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Size of Baby

50.7cm

Development of Baby

Your baby is continuing to grow as they get ready for labour, birth, and the transition into life outside the womb.

Maternal Symptoms

Your baby’s pattern of movement should continue as it has been throughout your pregnancy. You may notice that the type of movement changes from big kicks to more of a shuffle and a squirm, however the pattern should be the same. If you notice a change in the pattern of your baby’s movements (particularly if it is a decrease in movements) then you should phone your hospital.

Things to Consider

Your next appointment is at 40 weeks. During this appointment, your Midwife will discuss with you what your options will be if your pregnancy goes beyond 41 weeks, including induction of labour. Signs of early labour include period like pains, lower backache, loose bowel movements, the urge to pass stool (as baby puts pressure on your bowel), your mucus plug coming away (although this can come away weeks before, days before, or during established labour), and your waters breaking. Remember if you see fresh blood, notice a change or decrease in movements (as mentioned in Maternal Symptoms), or if your waters break, you will need to phone your hospital.




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