What to expect

What’s happening to my baby?

Your baby is now probably close to 48cm from head to toe – about the length of a keyboard – although they can only stay curled up in a ball. If your baby is male, his testicles have probably now descended.

Most of the work now of development is done, and only the lungs will continue to be refined. Your baby is filling out now too, and when born they will have smooth folds of chubby skin.

What’s happening to me?

As the pressure is increasing on your bladder and bowels, you might find that you pee a little when you laugh or sneeze. Pelvic floor and Kegel exercises can help control this, but if all else fails, good old-fashioned pads will help any mess you might experience.

Your uterus and your baby will continue to move towards your pelvis, and it’s more likely that your baby will be head down now. If it hasn’t turned yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have a breech birth (feet down) as babies often only rotate in the last week or so.

In any case, your midwife or specialist will continue to monitor you closely with regular check-ups, paying special attention to the size of your womb and the position of your baby.