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Pregnancy Calendar Week 34

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With your baby taking up every spare millimeter in your belly, you're going to feel his every slightest movement. Meanwhile, we'll help you finalize your birth plan and tell you the signs of labor.
Learn more about your 34th week of pregnancy

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Pregnancy side effects. What to do about stretch marks

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About Stretch Marks Stretch marks – the dark lines that can develop on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks and thighs – occur when the connective fibres in the skin become damaged after persistent stretching. Other than their unsightliness, they have no health implications, and more often than not they will fade over time.
Read What to do about stretch marks

Pregnancy Calendar:

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Your body is rapidly undergoing new and exciting changes every day. Our pregnancy calendar walks you through the journey from week 4 to week 40. Its our step-by-step guide to every gurgle, kick, and craving!
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Working in pregnancy. How to stay a comfortable working mom on the job? What is good job for pregnant woman?

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Stay Comfortable at Work As long as you are having no complications, you should be able to continue working right up to the final weeks or even days of your pregnancy. But make sure you schedule in regular rest times (15 minutes is often enough) when you can switch off from the daily grind and tune into your baby's world.
Read How to stay comfortable on the job

How long can I keep working in pregnancy? Jobs for pregnant women

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Stay Comfortable at Work As long as you are having no complications, you should be able to continue working right up to the final weeks or even days of your pregnancy. But make sure you schedule in regular rest times (15 minutes is often enough) when you can switch off from the daily grind and tune into your baby's world.
Read How long can I keep working

Helping your child to feel part of the second pregnancy and preparing for the extended family

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Pregnancy is a joyful time -- one that you'll want to share with everyone you love. To include your young child, help her see the baby as a real little person who is already part of your family. Here's how!
Sharing your pregnancy with your child

Shop 'til you drop on baby stuff. What to buy for a newborn, best baby products

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Baby booties, bath towels, stretchsuits, nappies -- here's a list of everything you'll need for your newborn's early days at home. Plus, important safety tips to keep in mind while shopping for children's clothing.
Your baby's first shopping list

Foetus third trimester. In third trimester, you're almost there! Time for third trimester ultrasound for third trimester ultrasound

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The last trimester is a remarkable period of growth and development for your child. It's also a time for you to slow down and take it easy. How to make these last few months more comfortable and fulfilling? Read on!
Taking care of yourself during the last trimester

Uterus birth abilities. Just testing your uterus - or real thing? Uterus size after birth

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While Braxton-Hicks are harmless "practice" contractions, preterm labor is the real thing. Here's how to tell the difference between the two -- plus how doctors stop preterm labor, and steps you can take to prevent it.
What you need to know about preterm labor

In the home stretch. indigestion during pregnancy – a pregnancy pain that can be reduced

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Now that you're in your last trimester, your expanding belly may cause shortness of breath, heartburn, and indigestion. How can you make your last three months more comfortable? Read on!
Easing third-trimester discomforts

Sleep during pregnancy and problems with urinary frequency. Let sleeping mums lie

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Difficulty sleeping? Between a kicking baby, frequent trips to the bathroom, and the challenge of finding a comfortable position, it can be hard to sleep when you're pregnant. Fortunately, we have tips to help.
How to get a good night's sleep while pregnant

Working mom. Can I Keep Working in pregnancy? What is good job for pregnant woman?

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It's a question every pregnant woman eventually asks: How long can I keep working? For the answer to this question -- plus on-the-job strategies for staying healthy and comfortable at work -- read on!
Working while pregnant

Sex in pregnancy. Is sex during pregnancy okay?

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Wondering if it's safe to have sex during pregnancy? Learn how pregnancy affects orgasm and libido; what your partner may be feeling; and when spotting or other complications are cause for concern.
Enjoying sex during pregnancy

Baby development, pregnancy development. Listen with tum – baby reading

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Did you know you can set the stage for reading even before your baby is born? From gathering your favorite children's books to writing your baby's daily story, here's how to make reading a part of your child's life.
Setting the stage for reading

Foetal development. Sight and sound of the baby in the womb

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What can your baby see and hear? Learn how your child's senses are optimized for bonding with you, and how to use sight and hearing to connect with your little one even before he is born.
Learn about your baby's sight and hearing

Daddy's checklist before baby arrival, or how to prepare for childbirth

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Daddy's Checklist As birthing partner, you have your own list of To-Dos for the birth. If you haven't done so already, visit the maternity unit and work out a couple of routes from your house in case your usual one is blocked on the big day. Prepare the camera, and get to grips with the baby's car seat in advance.
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Home stretch - useful tips for your growing needs

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Eat Up for the Birth With only a few weeks to go, it's worth thinking about your dietary intake again. You'll be needing good energy reserves to get through the big day.
Read Your growing needs

Shopping for your newborn. Shopping list for the baby's wardrobe

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Shop for It Are you ready with all your baby must-haves? Have you shopped til you dropped and ticked off all the items on your list? Or are you still baffled by babygros and cotton cellular blankets?
Read Shopping for your newborn

Pregnancy labour and delivery. How will I know – is it labour?

