In these last weeks, some time before birth, the baby’s head may move down into your pelvis and is said to be ‘engaged’. Sometimes the baby’s head doesn’t engage until labour has started. The amniotic fluid now turns into waste, called meconium, in the baby’s intestines, and the soft hair (lanugo) that covered your baby’s body is now almost all gone.
Dads or partners can feel a bit overwhelmed and not in control during the labour, but they have an important role to play. Just being present can help mum to feel calmer and more relaxed. Be as supportive as possible but use your intuition to judge whether mum needs words of encouragement or just some handholding. If you attended antenatal classes, help mum to remember her breathing techniques.
Because baby is pushing down on your cervix and bladder, mums might need to go to the loo more frequently. It's still important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water though.