It’s incredible to see how your body has changed — after all, you’re a Life Giver! Now is a time of accelerated growth for your baby, so focusing on your holistic wellness and the well-being of your growing baby will be key. Visits during this phase will ideally be in person and will likely be with your maternity care provider. However, in some situations, you may have additional team members too <strong>[NOTE: Link to expanded text/blog info about Choosing a Provider]</strong>. Topics covered may vary depending on the provider, but generally, here’s what you should expect from these checkups, in addition to the regular monitoring:
We know staying on top of all those visits can feel like a lot (especially when you’re so close to the finish line!), so we’ve put together a schedule with a few highlights so you know what to expect in the weeks ahead. While thinking ahead can be useful, you may also choose to pause, reflect and connect with any loved ones that might also be in count-down mode. By what names do elders, aunties, siblings or your besties wish to be referred to with your little one (and vice versa)? Perhaps now is also a time when you’ll consider/confirm who you’d like to invite to attend your birth.
Late pregnancy is another time you might consider exploring prenatal classes. These sessions offer another avenue for you to feel better prepared and confident for labour, delivery and the early days of parenthood. You can learn useful breathing techniques, position changes in labour, and review various options that may be available to manage pain. Many types of prenatal classes are available, including online options, so see what might work best for you! Since some classes can be costly, speak with your maternity care provider or prenatal class instructor, as many classes offer spaces at reduced rates when needed. Check out our list of options in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
PregnancyVancouver.ca has a wealth of patient information to guide you in your journey. As we continue to add content to our website, our goal is to review and recommend more information for you about services and programs in Vancouver. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the list of programs and services available on Pathways BC as well as what is currently listed on BC211.