Week 36

Your baby is still rapidly gaining weight - around 1 ounce per day! As you've likely noticed, there’s not much room inside now! This means your baby's movements may be different than before, but they should still be moving as much as usual. If you notice a big change in your baby's movements, it's worth telling your midwife about it.
Your baby's lungs are fully formed now, all ready to take that first big breath.

Your body

Whether you’re looking forward to the birth or nervous about it, it won’t be long before you are able to hold your baby at last.

In the meantime, you're probably getting a little tired of lugging all this weight around! You might be experiencing heartburn or constipation, leaking colostrum from your breasts, rushing (well, plodding) to the loo at all hours of the day and night, or even leaking a bit from your bladder, thanks to the baby’s head moving down in your pelvis.

Just keep in mind, all this will be worth it in the end!

Being prepared

It’s probably a good idea to carry your maternity records and your birth plan around with you - you never know when you might need them. If you haven’t prepared a birth plan yet, you can click here for our handy template.

On maternity leave?

If you have begun your maternity leave, you might be feeling a little lonely. Local mother-to-be groups can be a great way to meet new people in your local area and potentially make life-long friends – visit www.nct.org.uk for more information. Alternatively, the HiPP Facebook page is an excellent way to meet mums and mums-to-be from all over the country!