Remember when you first saw that little blue line on your pregnancy test, seems like only a few days ago doesn't it? Now look at you, all 'bumpalicious' and you're already almost into the final stages of your pregnancy with only a few weeks left to go!
Changes to you and your bodyYou might be feeling quite tired at this stage of your pregnancy and may also be having trouble with sleeping. Many women also find that they're a lot clumsier than usual - this is all perfectly normal and caused by the concentration the extra weight that you are carrying inside your pregnant tummy which affects your centre of gravity! Your ligaments are also more lax thanks to all the hormonal changes taking place so all this means that your balance can a little bit off!
Mood swings could also be returning thanks to all your hormonal changes and uncomfortable symptoms that seem to go hand in hand with a pregnancy. If these blues do not seem to want to go away or you are feeling increasingly agitated or irritable, discuss your feelings with your GP or midwife. You might well be one of the one in ten expectant women battling depression during their pregnancy.
Changes to your babyYour little one is now about 41cm and weighs almost 1.3kg and is as big as a large cabbage. He or she is surrounded by one and a half pints of warm amniotic fluid, however, this amount will lessen as your baby starts to get bigger and takes up more space inside your uterus.
Baby's eyesight will continue to develop in the final weeks of your pregnancy although it will not be very keen for a while. Did you know; after your baby is born, they will keep their eyes closed most of the day? When they do open their eyes, they will respond to any change in light but possess only 20/400 vision. This means that they can only see objects close to their face. A normal adult's vision is actually 20/20.
Your baby will also have regular sleeping and waking cycles by now and you will probably have got used to their patterns of movement throughout the day and night. By this time their little bodies have a fine covering of lanugo hair that starts to fall off at this stage of pregnancy. Some babies are actually born with this hair but will lose it eventually. Your little girl or boy's permanent teeth will have developed by now and are patiently waiting in their gums. Your little baby is quite aware of his or her surroundings and their eyelids open and then closes. Your baby even looks around and turns towards light.
By this time their little bodies have a fine covering of lanugo hair that starts to fall off at this stage of pregnancy. Some babies are actually born with this hair but will lose it eventually.
Tips for a happy pregnancyIf you find it difficult to shift positions during the night you should try and invest in silk sheets or pamper yourself and splurge on some silk pyjamas. You will find that shifting positions and moving around in bed will be a lot easier. Some women will find that sleeping in a semi upright position is more comfortable. You can also use a pillow to support or prop your tummy and legs. Sleeping on the left side of your body is also recommended.
Exercising is a wonderful way for building up stamina and energy. Swimming in a pool or taking a leisurely walk will help to relax the mind. Remember to always practise good posture - if you haven't already, now is a great time to invest in a 'gym' or 'birthing' ball as these are fantastic for supporting your correct pregnancy posture and many women also find them a great help during labour.