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Mum, it’s me!

I’m a little bit larger than a coconut inside your belly, mum! Although I’m nowhere near as hairy as one. Actually, my hair (lanugo) is starting to disappear now. It’s that icky white stuff (vernix) that’s getting thicker on my skin. I can’t wait for it to start dissolving soon, but you might still see a bit of it left on me when I’m born. Can you believe how big I’m getting, mum? I’m about 42cm long and 1.8kgs – how do I even fit in here?! It’s definitely getting pretty snug, but I’m practicing my breathing more and more so I’m ready to roll on the outside. My organs and systems are ready to go too, except for my lungs and my ability to do poos and wees – they still need a few weeks yet. We’re getting very close now mum!

How are you?

Your baby is now very active and filling most of the space in your womb. You’ve probably noticed the extra rolls and squirms! As a guide, you should be aware of 10 movements (or groups of movements) within a 2-hour period. Baby movements might not be as obvious while you’re moving around yourself, so sit or lie down and rest, and wait for that reassuring kick to come. These are a sign that your baby is healthy, so any obvious reduction in them should be reported to your doctor or midwife straight away.

Muscle cramps in the feet, legs or thighs are also common around now, especially at night. Try rubbing the area firmly, or walking around for a while. If it’s a foot cramp, bend your foot upwards with your hand (not with toes pointed). A supplement with magnesium might also help, but talk to your doctor about it first.

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