Breathing will begin to feel easier as baby moves down into the head down position – ready for presentation. You often hear about breech position, where the baby is delivered by their feet or buttocks first, but don’t worry unduly about this. It only happens in a small percentage of cases. If your baby was in this position, you are likely to be one of those cases for a Caesarean delivery.
Baby weighs about 5lb 2oz (2.3kg) and measures 45cm or 17.8 inches. By this time though the weight is hard to predict because babies can be born with a massive variation in size and weight. Ask your practitioner to palpate (feel through your abdomen) to guesstimate the weight.
To try and encourage your baby to turn around so that she can be delivered head first, try this simple exercise: Lie on your back with firm, supportive pillows under your bottom so that your pelvis is propped up about 9-12in from the floor. Stay like this for about 20 minutes and repeat 2-3 times a day.
You will probably start to see your practitioner every week until you give birth. You may have a vaginal exam to screen for Group B Strep (GBS).
When your labour starts, you may instinctively choose a position that suits you best. Some women prefer to stand; others sit back-to-front on a chair leaning forward, with legs apart. Your doctor or midwife may also suggest some positions that are designed to help slow down or speed up labour. Your partner can help by massaging your lower back to relieve back pain.