You're 7 Months Pregnant... Now What?
What to Think About When You're 7 Months Pregnant
Laying back, you look down at your stomach and see what appears to be an alien trying to claw it's way out. Don't freak out—that's just your bundle of joy doing gymnastics.
If you're currently near or around the seven-month park during pregnancy, you're definitely showing. Maybe your walking style has turned into something resembling a penguin's waddle. Or back pains and swollen ankles are becoming a daily part of your life. It also may seem as if you've been pregnant forever, though it's only actually been seven months. Also, bear in mind that the next and last two months will also seem as if they'll go on forever. But it won't.
This article will address two key things you can do now at the seven-month mark of your pregnancy cycle.
- How to start thinking about your birth plan.
- How to pack your hospital bag.
This will not only help pass the time, but will better prepare you for when your little bundle of joy does arrive. Good luck and hang in there!
How to Think About Your Birth Plan
At seven months, you should definitely start thinking about your birth plan. You can discuss your options with friends, midwives, other mothers, or your OB. This is a great idea, seeing as how they might come up with ideas about things you've never thought about.
If this is your first pregnancy and you have no idea what sort of things a birth plan should include, then you can use this list of questions to get you started on the right path. Don't feel limited to just this list. Remember, this is your pregnancy and your birth plan. Feel free to add anything you would like. But, as a starting point, here are things you can consider:
- Who do you want in the room with you during the birth?
- What pain relief method would you prefer? (Research can be done to explore the many options that are available.)
- Would you like your partner present if you must have a Cesarean?
- What position would you like to give birth in?
- Would you like a mirror available so that you can see the baby being delivered? (Some hospitals provide these.)
- Who do you want to cut the umbilical cord?
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Another thing you can do is begin to plan or pack your hospital bag. Try to approach this like you're packing for camp. In other words, pack anything and everything you think you may need.
It is a good idea to get this bag packed early, rather than wait until the due date. You never know exactly when the baby will come, unless you have a scheduled induction. Here is a list of suggested items to pack in your bag. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions.
- Your birth plan
- Books and crossword puzzles to pass the time
- Slippers for comfort
- Front buttoning/zipping nightgown
- Healthy snacks for afterward
- Movies (some hospitals have DVD players or VCR s in the room)
- Radio or MP3 player
- Change for the pay phone in case the phone in your room is tied up
- Your phone charger in case you are there for a while
- Disposable underwear
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair brush
- Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
- Towels and washcloths
- Nursing bras (if you plan to breast feed)
- A list of phone numbers of people you wish to notify afterward
Remember, this should be a joyful and very exciting time in your life. As ready as you are to give birth, remember that after birth you may still crave the closeness that you and your baby once had. So, for now enjoy every moment!