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35 Weeks Pregnant: Bring This to the Hospital

“I prepare for birth emotionally and physically.”

Planning to birth at a hospital or a free-standing birth center? Keep your packing simple with these Spinning Babies® tips. First, find out if your hospital or birth center provides a birth ball, essential oils you may know work well for you, or headphones to stream music.

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Birthing Parent Essentials:

  • Three printed copies of your birth preferences/birth plan (see Week 33 for tips)
  • List of Spinning Babies® techniques to use in labor
  • Rebozo (ask if your doula will bring one)
  • A printed copy of the Spinning Babies Quick Reference Digital Download (solutions for common issues of long or painful labor, or stalls in the birth of a head-down baby)
  • Labor snacks: think easy to chew and digest. Great options are fresh, cut-up fruit, oatmeal, simple soups, smoothies, yogurt, and honey sticks. Don’t forget food for your birthing partner too.
  • Emergen-C is a packet of powder you add to water that makes a flavored drink with electrolytes, Vitamin C and other antioxidants (2) with B Vitamins and electrolytes. Great for labor!
  • A birth ball (if not provided)
  • Lip balm
  • Hair ties or a soft headband to keep hair out of your face
  • Birthing day clothes, if you’re modest: an inexpensive cotton skirt you’re not attached to allows for movement, squatting, and cervical checks as necessary
  • Comfortable clothes for your postpartum time (similar to what fit your 5-month pregnant body): nursing tank tops and bras, a comfortable robe, shirts that button down or open in the front for easy breastfeeding access
  • Partner clothes: comfortable pants you can move, kneel, and squat in. A button-down shirt allows you to easily snuggle your newborn skin-to-skin, if you don’t want to remove your shirt entirely.
  • A camera
  • Personal, travel-size toiletries. You can fill these with your favorite or find pre-packaged travel-size toiletries.
  • Witch hazel. Apply to postpartum pads to soothe hemorrhoids or swollen tissue
  • Homeopathic Arnica 30C, to soothe swollen tissues
  • Phones and phone chargers
Non-essentials (but nice to have):
  • Essential oils (lavender for calming, for example)
  • Music: depending on what’s offered at your birthing location you may need to bring your own music streaming device. Some women never listen to music, even if they intend to, but it’s nice to have the option, especially if you want to dance your baby down or if music soothes you.
  • A gardening knee pad (cushion for when you’re on hands/ball and knees, or for your support person)
  • Non-skid socks. Most hospitals provide them, but you may want your own; birth centers may not provide them.
  • A favorite pillow or blanket for postpartum resting and snuggles
  • Postpartum sitz bath herbs

Spinning Babies Activity of the Week

The Abdominal Lift and Tuck isn’t effective in pregnancy but can be helpful during early and active labor to help baby engage. Learn it before labor begins. Once baby engages your labor, might speed up.

How to do the Abdominal Lift and Tuck:
  1. As a contraction begins, link your fingers under your belly and lift about two inches.
  2. Bring your belly in (toward your spine) by 1-2 inches (depending on your size). Be comfortable.
  3. At the same time, bend your knees and flatten your lower back, coming into a posterior pelvic tilt.
  4. Hold your belly up through the entire contraction. It’s okay to sway or rock a little during the contraction, but hold your belly in one place to avoid being uncomfortable.
  5. When the contraction ends, lean forward slightly and slowly let go of your abdomen.
  6. Repeat the Abdominal Lift for 10 contractions in a row.

Your Baby This Week

Your baby is around 18.2 inches long this week and weighs approximately 5.3 pounds. A baby’s brain at 35 weeks of pregnancy weighs two-thirds of what it will weigh at 39 to 40 weeks of pregnancy.

You This Week

Whether pregnant with singletons and multiples, Spinning Babies suggests eating protein-smart. That means six protein servings a day, such as two servings of fresh meat the size of a deck of cards, one low-mercury, deep sea fish or two whole eggs; a quart of whole milk; a handful of raw almonds; and vegetable sources. Peanut butter is a bit heavy for the liver to process on a daily basis. Fresh veggies help your digestion when eaten daily.

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:

 

“I prepare for birth emotionally and physically.”
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