What does my baby look like?
The white, greasy substance on your baby’s skin, called ‘vernix’, and their fine fur, or ‘lanugo’, starts to disappear from now.
Your symptoms - what to expect
Are you feeling constipated? Suffering from headaches, indigestion or heartburn?
Are you having strange dreams about giving birth?
You may be feeling anxious about labour - lots of women start to have vivid dreams about giving birth.
“I did NCT antenatal classes and that was amazing. We all had the same anxieties and it was good to chat with people going through the same thing.”
Nadia, mum of two
If you are very scared about the birth, talk to your midwife.
Is your body getting ready for labour?
Towards the end of your pregnancy, but before you go into labour, you may see signs that your baby will be arriving soon.
Actions to take
Preparing for your newborn
Make a list of what you need for your newborn baby. This will include clothes, somewhere for your baby to sleep, a pram and/or car seat, and other essentials.
There’s no need to buy it all at once. Most things apart from the basics can wait until you and your baby are home.
What’s the best position for me to lie in?
Research shows that lying on your left side is particularly good for your baby, improving circulation to the placenta so he or she gets more nutrients.
From the third trimester, it can also encourage your baby into a good position for the birth.
If you’re not sleeping very well, these tips could help.
What is a caesarean section?
A caesarean section is an operation where an obstetrician makes a cut in your stomach and womb and lifts your baby out through it.
It can be planned (also known as elective) due to health complications or the position of the baby.
It can also be decided during labour – known as an emergency caesarean (although this doesn’t necessarily mean your baby is in danger, it just means the caesarean hasn’t been planned).
1. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-29-30-31-32.aspx [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).
2. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-29-30-31-32.aspx [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).
3. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p. 208Hide details
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Aug 2016 - 10:43
3d scans can enhance things a lot more than the normal obstetric scans so please do not worry unnecessarily. 3d scans are very detailed so anything unusual should have been identified, but ask your daughter to chat to her midwife if she is concerned
By Anonymous (not verified) on 19 Jul 2016 - 16:40
My daughter had a 3D scan at 28 weeks approx. The babies hand looks .... Odd, like it had nodules, ie rheumatism and one finger seemed long, do scans distort the babies features. Maybe I'm just neurotic, I hope so, the lesser of two evils!!
By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Jun 2016 - 02:38
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