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      4 Tips on Preparing for Childbirth in Singapore

      Getting ready for your baby’s arrival? The last few weeks of pregnancy will be incredibly busy, and we don’t want any last minute surprises! In this article, we’ll share our favourite tips from other Singaporean mums on prepping for labour and delivery. 

      1.    Write a Birth Plan

      Get your partner involved in crafting your birth plan! This is where the both of you discuss options for labour or birth with your doctor so that you are prepared for your big day. A birth plan also includes your wishes if things do not go as expected, as well as for breastfeeding and postpartum care.

      It’s also a good idea to take a tour of the hospital and their birthing facilities — even if you’re planning a home birth. Just bear in mind that your baby won’t have read your birth plan, so you’ll need to remain flexible on that day!

       

      2.    Get Regular Antenatal Checks

      From week 34 till delivery, your doctor will check on these indicators every 2 weeks:

      •   The size and height of your uterus to ensure your baby is growing appropriately

      •   Your blood pressure

      •   Your urine for signs of infection, sugar and protein

      •   Your baby’s position, closer to your due date

      If your baby is in the bottom-first breech position, your obstetrician will discuss options on turning the baby. If your baby stays like this after 36 weeks, you may need to consider a Caesarean section. Whatever happens, the doctor will explain all your delivery options and the risks involved, so be sure to make an informed decision!

       

      3.    Identify False Alarms

      Are those spasms real contractions? Or are they false signals? It is not unusual for mums-to-be to experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which are irregular tightening and relaxing of the uterine muscles. These usually occur in late pregnancy. As your body gets ready for labour, vaginal discharge and mucous may also increase.

      Towards the later stages of pregnancy, your uterus stops pressing on your diaphragm, and you’ll find it easier to breathe. However, with your uterus now pushing on your bladder, you may need to run to the bathroom more frequently!

       

      4.    Be Patient

      Enjoy your last few weeks of pregnancy before the breastfeeding and nappy changes! Your baby's due date is only an estimate — his birth may happen 14 days prior or after. In fact, just about 5% of babies are born on their actual D-days! Instead of counting down to your due date and crossing off dates, try gentle exercises or simply relax.

      If you’re past your due date, your doctor may suggest induction – something you may consider including in your birth plan. To try to get your labour started, your doctor may do a membrane sweep at 41 weeks. An induction is normally booked in at 42 weeks.

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