Several quick toning exercises will help you start preparing for
labor, with the added benefit of helping you keep your expanding
muscles tone. These are easy to do, but no exercise routine should
be started without the advice of your physician.
- Lie on floor, with your knees bent, and your feet flat on the
floor. Press the small of your back to the floor.
- Slowly extend your legs in front of you until they are
both completely straight, but still keep your back pressed
well down onto the floor.
- Draw one knee up and then the other, without lifting your
back off the floor. Relax legs back down to the floor.
- Repeat 5 times.
Taylor Sitting helps loosen the groin and hips. It also stretches the
inner thigh muscles. Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet
together. Holding ankles, bring your pelvis and feet together by
moving your hips towards your feet.
Squatting also helps prepare you for labor. Squatting has long been
thought of as a good position for laboring. Squat down, being sure
to keep a straight back. Try to put your heels down by placing your
weight evenly. Press your elbows against your thighs pushing them
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
- Frequent Urination
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Occasional headaches
- Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
Baby's weight this week averages around 8 ounces.
Pregnancy lengths were measured as head to rump, but now
well start using head to toe measurements. Using this
method, your little one is almost 9 inches long Baby
teeth have developed in the gums and the bud for
permanent teeth are just starting to form. Baby is just
starting to be aware of sounds outside the uterus, and
you may feel baby startle at unexpected noises.