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As the name suggests, this date is just an estimate. It is likely you will start labor any time from two weeks before or two weeks after this estimated date. It is unlikely that your baby will be born exactly on the estimated date of delivery. Whichever method you use to determine your expected due date, it is an important and necessary step. The months ahead of you are full of planning and learning so that you are prepared for the arrival of your new baby.


Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is full of essential information. From advice on writing a birth plan to what to expect at antenatal classes, you'll find it all here. Happy reading! You might already feel like you're ready to drop, but hang on in there, because you and your baby have some more growing to do over the next few weeks…. You may be having problems sleeping… and then when you do, you could be getting vivid and disturbing dreams. You might dream about going into labour in the middle of the supermarket, or giving birth to a toothbrush, or leaving your baby on the bus.

Week-by-week guide to pregnancy

These dreams can be very frightening. The important thing to remember is that they aren't real! They're fuelled by your hormones, and the anxiety that you're probably feeling about the big changes ahead. Maybe you're worried about the birth, or that you won't be a good enough mother.

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Talking about your dreams will help you to put everything into perspective. If you are feeling under stress, then discuss it with your midwife or doctor. It's time to get a few baby clothes, if you haven't already. You can often find bargains in supermarkets or take a look online for sales. There are more tips on what to buy on the NHS website. Is itching driving you crazy? Lots of women itch as their pregnant belly expands, and wearing cotton clothing and having a cool bath can help.

However, extreme itching, particularly at night, can be a of a rare liver disorder called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. This tends to strike from week 30 onwards — so if you start scratching, then talk to your midwife or doctor. It's probably more of an effort now to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath — that's because your baby is pushing up against your lungs.

Tommy's the baby charity has produced a pregnancy guide with a further list of symptoms. Get more tips and advice on your pregnancy, baby and parenting sent to your inbox. Subscribe to Start4Life pregnancy, baby and toddler s What does my baby look like?

Your baby, or foetus, is around That's approximately the size of a cabbage and the weight of a big bag of muesli. Your baby's eyes can now focus and their vision will continue to develop inside and outside the womb. After the birth, your baby will be able to focus on your face, when you're around cm away, which is almost exactly the distance that most people automatically position themselves when they're talking to or feeding a baby. Your baby won't be able to follow moving objects with their eyes until they're about three months old.

Are you all clued up about what will happen during labour and the birth? You could start by doing some research on NHS. Remember that every birth is different, so if you've had other children, things could be a little different this time around. The first s can include a crampy feeling like PMT, lower back pain, a 'show' of brown or bloody mucus in your pants, your waters breaking, and regular contractions.

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You have maternity rights and if you're worried about your safety at work, then talk to your employer. You shouldn't be lugging anything around, and you may need extra breaks and somewhere to sit. You can also attend antenatal appointments during paid work time. It's a good time to tone up those muscles 'down under'.

Gentle exercises can help to prevent leakage when you laugh, sneeze, cough or jump around on your future baby's trampoline. Get the muscles going by pretending that you're having a wee and then stop the 'urine' in midflow. Visit Tommys. The charity Tommy's has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth. Even if you've had children before, antenatal classes are still worth going to as you can meet other parents-to-be. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.

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Do your best to stop smokinggive up alcohol and go easy on the cappuccinos. We know that's easy to say, but hard to do. Ask your midwife or GP for support. We can usually get enough vitamin D from sunlight, but as we are at home a lot more at the moment, you may not be getting enough. If you're pregnant, or breastfeeding, you should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement.

It's worth checking if you're entitled to free vitamins. Get moving! It's recommended that pregnant women do minutes of exercise throughout the week.

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You could start off with just 10 minutes of daily exercise - perhaps take a brisk walk outside. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Don't eat for two! Eat for you. Now you're in the third trimester, you may need an extra calories a day, but that's not much.

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It's about the same as two slices of wholemeal toast and margarine. Try and eat healthily with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and avoid processed, fatty and salty foods. You may be able to get free milk, fruit and veg through the Healthy Start scheme. How are you today?

If you're feeling anxious or low, then talk to your midwife or doctor who can point you in the right direction to get all the support that you need. You could also discuss your worries with your partner, friends and family.

You may be worried about your relationship, or money, or having somewhere permanent to live. Don't bottle it up — you're important, so ask for help if you need it!

Getting pregnant again is probably the last thing on your mind! However now is a good time to start planning what type of contraception you would like to use after your baby is born. Making this decision when you're pregnant will give you one less thing to think about when you're looking after a newborn baby. Getting pregnant again could happen sooner than you realise and too short a gap between babies is known to cause problems.

Talk to your GP or midwife to help you decide and get everything in place. Have a staycation on the sofa, and schedule in at least 10 minutes a day where you can just relax with your feet up.

Do something peaceful that you don't normally have the time to do, like reading a magazine, or a chapter of a book. This will give you a mini break and help to reduce any puffiness around your ankles and feet. Don't feel guilty - enjoy your 'me' time! Get personalised s for trusted NHS advice, videos and tips on your pregnancy week by week, birth and parenthood. Back to 3rd trimester. Home Pregnancy Week-by-week 3rd trimester Week Share this Facebook Pinterest Twitter Whatsapp.

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Week-by-week guide to pregnancy. When you're pregnant, you have lots of questions. Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is packed with lots of useful information. From what's happening inside your body, to how your baby is developing, and tips and advice on having a healthy pregnancy — this is your one-stop pregnancy guide! Third trimester Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is full of essential information. Week 30 — your third trimester You're three quarters of the way there now! What's happening in my body?

Your baby's wardrobe It's time to get a few baby clothes, if you haven't already. Don't go overboard because: Your baby won't care, so long as they're clean and warm. You're bound to be given baby clothes as presents.

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Babies grow up so quickly! Here are the basics: stretchy romper suits x 6 cardigans x 2 vests x 4 shawl or blanket hat, gloves and socks if it's cold sun hat if it's hot There are more tips on what to buy on the NHS website. Ditch the itch Is itching driving you crazy?

Third trimester pregnancy symptoms at 30 weeks It's probably more of an effort now to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath — that's because your baby is pushing up against your lungs.

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If you are pregnant, your body is experiencing major change.


Our week-by-week pregnancy guide is full of essential information.


During the first 6 to 10 weeks of your pregnancy, your body goes through many changes.