Your baby's crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful.
Your baby's hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby's hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.
If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant.
The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating.
Fingernails now reach over the finger tips and the baby can scratch itself.
allstar15 - 12.4 hours ago
Just left the docs office and he says I'm measuring 38 weeks than remeasured at 37 but went back to 38. So needless to say I have to go next week for an ultrasound. For my diarrhea said its not normal so to flush my system with Gatorade and a different over the counter anti diarrhea med. Also when I come back to him next week and the pressure or pain hasn't subsided I have to quit working. And I guess new insurance rule is you can't schedule a c section anymore unless you are 39 weeks and over even if you've already had previous ones.
goingfornumber3 - 18.3 hours ago
My first two were born around 38.5 weeks. So I'm hoping for the same thing this go around. But I keep worrying that for some reason he's going to be stubborn and stay in past his due date. I hope not though because I'm ready to meet him and the third trimester has been rough on me (and none of the roughness is really pregnancy related except for sciatic pain and back discomfort). I've had a stomach virus, my kids have been sick repeatedly, I've been depressed, and now I'm battling bronchitis. And I think my migraines are trying to make a reappearance but it could be all of the congestion from the bronchitis giving me a sinus headache.
goingfornumber3 - 18.5 hours ago
Allstar--I wouldn't say mine are loose but they are definitely softer than normal. But in my case it might be from all the meds I'm on for this bronchitis I'm dealing with. But I have noticed a lot of pressure in my vagina when I'm on the toilet like his head is right there. I cleaned 3 rooms in the apartment yesterday and sorted the laundry which DH took down to the laundry room and washed. So today I have to sort, fold, hang, and put away the clean laundry. Then I'm going to clear off the very cluttered table in my living/dining area so that it can be removed from the apartment and put in storage. Just waiting for nap time. And then later DH is taking me shopping to get the last of what I need for Caleb and the bags.
suly - 1 days ago
Allstar15- I've been having diarrhea but mine started 4 days ago. What does that usually mean? i'm also taking iron twice a day.
allstar15 - 1 days ago
I normally make it to 38 weeks. I'm measuring two weeks ahead so I'm wondering if he's preparing me. I was telling my fiancé that the pressure feels like the first time when you lose your virginity. Not that he knows what that's like lol. I've tried OTC meds for diarrhea and nothing. Ugh. Good thing he called the doc and I found out my appt is tomorrow not Thursday. Hopefully ill find out tomorrow if I'm still measuring ahead or dilated. I'm ready but not conpletely prepared lol still procrastinated on packing hospital and diaper bag. Hahaha I'm horrible at preparation this time.
WriterMom - 1 days ago
Allstar - I have had loose bowels since yesterday and considering how much iron supplements I am taking at the moment, I should be constipated beyond belief. I also feel a ton of pressure and pain in my pelvis, but I think in my case it might just mean that I will be uncomfortable until 40 weeks. It makes me think this girl will come earlier than her due date, but I also know it's probably just wishful thinking, as my son came on his due date. I don't mind for her to be cooked through, haha, but I am not happy with the discomforts (who would be, right?)
allstar15 - 2 days ago
I know this might be TMI but is anyone else having loose bowels or diarrhea? Along with shooting pain in the vagina and nipples? It's driving me crazy. Glad I have a docs appt Thursday, if I make it to than.
emilykay - 2 days ago
I had a growth ultra sound yesterday and my 'little' man is measuring 7 pounds already! So i have to have another ultra sound to check his growth at 38 weeks and at that point if he is still ginormous(above 95 percentile) ill be induced . I'm kind of nervous because I really so Not want a c section(I've read that induction puts you at higher risk for cesarean). Anyone else have a huge baby?!!!
Gemma79 - 2 days ago
Haven't been on for so long - been on holiday for a week then for past week been getting migraines!! Hope they have now stopped. Gonna try and rest more as think I keep trying to do too much at once plus am still not sleeping properly so that can bring them on as well. Only thing I plan to do this weekend is to get the hospital bags ready as much as they can be. Not long now ladies to go.
