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You and your baby at 29-32 weeks pregnant

Your baby

Your baby continues to be very active at this stage, and you'll probably be aware of lots of movements. There is no set number of movements you should feel each day – every pregnancy is different. You should be aware of your baby's own pattern of movements, and if this pattern changes contact your midwife or hospital to tell them.

The sucking reflex is developing by now and your baby can suck its thumb or fingers.

The baby is growing plumper and the skin begins to look less wrinkled and much smoother.

The white, greasy vernix and the soft, furry lanugo (fine hair) which have covered your baby's skin for some time begin to disappear.

Your baby's eyes can focus now. The lungs are developing rapidly, but your baby wouldn't be fully able to breathe on its own until about 36 weeks.

By about 32 weeks the baby is usually lying with their head pointing downwards ready for birth. This is known as cephalic presentation. If your baby isn't lying head down at this stage, it's not a cause for concern – there is still time for them to turn.

The amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus is increasing, and your baby is still swallowing fluid and passing it out as urine.

Your body at 29-32 weeks of pregnancy

As your bump pushes up against your lungs and you have extra weight to carry around, you may feel breathless.

Leg cramp at night is common around 29 to 32 weeks of pregnancy. You may find it hard to sleep because you can't get comfortable. Try lying curled up on your side with a pillow between your legs and a cushion under your bump to see if it feels more comfortable. You might find you need to urinate a lot as well. You can find out about more common pregnancy health problems.

If this is your first baby, your midwife or GP will measure the size of your womb and check which way up the baby is when you are 31 weeks pregnant. They will also measure your blood pressure, test your urine for protein and discuss the results of any screening tests from your last appointment.

Find out about the stages of labour, and what happens.

Tips for pregnancy 29-32 weeks

Maternity Leave

If you are taking maternity leave from work, you need to tell your employer in writing at least 15 weeks before your baby is due. This is when you are 25 weeks pregnant. If your partner plans to take paternity leave (female partners can take paternity leave too) they also need to inform their employer at this time.

Maternity Allowance

If you're entitled to Maternity Allowance, you can claim from when you are 26 weeks pregnant. GovUK has information about benefits when you're expecting or bringing up children.

Starting your birth plan

Think about your preferances for labour and birth, for example pain relief, and the positions you would like to be in. You can print out a blank version to fill in and discuss with your midwife.

Warning signs during pregnancy

High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia

High blood pressure in pregnancy can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, which can be life-threatening if untreated.

Severe itching

Severe itching can be a sign of the rare liver disorder obstetric cholestasis.

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Last Updated: 08/11/2017 09:56:31