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29 Weeks Pregnant: Care Provider Check-In

“My intuition is strong. What answers does it have for me?”

As you progress further into your pregnancy, you’ve likely read some books, considered or completed childbirth education, and learned a few new things. Most importantly, you’re likely becoming more clear in your own heart about your preferences when it comes to birth care. How is your midwife’s or doctor’s care resonating with you? We discussed the specifics of choosing your care provider and building your birth team in Week 9 and Week 15, so feel free to revisit those details, especially if you’re new to Spinning Babies®.

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If you feel unclear, check out the 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care, written by the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI), and the Rights of Childbearing Women by Childbirth Connection. Then, consider the following:

  1. Do you feel empowered? Information about best maternity care practices is important, and so is serenity. Relationships of trust within the birth team are helpful.
  2. Do you feel equal? A care provider who is comfortable in a cooperative relationship shares responsibility with the woman giving birth. Women have a dynamic role in their own maternity care.
  3. Is your voice being heard? You need the clarity and courage to ask questions and state your needs and desires in a way that recognizes your own worthiness and that of your birth team. Are you communicating? Are you being heard?

Communication can feel hard, especially in a relationship where you might feel the care provider has more power or information than you. Remember, this is a reciprocal relationship. Your care provider is part of your team, not an adversary. If, after attempting to communicate about any questions you may have, know that it is rarely too late to switch care providers, if that feels right to you. Sometimes we hear things like, “Well, I’ll just stick with this person this time and consider different choices next time.” If your heart points in a different direction now, why wait? You’ll birth this baby just once. Listen to your intuition.

Spinning Babies Activity of the Week

Rebozo Manteada

You and a partner learned in Week 22 how to do Rebozo belly sifting on hands and knees. Now it’s time to fine-tune this helpful technique that relaxes the birth giver and creates space for baby.

The Rebozo is a long, woven scarf used traditionally in Mexico for a number of purposes such as carrying babies, children, and groceries. Belly sifting with the Rebozo relaxes your broad ligament and muscles you can’t relax yourself. It’s beneficial for all pregnant people, as well as during early or active labor (between contractions) for relaxation or helping to rotate baby.

How to do Rebozo Belly Sifting:

  1. Come down to your hands and knees, or rest your arms over a birth ball or chair.
  2. The helper stands behind the pregnant person, with knees slightly bent, back straight, elbows near their sides. Make a hammock with the Rebozo, spread it across/under the belly, holding the Rebozo with straight wrists.
  3. Gently lift the weight of baby. Check in with the mother. Does this feel okay?
  4. When yes, slowly rock the belly in the hammock, using short, circular movements, like the rods on an old time train. (Your hands take turns raising just about 1 to 2 centimeters.)
  5. When the gentle rocking feels okay, speed it up. It should still feel good to the pregnant person.
  6. After 2-3 minutes of sifting, stop slowly. Practice daily.

Note: The Rebozo should not shift with the clothes if it does you aren’t lifting enough. The mother should be comfortable. Learn more at SpinningBabies.com.

Your Baby This Week

Brain activity shows that babies can dream by now and control body temperature. The skeleton continues hardening, absorbing about 250 milligrams of calcium each day, so eat those calcium-rich greens, yogurt, and red raspberry leaf tea. Your baby weighs about 2.6 pounds and measures between 15 and 17 inches long.

You This Week

In some ways, the third trimester mirrors the first: You might notice an increase in trips to the toilet again, while the hormone prolactin (which stimulates milk production) can bring back that nappish feeling. Follow what your body needs, though stay active. Work up to three miles of walking daily, if you haven’t already, knowing that it’ll help boost your energy, keep you healthy through this final trimester, and help you walk confidently into your birthing day!

Weekly Affirmation

Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy:

 

“My intuition is strong. What answers does it have for me?”
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