WriterMom - 2 days ago
LOL, ladies, so my sister sent me a box full of hand-me-down clothes...and you can certainly tell how she felt about having a girl after having 3 boys, because it is ALL pink! :-)
suly - 2 days ago
goingfornumber3- that's great that u have someone to help u like that. And doesn't that get even more exciting when you're packing ur bags. I'm so anxious I'll be doing that next week when I find out if the baby is still facing up or what the situation is. Hope everyone has a good night or day!
goingfornumber3 - 2 days ago
So I had to come up with some goals for myself for the week. And of course the first thing is to get better. But I also plan to finish buying what I need for Caleb and finish packing the overnight bags for everyone. And with DH's help I'm going to get this house organized and all the baby stuff set-up.
goingfornumber3 - 2 days ago
WriterMom--Thank you. I'm so happy to have one less thing to worry about and we were really needing a car especially with a 3rd baby on the way.
allstar15 - 3 days ago
You all right a epidural is all that bad its the anticipation of it that is the worse. I have a docs appt Thursday and hopefully we can schedule my c section date. Last time we had it schedule by 6 months but insurance changes makes you wait longer. Hmm wonder if I'm still measuring 2 weeks ahead. I can tell he's ready to get out because he's always been on my right side but now it's like he's all over and getting restless. My tummy is so tight I feel like I can move or breath.
suly - 3 days ago
Maddiek- lol that's so funny bcuz the same thing happens to me too. I feel like a little kid n its not only the stomach part its also my chest smh.
maddiek - 3 days ago
Goodness, so much of what I eat is making its way onto my shirt! I can't keep a shirt clean between food and brushing my stomach up against something!
WriterMom - 3 days ago
Goingfornumber3 - congrat to your new car! I get worn out so easily these days that I can barely keep up with the daily cooking/dishes/laundry business, never mind organizing and preparing for the baby :-) I think we have the most important stuff done, but there is a zillion little things that would be great to have in place before she comes.
WriterMom - 3 days ago
Allstar - I had an epidural with my vaginal birth and I was also dreading the needle in the back, but I really think it's more psychological than painful. It wasn't that bad at all, it's just the idea of it, because it feels so unnatural. But then think of the baby that comes out through an opening (in vaginal birth, of course) that most certainly does not seem to fit the size, but because it's a childbirth and has been happening since dawn of time, we consider it normal and natural, it's kind of funny, because I really think that is weirder and scarier than a needle in the back :-) I am getting anxious myself about both birth and having a baby. My birth was so smooth I am afraid this one will only have to be worse. But then 11 days after my son was born I hemorrhaged and I am terrified it will happen again and I won't be so lucky...and yes, the whole sleep/feed circus, ugh...but I am sure it will all be great and wonderful in the end!
goingfornumber3 - 3 days ago
Oh and in other good news, we have a car. It's a Mercury Grand Marquis so it's really large and roomy and we'll be able to fit all 3 kids in the back with no problem.
goingfornumber3 - 3 days ago
Hello week 34 ladies. Had an u/s this past Friday at 33w4d to check Caleb's growth because my fundal height was a little behind the last few checkups and my weight gain is off and on. The u/s tech said that he looks to be measuring about 4 lbs 10 oz. I also double checked his boy bits because heck you just never know. But definitely still all boy. We got to see a 3d pic but he's so crammed in there and had his hand up on part of his face that it was pretty blurry. But I can tell he has his daddy's nose. He was head down and I'm hoping he stays that way. I have so much organizing to do in the house to get ready but unfortunately I have viral bronchitis which has me kind of sidelined right now. It seems to be starting to ease up though so hopefully this week I can get the house de-cluttered again, baby gear assembled, and laundry cleaned and put away. I have my 34 week prenatal appointment on Thursday this week.
heatmac - 3 days ago
Allstar, that is what freaks me out the most too, so I just try not to think about it! They scheduled my c-section for Monday 6/17 at noon. I measured 41weeks at my 34 week checkup, so the Dr. thinks there is a good chance I will go earlier than the 17th.
allstar15 - 3 days ago
I'm excited but nervous. My oldest is 6 and youngest is 4.5 and it feels like I'm doing this for the first time again. Cleaning the umbilical cord, sleep positions, feeding and sleeping schedule Probably will feel like that until he's in my arms. Hubs says its my anxiety kicking in. I know I'm nervous about having another c section. Having them stick you in the back is beyond nerve wrecking and scary.
suly - 3 days ago
I wish more mommies can comment on here. I hate going on facebook
maddiek - 4 days ago
Baby shower was yesterday. I had a blast and got lots of cute little outfits. I now know what needs to be purchased and can get my bags packed.
suly - 4 days ago
I know what u mean allstar15 me too!
