Support and information from NCT
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.
Your developing baby
Fat is growing on your baby’s body making them plumper, and their previously wrinkled skin will start to smooth out.
You’ll feel your baby kick and punch as they try out their developing muscles. And you may be able to make out their feet and hands through your bump as they move about.
Noticing stretch marks?
As skin grows to accommodate your growing baby, you may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen, thighs, breasts and bottom. These will generally fade with time.
You may also have developed the linea nigra, a dark vertical line down your stomach, which could take a few months after birth to fade.
Paid maternity leave can start now
Now is the earliest you can start paid maternity leave although most women choose to work a little longer. If you are still at work it's a good time to get your plans clear with your colleagues and discuss any returning to work options and keeping in touch days. Make sure you are aware of your maternity rights and the options to share leave with your partner.
Birthing centres or midwife-led units are run by midwives and don’t have all the medical facilities of a hospital, such as epidurals. Because most women can give birth without needing medical interventions, these units can be a good choice as an alternative to hospital birth as you are more likely to have a straightforward birth. You and your partner will usually be able to be in the same room for the duration of your stay and are more likely to be looked after by a midwife you have got to know during pregnancy. However, if you need specialist care during labour you will need to be transferred to the nearest hospital.
Have you read up about sex in the third trimester?
Read about it on our website if you have any concerns.
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.
We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.
Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.