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This. Is. It.
Your baby is about to undergo a massive change of surroundings - from the inside, to the outside. In this bright, loud world, your heartbeat and voice will be soothing and familiar - so hold your new baby close, while he or she adjusts to a tidal wave of new sensations.
As soon as he is born and takes that first breath, an enormous physical change occurs: the blood in his lungs will be oxygenated, and he will breathe - for the very first time! - at a rate of 50 breaths per minute.
Your baby will typically weigh around 3.5kg - but babies come in many shapes and sizes. He will look like a real individual now, and you'll be able to pick yours out in a room jam-packed with babies (just in case you’d been worried about the possibility of having to choose yours from a line-up).
First-time mums-to-be will have an antenatal appointment at 40 weeks and anyone who gets to 41 weeks is asked to come in again and have a chat to the midwives about options for induction. You might be offered a ‘sweep’, too, to get things started.
Finally, don't worry if you don't feel overwhelmed with love for your baby as soon as you see them; sometimes the whoosh of love can take a while. It doesn't mean you won't be a great mum - you'll be the best you can be, and that will be more than good enough, we promise.
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