Emotional guide – weeks 27 to 40
During this 3rd trimester you will feel a variety of different emotions as you prepare for the forthcoming arrival of your baby.
“Why do I feel the way I do?”
From approximately the 36th week onwards, you may start finding it difficult to sleep and also will feel more sensitive. Many women suffer from anaemia at this time, which can make their morale drop and make them feel sad. It is completely natural to feel some anxiety about the approaching birth and, if it the baby is overdue, even by just a few days, the waiting can cause more anxiety.
To help you feel better, use the following guide:
Emotional action plan for the 3rd trimester
1. Start going to birth preparation classes, your partner can attend too if he can or wants to – it’s a great way for him to get involved in the pregnancy. Of course no class, no matter how excellent, can perfectly prepare a couple for the reality of parenthood. But it will help to increase awareness and anticipate all these changes on the horizon. These classes use both discussion and activities.
2. Feed your brain! Your baby’s brain’s growth accelerates in this last trimester; he or she uses up your fatty acids as required and leaves you with very little for yourself. Make sure you eat enough fatty fish and other foods that contain fatty acids, or take Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements.
3. Take herbal infusions. These plants have been used for thousands of years for treating birthing pains and accelerating recovery after the birth. If you have trouble sleeping, try chamomile herbal tea and put a little lavender under your pillow when you go to bed.
4. Relax and connect with your baby. Play gentle music, turn out the lights, sit or lie on a cushion-covered bed. Then stretch and relax each of your toes. Do the same with each muscle group in your body right up to your head. You should feel perfectly relaxed afterwards. Focus also on your baby’s movements and take the time to talk to him/her.
5. Find time for your partner. Go to the cinema or theatre together, enjoy a candlelit dinner for two. When baby arrives you’ll have tons of other things to do and hardly any time for anything else.
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