Your pregnancy symptoms
You will have an antenatal appointment this week to measure the size of your uterus, measure your blood pressure and test your urine.
Your baby's position
They will also check the position of your baby. If they are not sure of your baby's position by 36 weeks, you’ll be offered an ultrasound scan.
If your baby has its bottom or feet facing downwards in the womb this is called the breech position. If your baby is breech, your healthcare professional will discuss the following options with you:
- trying to turn your baby in the uterus into the head-first position by external cephalic version (ECV)
- planned caesarean section
- planned vaginal breech birth.
Find out more about what happens if your baby is breech.
If you are at risk of giving birth early, it’s important to take care of yourself. There are also some things you can do to try and reduce the risk of giving birth early.
Tell your midwife or doctor if you have any symptoms that you are worried about. Do not worry if you've talked about it before and don't be concerned about whether you're wasting anyone's time. This is your pregnancy and it's important to trust your own instincts if you feel something isn't right.
You can also call the Tommy’s midwives on 0800 014 7800 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or email us at [email protected].
Symptoms of early labour
Call your midwife or hospital maternity unit straight away if you think you are in early labour. It may be a false alarm, but it’s best to get checked out. Find out more about the symptoms of early labour.
Your mental health
If you have been told that you are at increased risk of giving birth early, it’s important to try and reduce stress and take care of your emotional health. Find out more about coping with the idea of a premature birth.