You’ve only gone and done it mum, you have a ‘full term’ baby so if you were to go into labour now then baby wouldn’t be early and is big and developed enough to survive in the outside world – amazing!!! Baby Baby is now fully formed and ready to go, although they may not make an appearance just yet, unless you are expecting twins, in which case you may give birth this week.
Baby should now be head down and facing your back which is the best position for labour – if they are breeched, bottom-down, then there is still time for them to change position which you will likely feel when it happens. Apparently if you sit down and lean forwards with your hips above your knees then this may help encourage baby to turn – worth a try anyway. Mum You may be experiencing more vaginal discharge around now, if you have a ‘show’ which is a slimy blob of mucus which is yellow or bloody then this is a sign of labour.
You may also be having more Braxton Hicks – keep an eye on these as if they get stronger and more regular then this too could be a sign of labour.
Take a look at our labour and birth article to help you prepare for the big day. It can be hard not wishing time away over the next few weeks, but really try to relax and enjoy this time.
Plan in a number of nice treats, meeting friends for a walk or lunch, enjoy a book or two or a nice bath with some aromatherapy oils and allow yourself some time to relax and enjoy this time as much as possible.
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.