You are now
You are now
From this time onward, it's more likely that your baby will settle in a particular position. Most babies are cephalic (head down) about now, but if yours isn't, don't worry, there's still time. Ask your midwife about exercises to encourage your baby to turn. You make have noticed your baby's awake and sleeping periods are more regular now. Babies spend most of their time asleep, alternating between high brain activity periods of REM sleep and longer periods of calmer non-REM sleep. Sweet dreams.
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
Yoga is a wonderful way to build flexibility and stamina for the birth... and it's not too late to start, just take it easy if you've never done it before. Finding it hard to cope with large meals? Try eating little and often. And don't forget to top up your iron levels - iron-enriched breakfast cereals, wholemeal bread, dark green vegetables and dried apricots are all great sources of iron.
Skin feeling itchy? Try soothing it with some pregnancy-safe oils and creams. If your itching is severe and relentless tell your doctor or midwife - in very rare cases - it can be a symptom of a liver disease called obstetric cholestasis.
Pregnancy tips: if you're planning on having a home birth, store everything you need in the area you plan to deliver. And keep your items separate from your baby's. So what do you need? Besides the obvious things such as clothing, toiletries, sanitary pads, nappies, cotton wool and blankets, you may want to have some music playing and a camera to capture the moment. Make sure your cupboards are stocked up too, labour can take time and you'll need to keep your energy levels up.
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