If this is your first pregnancy, you and your spouse might want to
plan a special evening together before becoming new parents. This
will give you an opportunity to discuss your feelings and ensure these
last few weeks are special for you both.
If you have other children, involve them in the preparations in these
final weeks. Your children are probably very excited. Help them make a
Welcome Baby banner for the nursery, or a card for them to give the
baby one she arrives. If you expect a lot of visitors with baby gifts
once the baby arrives, and you have a toddler or preschooler, you may
want to prepare a basket of big sister/brother gifts. These could be
just small books, crayons etc. This will help them from feeling left
out when the new baby gets presents. It's not unusual for toddlers
and preschoolers to experience some regression when a new sibling
arrives. Make sure that you make time for them away from the new baby.
You can also hold "Big Sister/ Big Brother Classes for them. You can
give them diapers and let them practice diapering their dolls. Use
dolls to help them learn how to hold the baby. Your hospital may
provide a sibling class as well.
The vernix that your baby started developing earlier
is getting quite thick now. His lungs are still not
quite mature, but he is practicing breathing more and
more each day. He weighs around 4.4 pounds, and is 19.4
Disclaimer - Each pregnancy, expectant mother, and unborn child is different. Your pregnancy may not progress the same as the information found here. The information here is based on the average pregnancy. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice your may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your doctor.