What does my baby look like?
Your symptoms - what to expect
Is your bump stopping you from getting comfy in bed?
You’re likely to be tired - it’s very hard to get to sleep when you’re so big and uncomfortable. It doesn’t help that some babies are more active at night and keep you awake.
Use as many pillows as you need around your bump, to find more comfortable sleeping positions. You can also try putting pillows between your legs.
Try gently massaging your tummy and practising your breathing and relaxation techniques.
Take a look at our guide to getting more sleep.
As your breasts are still growing, you may need another bra fitting. It’s also a good idea to talk to the fitter about bras for after your baby is born.
If you’re planning to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to be measured for a feeding bra and buy a couple in advance.
Be aware, though, that your breasts will feel fuller when your milk comes in around three to five days after the birth, so don’t buy lots of new bras just yet!
If your baby is head down and kicking her legs, you may have sore ribs.
If this is because of your baby’s position, the rib pain will ease as she moves down into your pelvis ready for birth. Your midwife will be able to tell you whether it’s due to the position your baby is in.
If the pain is severe and under your ribs, or you feel any heavy pressure on your chest, this could be a sign of pre-eclampsia and you should call your midwife, doctor or labour ward immediately.
Lots of women have dreams about their pregnancy, labour and the baby at this stage of pregnancy. Sometimes they can be nightmares and you might find this very scary.
These dreams don’t mean there’s anything wrong – it’s just your mind’s way of dealing with the very natural anxiety and worries you might not express when you’re awake. If you have any worries about labour, birth or your baby, talk to your midwife.
Actions to take
Go to sleep on your side if you're not already doing so
When you reach your third trimester, the advice is to go to sleep on your side because research has shown that going to sleep on your back is linked to an increased risk of stillbirth. This advice includes daytime napping and night sleeping. Read more about safe sleep positions in pregnancy.
What’s a TENS machine?
This is a small machine that is attached to your back with sticky pads. It sends out tiny electrical impulses to block pain signals sent from your body to your brain.
You can hire or buy a TENS machine so you have it ready at the start of labour. Try it out before you go into labour (after you reach 37 weeks) so you can learn how it works. For the best results, start using it early in your labour.
How will my baby be kept safe in labour?
Your midwife will check on how your baby is coping during your labour using different instruments and machines.
Read more about keeping an eye on your baby during labour.
Have you got a car seat?
You’ll need to take your baby home from hospital in a car seat - this is the law. So make sure you get yours sorted soon.
Pack your bags
If you haven’t already done it, it’s time to pack your labour and baby bags so you’re ready to go whenever your baby decides to arrive.
“Get organised earlier rather than later (pack hospital bags, get house in order etc) when you have the energy and in case your little one decides to come early, or you end up on bed rest.”
Hannah, mum of prem twins
If you’ve quit smoking, remember to pack your nicotine patches or anything else you’re using to help you give up.
If you’re planning a trip somewhere, bear in mind that most airlines won’t allow women to travel in late pregnancy. By this stage of your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to stay fairly close to home in case your baby comes early.
Remember to keep your pregnancy notes close at hand at all times.
Find out more about pain relief in labour and birth.
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ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.