Your baby is getting ready for life after birth. The protective vermix and the fine lanugo hair on its skin are gradually disappearing.
There is a layer of fat under the delicate, rosy skin which helps to regulate the baby's temperature and forms an important energy reserve.
Although it is very cramped in the uterus, your little one can still change the way it is lying. It trains its muscles with vigorous movements, and its kicks into the diaphragm can be uncomfortable or even painful.
The upper edge of the uterus is now at the height of the costal arch. Many minor symptoms such as shortness of breath, heartburn, sleeplessness or overburdened tendons may be causing you to long for the end of the pregnancy and childbirth. Lots of rest periods and a comfortable posture can reduce these issues.