Your baby is probably in a head-down position as the end of your pregnancy approaches, but this can change at any time before birth. It’s also time to inform yourself about what’s going to happen during labour.
Plus, everything you need to know about the third trimester.
He's about 37cm now and, remarkably, developing a memory. His brain and nervous system are fully developed, but his sucking reflex is still weak. He’ll move if you prod him.
Not long before the birth: what’s going on inside your bump?
Your metabolic rate has risen by 20% so you'll feel hot and sweaty when everyone else is cold. Your tummy will be putting you off balance. Stretchmarks may also appear, especially on your breasts, bump and thighs.
You may find the heartburn getting worse as baby takes up a lot of room in your abdomen. Wear loose layers, so you can remove them easily during a hot flush.
If this is isn’t your first baby, you might be worried about how you’ll cope with two or more. Have a look at some advice for coping with more than one child.
If you’re planning to breastfeed your baby, inform yourself about how to do it and find out where to get support.