Mom's tip of the week
Did you know...?
It's nesting time. In spite of your growing belly and increasing discomfort at 37 weeks pregnant, you might be surprised by an overwhelming urge to clean, cook, or get organized. If so, you’re nesting, which is perfectly normal at this point in your pregnancy. Indulge that instinct a little, but don’t overdo it—you need to save your strength for the birth process.
Baby brain waves
Your baby’s brain is developing.
Even at 37 weeks pregnant, your baby’s head continues to grow. At birth, it will be a half-inch larger than their chest! What’s your baby doing with all that brain room? In part, they’re improving the connections between the neurons and muscles, which is allowing your little one to develop fine motor skills, like grasping a tiny toe. But birth isn’t the end of brain development.
Through the first two years of life, your baby’s brain develops more rapidly than it ever will again. In fact, the brain grows 175% in the first year of life. Remember that nutrition (with brain-nourishing DHA in breast milk or formula) and stimulation (through everyday learning activities) are important ways to support your baby’s brain development.
Real issues, real solutions.
The issue: Unless you're planning on a home delivery, you've probably got a few days in the hospital in your near future.
The solution: While things are calm, it's a good time to start packing for the hospital to make your stay homier. Wondering what to pack? Here are some items to put on your list.
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