The 3rd trimester: Week 34

During pregnancy, your big, beautiful belly will probably obscure most of the view of your legs, but that doesn't mean you should ignore them. Your legs do important work during pregnancy, including easing the pressure on your back. Make sure you keep moving to increase circulation, which can reduce the risk of varicose veins, a common side effect of pregnancy.

Your baby

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby's movements may be decreasing in frequency, but not to worry - it's just because your uterus is somewhat of a tight squeeze these days, given his increased size. Your little one may have a lot of hair on his head at this point and his skin is now pink, rather than red, thanks to the white fat deposits underneath it.

Your body

How you may be feeling:

When you're pregnant, you need to be taking in about 1200mg of calcium per day - not only does your baby need it for his developing bones, but your own bones and teeth can be affected if you're not getting sufficient amounts.

Good calcium food sources include: Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, almonds, parsley, corn tortillas, globe artichokes, dried prunes, pumpkin seeds, cooked dried beans and cabbage.

If you're taking a calcium supplement, make sure it's balanced two parts calcium to one part magnesium, as the two work in partnership.

For the guys

If you haven't purchased your baby's car seat and installed it facing rear-ward in the backseat of your car yet, do it now!

Tip of the week

By now you've no doubt heard that dreaded little word, perineum, bandied about. And if you haven't (or don't yet know where it is), now is the time to find out. As it can tear during labour you may need to work on what really counts at birth - relaxing the perineal muscles to let baby through.

Spend time on relaxation routines and perineal stretch exercises. And massage your perineum for four to six weeks before your due date, using either grape-seed oil or olive oil. We'll leave it up to you whether to try achieve this acrobatic feat on your own - or enlist your partner for a little maintenance-operation, which could be sexy, or not - it's up to you!

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