Baby's eyes will soon reopen after being closed for the last few weeks
Your baby now looks very like how they will look at birth and they are gaining weight, storing fat and their body is getting bigger.
You have a little dreamer! Baby has their own sleeping pattern and will experience vivid dreams.
You are now in the third trimester of your pregnancy - congratulations, not long to go now! You might be starting to feel a little less sure on your feet as your centre of gravity has moved further forwards – take extra care on the stairs or in the bath or shower.
Space is getting tight! As your baby has less room you might start to feel stronger movements.
Sharing these movements with your partner, family or close friends can be a very special and exciting time and is a great way of getting them involved in your pregnancy.
Baby's eyes are almost always blue at this stage but they can change colour in the first 6 months
Over the next few weeks baby will begin to get into their birthing position. Right now it’s natural that you should be gaining weight. At this stage, your uterus is 500 times its original size!
Hands are fully formed and grasping is their new favourite hobby
As you near the end of pregnancy your bump is probably getting bigger and bigger. This can make things a little more challenging but getting some gentle exercise such as swimming is still a good idea.
Half of your weight gain going forward will go directly to baby
Getting the right nutrition during pregnancy can positively influence your baby's future health so continue to include a healthy balanced diet with a variety of nutrients right up until baby arrives - and beyond!
Your baby is spending 80% of their time asleep and dreaming. Under their skin, the fat layer is getting thicker and they can now regulate their own body temperature. They will triple in weight in your final trimester with half of your weight gain going directly to baby. As you are nearing your due date there is lots to start thinking about. You will need to consider where baby will sleep, what you need to buy and also start discussing possible names! A birth plan - which is a detailed plan of what you would ideally like to happen during labour - is also something that you may want to discuss with your doctor or midwife soon. Download our birth plan template at the link below.
As your baby undergoes their final development before birth it is important not to skip meals so that you supply them with a steady stream of nutrients for their healthy growth and also keep your own body fit and healthy before labour. Some mums-to-be suffer from water retention at this stage, leading to swollen feet and ankles. But don’t let this put you off drinking water, as keeping hydrated can actually relieve symptoms, and both you and your baby need plenty of fluids. Aim for up to 8 glasses of water a day. However, if your hands or face start swelling up, call your doctor as it could be a symptom of a health problem.
Baby is drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid each day
They are also urinating roughly the same amount! They can move around a lot now and may suck their thumb or grab at their feet.
Most of baby's bones will now harden, except for their skull. This is to help ease exit through the birth canal
Your own body will also react to help ease the birth. A hormone called relaxin will help you joints and ligaments to soften slightly which will make it easier for baby to move out of the pelvis.
Your little one is getting bigger, gaining about half a pound per week
Once your little one arrives, breastfeeding is the best way of nourishing them. Your breastmilk will be uniquely tailored for your baby and will change composition a number of times once your baby arrives.
Breathe easy! Your baby will soon drop lower into your pelvis, relieving some of the pressure from under your ribs
You may find as they get bigger that you have a little trouble breathing. This is because your internal organs have moved up in response to your growing uterus which can put some pressure on your lungs. As baby drops in the next couple of weeks this should ease up.
Baby would now be considered full term if they were born this week
You are getting closer and closer to meeting the little person who has been growing and developing inside you each day. Try to be patient - you're almost at the beginning of the next adventure!
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