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The Weeks Before Labor

In the final weeks of pregnancy your baby is growing rapidly, the placenta is larger, and there is more amniotic fluid present. All of this is stretching your belly and probably becoming quite uncomfortable.

You may have trouble sleeping, getting comfortable anywhere, experiencing leg cramps, have irregular and bothersome contractions, or just feel ready to have your baby in your arms! Your body is preparing for labor by moving your baby into position (hopefully head down), by starting to soften the cervix, and warming up for the big event.

Some couples have found these tips helpful in the last few weeks:

These final weeks can be exhausting and sometimes even frustrating, but know that all the changes are internally accomplishing things that need to happen. Hang in there, you are almost done!

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.