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29 to 32 weeks pregnant

You are now in the third trimester of your pregnancy. Your baby continues to be very active. You may be aware of lots of movements.

There is no set number of movements you should feel each day. Every pregnancy is different.

You should be aware of your baby's own pattern of movements.

Urgent advice: Contact your midwife or hospital immediately if:

  • there is a change in your baby's pattern of movement

Week 29 to 31 of pregnancy

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

They are growing plumper and the skin begins to look less wrinkled and much smoother. Breathing movements are more common now.

The white, greasy vernix (protective material) on their skin disappears. The soft, furry lanugo (fine hair) also begins to fall off.

Your baby's eyes can focus now. Their lungs are developing. They will not be able to breathe on their own until about 36 weeks.

If your baby was born now, they would have an excellent chance of survival (more than 9 in 10). They would still need help to breathe.

Week 32 of pregnancy

At 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.

Your baby's oesophagus (food pipe or gullet) works. They are still swallowing amniotic fluid. This is then released as pee. Their memory is also beginning to form.

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33-36 weeks pregnant

Page last reviewed: 1 November 2022
Next review due: 1 November 2025