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Size of Baby

48.6cm

Development of Baby

Your baby is now fully formed and ready for life outside the womb. Their skull is fully formed but is not fused. This allows for the bones to overlap as they pass through the birth canal. Most babies present in cephalic position, meaning they will be head down. Breech births, where baby presents with bottom or legs first, occurs in between 3-4% of pregnancies, and requires a team who have specialist knowledge of this variation of normal.

Maternal Symptoms

Your Braxton-hicks may have increased, and you may be experiencing them fairly regularly. You may be experiencing other symptoms such as heart burn at this point. It is also likely that you are not sleeping through the night. Consider keeping a lamp, a book and a glass of water next your bed so, if you are awake, you have another option rather than turning on a screen.

Things to Consider

Your baby is now considered “full term”. The jobs that were almost completed a few weeks ago should now be done and you should have everything ready for your baby’s imminent arrival. Around this time friends and family can start to get excited and begin to ask you if baby is here yet. Now can be a good time to let them know that you will inform them when baby has arrived to relieve the stress and pressure that can come with this question.

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