The baby is not as active as he used to be because the space around him is decreasing. You will often feel the odd kick or punch. Keep a check on your baby's movements. If you suddenly notice much less movement than before, contact your midwife or obstetrician immediately. They can check that your baby is doing all right.
If he hasn't already done so, your baby will assume its final position around now. Although, until it has engaged, he could still change positions.
You will find breathing easier again once your baby has engaged, because he will be lower down in your pelvis.
The best position for birth is the head-down position. This means that his head is pointing down and will come out first. Approx. 90% of all babies are born in this position.
The other 4% are breech births. There are various kinds of breech position. A baby in transverse position will always have to be delivered by caesarean section. If the baby is in complete or incomplete breech position, you will need to discuss the best option with your obstetrician.
The placenta has reached its maximum size and now weighs around 500 grams.