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Your baby is gaining weight steadily now, and you may experience sudden food cravings. This week we offer some suggestions for easing long commutes for working women and tips for combating backache.
The changes your body goes through during pregnancy can sometimes result in back pain. Your body weight increases as your baby grows and changes in your joints caused by pregnancy hormones can make your back ache. To avoid back pain:
If you have a long journey to and from work, you may find this travel hardest at the beginning of pregnancy (because you’re feeling sick and tired) and at the end (because of your growing bump).
There is often little time in an antenatal visit to ask questions, and it’s hard to take complicated information in straight away, especially if English is not your first language. If you keep forgetting what you wanted to ask, write it down and take a list of questions in with you. If things don’t make sense, ask for an extra appointment with your LMC so that things can be explained to you in a way you do understand.
It also helps staff to look after you better if you’re honest with them, too. Being upfront about saying there are things that are worrying you may mean staff put aside some time to help sort out those worries.
You may feel a fool, sitting down and reading bedtime stories to a bump! Even if you don’t want to talk or sing to your baby, he or she will hear and get to know your voice anyway as you talk to other people. So if it’s not your thing – don’t worry. Your baby will get to know you face-to-face when in the world.