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Third trimester of pregnancy - 29 to 32 weeks

You may be aware of lots of movements and they will usually be lying with their head pointing downwards by week 32. Learn more about how your pregnancy develops during these weeks.

Week 29 to 31 of pregnancy

Your unborn 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 unborn baby's own pattern of movements.

If this pattern of movement changes, contact your midwife or hospital immediately

The sucking reflex is developing by now. Your unborn 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 on their skin disappears. The soft, furry lanugo (fine hair) also begins to fall off.

Your unborn 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 (90% to 95%). They would still need help to breathe.

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Week 32 of pregnancy

At 32 weeks, the unborn baby is usually lying with their head pointing downwards, ready for birth. This is known as cephalic presentation. If your unborn baby isn't lying head down at this stage, it's not a cause for concern – there's still time for them to turn.

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

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Page last reviewed: 14/11/2018
Next review due: 14/11/2021