Your baby is putting on an average of .5 pounds a week at this point. The length is reaching 18 inches from head to toe. All organ systems have been present for a long time, now they are just putting on the final touches before birth.
As your uterus becomes more stretched, it gets thinner and allows a certain amount of light and sound in. This can affect your baby’s sleeping and resting patterns, meaning that you’re probably getting used to which times of day baby is more active.
In these last weeks, mums may start noticing some signs of pre-labour, including Braxton-Hicks contractions, but also a surge of energy. You may be tempted to use this energy getting things ready for the arrival, but don’t burn it – that energy is for the labour.
Your perineum is the area between the anus and the vagina. During childbirth, the perineum is stretched a lot so it can be helpful to prepare the area by gently massaging it with oil. This can help increase the elasticity and make the skin tissue more flexible, and may help to prevent a tear that requires stitches.
Sleep is difficult not only due to discomfort, but also due to the need to urinate all the time. Try doing pelvic tilts before bed, limiting fluids after a certain time, and being tired when you go to bed.