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How will I Know? It may sound like a silly question, but it's one that most new mothers ask themselves in the final weeks. Fear that you might suddenly come into labour and end up giving birth in the middle of the supermarket vegetable isle may be keeping you indoors. But don't worry. The vast majority of first births are fairly slow affairs, with an obvious build up of symptoms that are easy to recognize. These include: 1. Nesting instinct (a strong urge to get everything spick and span for the arrival) 2. A show (vaginal mucus discharge from the cervical plug) 3. Contractions (localized pain and cramping that comes at regular intervals around your abdomen, pelvic area and/or lower back, getting stronger and more frequent over a number of hours).
Read How will I know I'm in labour?

Giving birth to baby. Playing it safe during these final weeks before birth

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Dos and Don'ts for the Final Stretch Though your baby is now fully developed, medically speaking he is not full term until you've completed week 37. The safest place for your little one is still tucked up inside your tummy. So keep a few precautionary measures in mind as you await the big day. Remember that your balance is not what it usually is, so beware when climbing in and out of the bath, for instance. Don't put excess strain on your stomach muscles by lifting bulky or heavy objects. And don't venture too far from home in case you come into early labour. For this reason, always carry your maternity notes in your bag.
Read Playing it safe during these final weeks

Making the most of your maternity leave for your motherhood

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Make the Most of your Maternity Leave Though you may feel impatient to meet your baby, don't wish the final weeks of pregnancy away. This is a great opportunity to concentrate on yourself for a change. So why not join an antenatal class, such as yoga or aqua aerobics, where you can make new friends. Or take up that hobby you've always wanted to try. Make time to see your friends, too, before the nesting instinct kicks in and you become obsessed with the urge to get the house ready for the new arrival.
Read Making the most of your maternity leave

Premature birth and preemie babies. Signs of preterm labour. Risk of a premature baby

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Early Arrival Very occasionally, babies decide to make an early appearance. Although you shouldn't worry unnecessarily about preterm labour, it's good to know what the symptoms are, just in case. Call the midwife or doctor if you experience: 1. Real contractions that grow increasingly regular and painful, as opposed to practice ones 2. Pressure and aching in groin area or lower back 3. Pinkish or brown vaginal discharge or spotting.
Read Signs of preterm labour

Foetus development stages. Hello Mum, I can hear you! Baby development

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What's That Noise? Sound is one of the most stimulating aspects of your baby's world. Although the amniotic liquid has a muffling effect, the womb is filled with noises from your own body and from the outside world. Your baby already startles to loud noises and pays special attention to certain special sounds: your voice in particular, as well as music and other voices nearby. Make the most of this.
Read Hello Mum, I can hear you!

Parenting tips. Treat yourself during the last weeks of pregnancy

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Tip of the Month For a last-minute pick-me-up why not treat yourself to a visit to the hairdressers and perhaps even some new makeup. Take the opportunity now – before your hands are full and your thoughts are completely focused on your wonderful new baby!
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Newborn baby and breastfeeding advice. Breastfeeding Misconceptions

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Nursing Nonsense You've probably been bombarded with information about breastfeeding – some good (it's the best start for your baby, and the easiest method, too!) some perhaps a little worrying (breastfeeding can be painful – but only until your nipples desensitize), and some downright false (women with small breasts can't breastfeed!). Don't let misinformation put you off.
Read Breastfeeding Misconceptions

Growing bigger and stronger by the day. The wonder of your baby's brain

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Chubby Cheeks! Over the next one month, your little one will be gaining weight at the rate of about a quarter of a kilo per week, storing layers of fat in preparation for life in the outside world and making your bump seem bigger by the day. Keep an eye on your baby's movements after spicy meals this month, as certain flavours can affect your amniotic liquid and your little one is now able to differentiate between sweet and sour.
Read Growing bigger and stronger by the day

Husband and pregnancy. Let others in my family share the magic of my pregnancy

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It Takes Two Parents-to-be can share the magic of pregnancy in many ways. Keeping a diary is a great way to express personal feelings. Mums, especially, need to remain sensitive to the needs of their partners who may feel cut off from the experience. Share any new sensations you feel from within, encourage your partner to talk to your bumb and to feel your baby's responses. And spend time together guessing at your little one's future temperament, facial features and little habits.
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It is your first baby and you want to be a good mum. Your antenatal class and childbirth classes curriculum

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A Class Act Your idea of childbirth classes is probably formed from a mixture of film scenes and hearsay from other expectant parents, and the idea of sitting on the floor in a circle practicing breathing techniques with total strangers might not appeal to you or your partner. But don't let your preconceptions put you off. The vast majority of classes are relaxed, fun affairs during which couples can find answers to all their questions, share their concerns and gain vital insight into what the big day will bring. Be sure to look into all the options available in your area before signing up.
Read Your antenatal class curriculum

Construction zone. How your little one is already putting organs of your baby to use

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What's That I can See? At 30 weeks, your little one's eyesight is sensitive enough to pick up changes in luminosity inside your womb. Your baby will respond by blinking and moving away if a bright light is shone onto your abdomen. Now measuring between 35 and 38 cm long (around 14 inches), and weighing around 1 kg (2.5 lbs), your baby has also been busy practicing breathing movements in preparation for life in the outside world.
Read How your little one is already putting his organs to use

End of pregnancy. GOOD LUCK! You know you are well prepared for the childbirth.

