Your baby’s development
Now you’re nearly full-term, your baby is fully developed and is using these last couple of weeks to lay down fat stores. At about 49 or 50cm long, they weigh close to 3kg. In the next few weeks your baby will be gaining almost 30 grams every day in preparation for the birth. Your baby can hear your voice, so it’s great to talk and even sing to them
Did you know?
A common sign that your pregnancy is nearing its end is a ‘show’ - this is when the mucus plug that seals the womb comes away from your cervix (you may notice it when you go to the toilet). This doensn’t necessarily mean that labour is about to start - the plug can release anywhere from a few weeks before, to the time when you actually go into labour - but it’s definitely a sign that the big day is not far away!
You & your body
You might be finding it increasingly difficult to get proper sleep during late pregnancy, especially at night, so getting the maximum amount of rest during the day, with your feet up, can compensate a little.
You may be feeling worried or scared in other ways as you feel increasingly apprehensive about labour. Go over your birth plan with your birth partner to make sure it’s clear in both of your heads.
This can sometimes be a bit of a confusing time for any other young children in your family, so it’s good to involve them in the excitement to help manage any natural feelings of jealousy or being left out.