Pregnancy information

Your baby at 29 weeks

Your baby continues to be very active at this stage, and you'll probably be aware of lots of movements. There's no set number of your baby's movements you should feel each day – every pregnancy is different.

You should be aware of your baby's own pattern of movements. If this pattern changes, contact your midwife or hospital to tell them.

You at 29 weeks

As your bump pushes up against your lungs and you have extra weight to carry around, you may feel breathless.

Swollen ankles are common in pregnancy.

Find out what you can do to avoid and ease swollen ankles, feet and fingers in pregnancy.

Your baby at 30 weeks

The sucking reflex is developing by now and your baby can suck its thumb or fingers.

The baby is growing plumper, and the skin begins to look less wrinkled and much smoother.

The white, greasy vernix and the soft, furry, fine hair (lanugo) that have covered your baby's skin for some time begin to disappear.

You at 30 weeks

Leg cramps at night are common at around 29 to 32 weeks.

You may find it hard to sleep because you cannot get comfortable. Try lying curled up on your side with a pillow between your legs and a cushion under your bump.

You might also find you need to pee a lot – find out about common health problems in pregnancy.

Itching is common in pregnancy and often gets better with self care, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC).

Find out about itching and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

Your baby at 31 weeks

Your baby's lungs are developing rapidly, but your baby would not be fully able to breathe on their own until about 36 weeks.

You at 31 weeks

Your midwife and doctors will offer to check your blood pressure at every appointment. This is because high blood pressure can be harmful for you and your baby, and can be an early sign of pre-eclampsia. Other signs of pre-eclampsia include a bad headache, vision problems and pain below your ribs.

Knowing what to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding can help to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Your baby at 32 weeks

By about 32 weeks, the baby is usually lying with their head pointing downwards, ready for birth. This is known as cephalic presentation.

If your baby is not lying head down at this stage, it's not a cause for concern – there's still time for them to turn.

The amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus is increasing, and your baby is still swallowing fluid and passing it out as urine.

You at 32 weeks

Being active and fit during pregnancy will help you adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It can also help you cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth.

Find out about exercise in pregnancy.

You may develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. This is not harmful to your baby, but it can cause severe pain and make it difficult for you to get around.

Read about the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby. It's never too early to start thinking about how you're going to feed your baby, and you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born.

You can find more information on pregnancy in the 'Your Pregnancy and Birth book'.

Last Updated: 21/07/2023 10:56:39
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website