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Week 32

There's not a whole lot of room inside anymore, so by this point your baby will usually be curled up with arms and legs crossed.


At this stage, babies are often already head down, ready for the birth (although some babies wait until the last minute to get into position, so don't worry if your midwife says your baby hasn't turned yet).


The skull bones aren’t completely fused yet; this will allow baby’s head to remain flexible and ready for the big squeeze out into the world.

    Do you find yourself getting breathless and fatigued?

    This is quite normal, especially when you exert yourself. Carrying round a big bump is not only tiring, it can change your posture and make your back ache more. Try to sit and stand properly - tuck your bottom in and keep your back straight. Wear that bump with pride!

     

    You may find that your fingers, ankles and feet are swollen, especially at the end of the day or if the weather is hot. It helps if you can put your feet up and make sure you're drinking plenty of water. If the swelling suddenly gets worse, or if you start to have headaches, talk to your doctor or midwife straight away - they’ll want to check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not suffering from pre-eclampsia.

    Bump alert!

    Your burgeoning belly might be attracting a lot of attention by now – for some reason, many people find a bump nearly irresistible. Don't hesitate to ask others to keep their hands (and opinions!) to themselves; this is your body and your pregnancy, and you still have a right to privacy.

     

    On the other hand, if you're bubbling over with excitement and want to share it with the world, you'll likely have no shortage of people to chat to!

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