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Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

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Giving birth

These last three months of pregnancy prepare you for the upcoming birth. You may feel uncomfortable because your baby and your uterus are so large.

Your baby is stretching and moving, trying to find room in an increasingly cramped uterus. You are both getting ready for this to be over.

To do list

Notify your health care provider or hospital birth center as instructed.

Notify your support system when you think labor has started.

Notify child care for older children.

Relax and distract yourself if in early labor.

Rest if you're tired.

Bring your labor bag and suitcase to the hospital.

Forms and worksheets

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Video series

View our NEW Giving birth: Managing pain video series

Cesarean birth (five video topics)

Vaginal birth (five video topics)

Coming soon

Guided imagery for pregnancy and birth

Audio programs to assist with relaxation, pain control, healing and breastfeeding are coming soon.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, ISBN 1-931876-14-2

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 01/16/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts