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!
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.
Your baby is now drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid per day and urinating the same amount. The lungs and digestive tract will continue to develop over the next few weeks. Although your baby will be asleep for a lot of the time, when they’re awake their eyes will be open and they’ll be capable of pulling lots of different facial expressions. They can now move around, suck their thumb and grab at their feet. Although your due date is still several weeks away it is a good idea to be prepared just in case! You should try to pack your hospital bag at around this time. Knowing you are ready can help you to relax and avoid any last minute panic. Find out what to pack in your hospital bag in our video with midwife Sinead.
Your baby’s growth and development are all directly affected by the nutrients they receive through the umbilical cord, so it’s easy to see why a healthy balanced diet is so important throughout pregnancy. It is now also widely accepted that nutrition during pregnancy can have a long lasting impact on baby's health - even after they are born. Although pregnancy is not the time to diet; a healthy balanced diet doesn’t mean you should be eating for two. A sensible, varied diet covering all of the main food groups is all you and your baby need.
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!
All of the organs and features are now fully in place, meaning your little one is soon ready for the outside world
There isn't much left to do now but wait. You can use this time to read up on what to expect next - the signs of labour to look out for, preparing to breastfeed, how to change a nappy and all the new milestones to come!
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