" Your baby now weighs about 4.2 pounds / 2 kilograms and measures
approximately 17 inches / 44 centimetres from head to toe. Your baby
should already be getting ready for birth by turning upside-down - his
head should be pointing down.
Your doctor will be paying careful attention to your baby's position in the coming weeks - some babies do decide to turn back round again.
Your baby's skull is still quite pliable and not completely joined,
so he can ease out of the relatively narrow birth canal. But the bones
in the rest of his body are hardening. Your baby's skin is also
gradually becoming less red and wrinkled.
If you're a first-time mother, your child's head may move into the
pelvis this week and press firmly against your cervix. (This happens for
about half of all first-time mothers.) If you're a second-time mum, you
can expect this to happen a week before labour - and for some this
won't happen until the start of labour. Hoping to manage your labour naturally? Here's all you need to know about natural pain relief.
You may notice that your feet and ankles are quite swollen by the end of the day. Water retention, also known as oedema,
is often worse in warm weather and late in the day. Surprisingly,
keeping hydrated helps reduce water retention. Your body - particularly
your kidneys - and your baby need plenty of fluids, so drink up. If you
suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, however, call your
doctor - it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia. "