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CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK! You have reached the end of your pregnancy and are moments away from finally holding your baby in your arms. As you enter this exciting chapter in your life, remember that everything you've learnt over the past nine months will help you in your new role as a mother. It's been an amazing journey during which you accomplished nothing short of a miracle. Inside you, a new life has taken shape and blossomed into the bundle of joy who will transform your life forever. Be confident as you embark on the final leg of the journey. You'll be fantastic, we just know it! So the very best of luck from us all at Pampers Village!
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Choosing the right baby car seat for your baby safety

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Choosing the right car seat
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Antenatal classes and labour classes. Don't forget your homework before labour

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Tip of the Month Athletes always perform better if they've perfected their skills well in advance. The same will be true for you in labour. If you take time at home to rehearse the pain management skills you've learned in your classes, you'll be able to perform the relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques much more successfully when you really need them. Fifteen minutes practice a day will make all the difference on the day. So make it part of your daily routine and get those pelvic floor muscles working!
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Treasure the memory in a home video and pregnancy photos

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Tip of the Month It's easy to lose sight of your loving relationship, with parenthood looming so large in the future. So try to put a regular date in your diary for grown-up fun, romantic outings, or a special candlelit meal at home. Make the most of each other's company now. The opportunity for a quiet, uninterrupted cuddle will be rare once junior arrives!
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My child and pregnancy. How my baby is gearing up for the big day

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Ready, Set, Here I Come! By 37 weeks, your baby will possess all his newborn reflexes and his body will be ready for life in the outside world. His weight and strength are increasing by the day, causing your bump to noticeably drop as the head becomes engaged low down in your pelvic area. Movements are restricted now and patterns of sleep and activity are more marked. Already there are clues to your little one's temperament.
Read How your baby is gearing up for the big day

Ask for Support

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Support for New Mothers Whatever your circumstances, don't try to go through the birth or the first few days as a new mother alone. When it comes to coping with a newborn, we all need help and support. Midwifes and Health Visitors offer hands-on guidance and medical advice, but friends and relatives are vital too. You'll need extra pairs of hands to help with household tasks, and spare eyes and ears to watch the baby while you nap and recharge your batteries.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 31

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Your baby may seem less active now that there's little room to move in your belly. You may also experience practice contractions called Braxton Hicks. How do you know it's not preterm labor? Read on!
Learn more about your 31st week of pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar Week 27

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Why is your baby most active at night? Could it have anything to do with the bizarre pregnancy dreams you're having? And what's going on with your ever-changing breasts? Read on for the answers!
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 37

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As your baby drops into position for birth, you may find it's easier to breathe but harder to maintain your balance. Meanwhile, if you haven't prepared a bag for the hospital, here's what you need to pack.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 35

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As the big day approaches, it's natural to feel some anxiety about possible childbirth complications. Breech birth? Cesarean section? Umbilical cord around the baby's neck? Here's what you need to know.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 32

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Your baby's likely settling into the head-down position, where he'll hopefully stay until you give birth. Time to tour the hospital, map out travel routes, and start those antenatal classes!
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 28

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Your baby is gaining weight rapidly now -- which may cause you to develop pink, red, or white stretch marks, especially on your abdomen. Will creams and lotions help? Here's what the experts say.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 36

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You're likely seeing your midwife every week now. In the meantime, learn what you can do to familiarize your baby with your voice and introduce her to your favorite songs and stories while she's still in the womb.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 33

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Your baby will double her weight over the next seven weeks, so it's important to eat right, now more than ever. Meanwhile, numbness and pain in your wrists and fingers could indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 39

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Is it Braxton Hicks contractions or true labor? What if your water breaks or you have bloody "show"? Here's how to tell if you should go to the hospital, plus tips on pain relief during labor.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 29

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If you've been waking up at night with leg cramps, we'll tell you why and how to cope. In the meantime, your baby will be putting on most of her weight over the next three months -- and so will you!
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 38

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Your baby is now full-term! Most babies are born within two weeks of their due date, so you'll probably give birth in the next four weeks. To help make labor and birth more comfortable, consider these options.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 30

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Feeling itchy? Your growing baby is stretching the skin over your abdomen, which can cause your belly to itch. You may also feel itchy on your arms, legs, fingers, and toes. Fortunately, we have tips to help.
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Pregnancy Calendar Week 40

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While your baby's body systems may be ready for life outside the womb, she may decide to stay inside a bit longer. If this happens, don't be disappointed. Here's what you need to know.
Learn more about your 40th week of pregnancy