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Weeks 28-32

pregnancy adviceRight now your baby is around 11 inches long, approximately the size of an aubergine,

 

and the lanugo (the fine, soft hair that covers your foetus’s body) begins to drop off.

If your baby is a male, the testes will begin descending into the scrotum from the abdomen and this is usually complete by 40 weeks.

The feeling of exhaustion that you felt during your early pregnancy may return and you may have a more difficult time breathing as your uterus grows upward. Varicose veins (blue or red swollen veins most often in the legs) and haemorrhoids are also a common symptom during late pregnancy. Braxton-Hicks contractions may continue up until labour, preparing your body for delivery. You may find yourself urinating a bit when sneezing or laughing because of pressure from your uterus on your bladder. To combat this you must do pelvic floor exercises. These exercises will also help you in childbirth and enable you to recover much quicker.

Late pregnancy hormones may make your hair appear fuller and healthier and give you that wonderful pregnancy glow everyone talks about!