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36 weeks and 6 days pregnant

36 weeks and 6 days pregnant

Your baby will be able to recall and recognize the frequency and pattern of the most familiar sounds he hears within the womb – your voice. Also, you might have noticed that loud noises may startle your baby during these final weeks.

If you’re lacking in energy, try carb loading. This is also an effective measure in the days leading up to labour.

The idea behind carb loading comes from endurance athletes, who get 70 per cent of their calorie intake from carbohydrates for three days prior to a big event. This enhances muscle uptake of fuel so that muscles are fully loaded with glycogen, the form in which carbs are stored in the body. If you’re feeling tired, and especially prior to being active, ensure you take on plenty of carbohydrates.

In the days before your due date, base meals on carbohydrates, so that this food group provides up to 70 per cent of your total calories. Include cereal or bread for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and include pasta, rice, or potatoes at dinner.

A jacket potato is a great mini-meal, providing you with carbohydrates. Try different carbohydrate foods in the run-up to labour to see which suit you best.

Maternity leave offers a great opportunity to prepare yourself for the birth of your baby.

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