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33 weeks pregnant

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Dress

If your home doesn't already have (working!) smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, make that your top priority this weekend. Properly-functioning smoke detectors in the home provide an inexpensive and simple way to save lives, particularly as most severe burns and deaths occur in residental fires. Read more here, and don't take chances with your well-being!


Do's and don'ts

Have you noticed people around you acting a little... strangely?

Pregnancy & Baby diary writer Minsun said in her week 32 entry:

Go to your local bookstore and you'll find 'The Complete Idiot's Guides' on every topic from Scrapbooking to Speaking Yiddish and Saltwater Aquariums. Yet there's no 'Complete Cretin's Guide On How Not To Make a Total Ass Out of Yourself Around Pregnant People.'

Recognizing this information void, I've decided to take it upon myself to compile a short, informal list of pregnancy do's and don'ts for the complete cretin in your life. 

Read what she suggests here!


Nursery school

Nursery preparation can seem daunting: where do you begin? Professional organizer Debbie Williams says you have to start with a plan, and outlines some smart steps for you here. When it comes time to plan for your baby's nursery, don't just hit the shops until you have a plan. A smart plan emphasizes safety and convenience, facilitates organization, and can save you both time and money.

Put first things -- like safety -- first. As you purchase furnishings for your nursery, remember that little hands like to explore. Cracks, crevices, holes, and slots are there for prodding -- virtually nothing is off-limits in the mind of a child. Think safety first when making your Wish List for furniture, bedding, and accessories.

Read more here on how to create a nursery that grows with your child.


In the know

There are several questions (and possibly misconceptions) about homebirth that you may have. For example, "Who will check the baby out after birth?"

Baby and mom

The answer? Your midwife is trained to examine the baby at birth. She does the same newborn exam that a doctor does in the hospital. She'll record her findings and include them in the chart she turns over to you at your postpartum appointment. Most midwives advise that you schedule an appointment with your baby's pediatrician for three to five days after the birth. But do ask the pediatrician ahead of time -- she may want to see your baby sooner, especially if this is your first child. If you are very lucky and have great insurance, your pediatrician may make a house call -- but don't count on it.

Click here to learn more about homebirth.

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