Towards the end of the third trimester there is no room for wild gymnastics any more - but you should still feel your baby wriggling around. If you notice a big slowdown in movements, give your midwife a call.
Your baby has probably lost all the fine, downy hair and protective white vernix from their skin now.
By now full term has been reached and your baby’s features are now fully formed.
At this late stage of pregnancy you may be starting to feel impatient, and worry that every twinge is a sign of imminent labour.
Your baby is still taking glucose from your bloodstream so you may be weak from hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Keep a variety of healthy snacks so that you can have a nibble now and then.
In the last few weeks leading up to labour you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you have a 38 weeks pregnant discharge with mucus and a little blood, this is the jelly-like plug that seals the cervix, this is called the 'show'.
Some women experience diarrhoea as their body gets ready for the birth. Clearing the back passage will make your baby’s journey easier. If it lasts for more than a day, speak to your GP or doctor.
What to think about
Listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired make sure you get plenty of rest as this will help you stay strong for labour.
Having a stand-by birthing partner is a good idea if your partner, or mum is miles away. See our guide to Choosing a birth partner.
List your emergency contact numbers in a safe place. This will be reassuring later when you might need to pick up the phone for advice.