We usually think of babies and milestones in terms of post-delivery events like, the first time baby self-soothes, sits up or moves from liquid food to solids. But, pregnancy itself is full of milestones. Most baby guides like to compare your baby’s prenatal development to some kind of fruit or vegetable. (Fun fact: That’s why Drew Barrymore named her baby Olive – she read it and thought it was cute.) While baby’s getting ready to be born, you’re going through changes of your own. Here are some mommy milestones to think about during your home stretch.
Start your baby registry: When baby’s somewhere between grapefruit and cantaloupe-size (about 23-24 weeks), you’ll want to start getting your baby registry in order. You might know if you’re expecting a boy or girl by now, and people are going to want to know what to get you. Do yourself a favor and pick a wide variety of items in different price ranges. Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray are perfect additions to round out a registry with items you’ll really use.
Have sweet dreams: As baby gets bigger, you get bigger. It’s something that you know in theory, but may not appreciate until you’re trying to sleep. When baby gets to be about as big as an eggplant (28 weeks), you’ll realize it’s getting harder to feel comfortable. Think of it as nature’s way of getting your body ready for late-night wake-up calls. Try using a body pillow to help support your sound sleep.
Reject reflux: By the time baby gets as big as a pineapple or a pumpkin (34-37 weeks), you may be feeling the burn of acid reflux. Old wives’ tales say that means your baby will be born with lots of hair (and it turns out there’s some truth to that), but that’s little comfort when the rest of you is so uncomfortable. Try propping yourself up with some pillows at night, so you lay at a slight angle. You might also try an antacid (after checking with your doctor), or eating smaller portions.
Pack your baby gear: When baby hits watermelon stage (at 38-40 weeks), you should be ready to meet her at any time. Be sure your hospital bag is packed with comfy clothes and toiletries for you. Take baby essentials like the outfit you want her to wear home, as well as a swaddling blanket and burp cloth. And of course, be sure your diaper changing stations at home are stocked and ready when you get back with diapers, wipes and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment or Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray.