Every day I’m waddlin’ 🐧 Yes mum you may be feeling more like a penguin as you notice you are waddling rather than walking to compensate for the big bump you are now carrying – don’t worry normal walking will resume as soon as baby is born. Baby Your baby will continue to move a lot this week and you may notice a change in position as usually by week 32 they will lie with their head pointing downwards, ready for birth!!!
Don’t worry if this hasn’t happened yet as there is still plenty of time for that. Baby will now be feeling a little snug as they both increase in size and you also produce more amniotic fluid to protect your baby from any bumps and to help regulate temperature.
She will also continue to sip this fluid and pass it out as urine, helping to prepare their digestive system. Mum Your bump will continue to grow over the next 4 weeks and you’ll gain about a pound a week.
If you haven’t already, then moving to slip on pumps may make life a little easier as you will find it more difficult reaching your feet over the next few weeks.
You may find your feet and ankles are starting to swell a little, which is often caused by water retention – putting your feet up should help, but if you find your hands or feet swell quickly then do get in touch with your doctor or midwife. Although it may be a little more difficult, it is still important to continue exercising – if it’s too difficult to continue with your usual exercise regime, then why not try walking or swimming. Talking of exercise – how are your pelvic floor exercises going?
Not only will it help during labour but having a strong pelvic floor post birth should speed up your recover as well as help prevent incontinence and may even improve sensitivity during sex – win-win.
This article has been written using the latest guidance and information from trusted sources, primarily the NHS. This information should not replace the advice from professional medical advice.