During this important week, keep these things in mind:
- Eat lots of calcium so the baby's calcium needs don't deplete your own bones. You may have trouble eating again. Some women have heavy heartburn because the growing uterus has pushed the stomach out of its normal position. In the third trimester, as in the first, the advice is to eat small meals throughout the day, and avoid fried foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices.
- Sleep all you can, while you can. As you continue to gain weight, be comforted by the fact that two of those pounds may be just in breast tissue. But it's not over. At this stage, you may need to go bra shopping yet again. Oh, and you may want to check the drug store for absorbent breast pads to insert into your bra. That's right: You may start leaking even before you have the baby.
- And speaking of leaking: You may want to keep some panty liners on hand.