CHILD TO BE A BIG BOY OR GIRL.


MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES,


LIKE RUSHING POTTY TRAINING OR GIVING UP A BABY BLANKET.


T e 411 on BMI and C-Sections


You might be eating for two, but gaining more than 30 pounds during pregnancy may put you at a greater risk for needing an intervention at birth, particularly cesarean surgery. And this is regardless of pre-pregnancy weight, say researchers in Norway. Already overweight or obese? Women with a BMI of 40 or more before conceiving are most likely to need cesarean to birth baby. Remember our mantra: Eat for 1.1, gradually adding from 150 to 300 extra calories a day as the months roll by. Pick your calories carefully and opt for nutrient-dense choices like veggies with hummus or an apple with peanut butter.


ISSUE 12 / Fall 2013 Healthy Mom&Baby 21


Make Way for Baby


BY SUMMER HUNT


Sure, your baby’s siblings know something’s up with your ever- increasing bump. Ease the transition for toddlers and teens alike by helping them understand what’s happening and when.


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