Try not to sweat it if stretch marks have made their debut in your midsection. Depending on your skin tone, these lovely additions to your body can range from light pink to Barney-the-Dinosaur purple in color. The marketplace is rife with creams that claim to reduce their prominence or eliminate them altogether. The jury's still out on the effectiveness of such products, so you might want to think twice before spending your hard-earned money on them. Most of the time, stretch marks are with you for life, although they do fade dramatically over time, with or without interventional medicine. So, try to let your concerns over these superficial scars go, and instead embrace the joy of your impending mommyhood.
Also, try not to fret if you haven't made up your mind about natural birth versus epidural assistance. Although many women have a strong opinion one way or the other, it's perfectly fine to play it by ear or make your decision closer to the date. Just don't wait too long once you're in labor to decide -- there is a point of no return after which most doctors can't allow epidurals to be administered.
If you're giving birth outside a hospital, now's the time to finalize your plans. Whether you're having a water birth or simply a natural home delivery, you'll need to make sure you have the appropriate supplies and a doula, midwife or other expert on call for the big day.
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