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Mum, it’s me!

Up or down, up or down? I might be a good little baby and turn upside-down for you this week mum! That way my head will be pointing down, ready for birth. It’s about time we got this show on the road, right? I’ll try my best not to move. Oh it’s just so cramped in here ... I might turn back around. Oops. Sorry mum, I can’t decide! Our doctor or midwife will keep a close eye on my whereabouts though, just in case I move into the breech position. This week is a pretty massive one – well actually, I am – all 2kgs and 51cm of me (or thereabouts)! My skin’s getting thicker by the day and it’s much less red and wrinkled too. Did you know that when I’m born, only about two thirds of my immune system will be developed? That’s why you’ll have to take extra good care of me. And here’s one for dad: if I’m a boy, my tiny testicles will have dropped into my scrotum. Proud, proud moment!

How are you?

Baby is growing fast in the third trimester, so it’s important that you’re eating healthy to help keep your essential nutrients at the right levels - including iron, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium and phosphorus.

As a very pregnant mum-to-be, your stomach is likely to be smaller (thanks to somebody taking up all the room!). If you’re struggling to eat full meals, healthy snacks throughout the day will help to keep you going.

Writing a birth plan is great idea around week 33 too – it’ll help you prepare for what’s about to happen and give you an idea of what to expect. Whether or not your birth plan will go to plan, however, is another story! It’s nice to have, but go in with an open mind: no one can control what’s going to happen during labour, after all. Have you written yours yet?

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