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Wondering which sort of pain relief you might choose, and wondering what to put down on your birth plan? Our chart will help you decide by looking at the pros and cons of each method.
Some mothers find hypnotherapy or acupuncture can be effective for pain relief. Aromatherapy can also be useful. Discuss the availability of these options with your LMC.
If you’re a mother-to-be on your own, you may start to feel particularly lonely around now. Other women have partners to help and support them, you don’t. But that doesn’t mean you have to be alone – friends and family can become even more important to you now – don’t be too proud to ask for their help, they may be glad of the chance to be there for you when you most need it.
Your blood will probably be tested again this week for the level of haemoglobin – this is to check that you have enough iron in your bloodstream and aren’t becoming anaemic. You may be prescribed iron tablets if you are not already taking them, and, if you’ve been feeling tired, they may give you your energy back.
A test for gestational diabetes is often offered at this time too. Your LMC will discuss this with you.
If you’ve been told earlier in pregnancy that your placenta is low-lying, a scan this week may show that it is now higher up in the uterus. There is still time for the lower segment to stretch and in turn, the placenta may still move. If it’s still lying low, perhaps covering or partially covering the cervix – the opening of your uterus that will gradually open to let the baby out – then you will be scanned at intervals to assess the placenta’s position and see if it has moved.
You will soon be starting your childbirth education classes. Parents Centres also run a number of programmes to help you through those early months of parenthood see www.parentscentre.org.nz.