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What happens when baby finally “drops” inside you? (Trust me, it’s a good thing!) And how to bank some freezer meals now to make life easier later.
At 5.5 pounds and 20 inches long, can you believe how big Baby Natural’s getting? (Judging from the size of your belly, the answer’s probably YES.)
Fun fact: back at 20 weeks, Baby Natural was only about 2% body fat. Now that number’s closer to 15%, and it will reach around 35% by birth. Expect a soft, squishy little chub!
Something else that stays soft is baby’s skull. This is to accommodate baby’s rapidly growing brain, but more importantly, to make it easier for you to birth your little Einstein! The soft skull will change shape, or “mould,” during delivery, which accounts for the cone-headed appearance some babies get. But don’t worry, baby’s skull reverts back to its normal shape within a few days.
Mama, I can’t breathe!
I remember struggling for air while I was pregnant the first time around. As I neared my due date, it felt like my son was doing the Harlem Shake up on my lungs. I literally couldn't catch my breath.
If you’re feeling shortness of breath, know that this will likely change over the next few weeks. Baby will drop further down into your pelvis to prepare for birth. This phenomena is called “lightening,” and it will certainly let you breathe a sigh of relief.
In the meantime, you may want to eat small meals throughout the day and do your pelvic exercises to encourage baby to make his descent.
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I hope that you will be blessed by a friend or family member cooking you a meal postpartum. There is nothing better.
After birth, you are tired, sore, and depleted. The last thing you want to do is dive into a big cooking project.
But what you’ll need most are nourishing home-cooked meals. Because you will be hungry. Once baby’s out in the world, your stomach will descend to its normal position (well, mostly) and will be ready for you to fill it!
Also, breastfeeding mamas have appetites like linebackers. At least I did.
Here’s a Mama Natural pro tip: Use some of your final nesting energy to freeze nutrient-dense meals NOW.
You want stick-to-your-ribs food that will nourish you and baby (through breastfeeding).
Trust me, you (and your full, happy belly) will thank yourself in a month or so.
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