What does my baby look like?
When the head moves down into the pelvis, your midwife will describe it as ‘engaged’ - you might even notice your bump drops slightly.
See what happens when your baby moves down the birth canal and out into the world with BabyCentre's animated inside pregnancy video: labour and birth.
Your symptoms - what to expect
One of pregnancy’s least fun side-effects. These small lumps inside or outside your anus can be uncomfortable and particularly sore when you do a poo.
Use a cool cloth to ease the discomfort - and don’t hesitate to chat to your midwife about ways to manage them.
Your womb pressing on your stomach can leave you bloated, burpy, sick or with a nasty heart burning sensation.
Other common pregnancy symptoms include headache, constipation and swollen feet.
Read more about 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).
In a cleaning frenzy?
Noticed a sudden burst of energy and the need to ‘nest’? You’re not alone - lots of mums get this.
Getting your home ready for its new addition is great, but try to avoid the temptation to do lots of heavy-duty cleaning. This is a time to rest!
If you find that you are over-cleaning or find yourself needing to do some things over and over again, speak to your midwife about this.
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.
If you are expecting twins or more, you’ll probably be having your babies very soon - twins are born earlier than single babies.
The pregnancy length for multiples is:
- Twins: 37 weeks
- Triplets: 34 weeks
- Quadruplets: 32 weeks.
If your babies are not born by then, most twin pregnancies are induced by 38 weeks because the health risks increase after that.
“Book a treat for yourself, like a massage, for after your baby’s arrival. Knowing that two months after my due date I’d be able to have some ‘me’ time again was a goal to work towards.”Zoe, mum of one
Practical plans for the birth
Still haven’t packed your hospital bag? Get to it! Your baby could arrive any day now.
If you have other children, make arrangements for someone to look after them when you go into labour.
This is also a good time to consider your support after the birth too. Who could you ask to help out every now and then?
Think about how you’ll get to the hospital or unit where you plan to give birth. If your birth partner will be driving you, it’s important to make sure there’s enough petrol in the car and that they are sure of the route and where to park.
Remember any change for the parking charges too!
Read about getting help and support for your emotional wellbeing.
1. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p. 208
3. You and your baby at 37–40 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices:http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-37-38-39-40.aspx [accessed 12 June 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).Hide details
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.