allstar15 - 4 days ago
This will be my third c section but was wondering if it was possible he could come earlier because of measurement. I am so uncomfortable and so much pressure. I sleep and hour than pain I'm up for an hour and than back to sleep again for an hour. I'm ready to be done
suly - 4 days ago
Went for a check up on Thurs. n the doctor said the baby is still breached hopefully in 2 weeks when they check me again the baby will turn around. N also been having a lot pressure down there I felt like I was going to faint n also felt so dizzy today while i walking thru the mall. I wonder what the hell that could of been
aprilsf - 5 days ago
the only true advice I can give is unless your having a scheduled c-section..babies are going to arrive when it's time. I've never gone into labor, all 3 pregnancies ended in c-section for me.
allstar15 - 6 days ago
Ok question ladies I'm 34 weeks but baby measuring 36 weeks. Does the mean he will come early. I never really make it past 38-38.5 weeks anyways but never was measuring head. Anyone have experience with this.
kiycai mum - 6 days ago
and my baby is finally head down, so happy that i can go for a normal delivery again. I am at 33+5 wks but baby was measuring 34+6, so I'm hoping she'll come a bit early. I don't remember losing my plug with my other 2, but I have a lot of heavy discharge (sorry tmi) when i get out of bed in the morning this time around
Jamie291711 - 6 days ago
WITH MY FIRST I REMEMBER LOSING IT... BUT I THINK IT WAS ABOUT A WEEK OR TWO BEFORE LABOR ACTUALLY BEGAN. I DONT REMEMBER LOSING IT WITH MY OTHER TWO... AND I AM NOT SURE IF IT CAN REGENERATE ITSELF? I ALWAYS HAVE CONTRACTIONS... SERIOULSY SINCE LIKE 20 WEEKS... BUT NOW THEY ARE ALL THEM TIME AND I JUST NOTICE THE STRONGER ONES... AND THEY ARE DEFINTLEY STRONGER THEN THEY USED TO BE... BUT STILL DOESNT FEEL LIKE TRUE LABOR. I AM HOPEING SHE DECIDES TO COME AROUND 37 WEEKS... BUT I GUESS WE WILL SEE. :O) I LOST A LOT OF IT YESTERDAY MORNING AND THEN LOST A LITTLE BIT (NOT MUCH) TWICE AGAIN LAST NIGHT... BUT THIS MORNING... NO MORE MUCUS PLUG BUT HAVE HAD SOME CONTRACTIONS.
lizzie032004 - 6 days ago
kiycai- thank you for your reply. Your information was helpful and makes me have some hope. My first one was sunny side up and could still be born naturally but I just couldn't push him out. Will see this time around but I sure don't want a c-section.
maddiek - 7 days ago
Jamie, have you lost your plug this early with your other pregnancies? I remember losing some of it the week or two prior to DD's delivery. Is it true that the plug regenerates itself?
maddiek - 7 days ago
Ugh...I feel so uncomfortable and full right now. I just want to lay on my stomach in hopes it will deflate some! Lol
Jamie291711 - 7 days ago
Hey there Ladies... I believe i lost my mucus plug this morning... but no blood in it... so that is good. Just a big glob (about the size of a quarter) of egg white looking discharge... SORRY TMI!!!! been having tightening since then... but i think i am good. The tightening was about every 4 minutes... but with this being my 4th pregnancy... I am almost positive it is not labor.
kiycai mum - 7 days ago
hey lizzie, i had my first baby by csec cause he was breech.my2nd was born by normal vaginal delivery. this one is still breech so we'll see how it goes. I think it all depends on why you the csec the 1st time
aprilsf - 7 days ago
omg hello 34 weeks! 4 more weeks since he will do c-section at 38 weeks for twins. I have been chillin in the twin forum this pregnancy, thought id pop over here for a minute. hope everyone is doing well!
Jamie291711 - 9 days ago
Just got back from my 34 week appt and everything was looking allright. I had an ultrasuond to check on the babys kidney and it has grown a lil more but not too bad. It went from a 17mm to 19mm... she said she wouldnt be surprised if the baby had to have a procdeure after being born but we will know more when she is born. She also said that i am about 25% effaced... cervix measured 3cm long and closed.. she said that was normal for 34 weeks and having had babies before. So I guess we will see... I go back in 2 weeks and will be 36 and a half weeks... getting closer :o)
kidatrbaby - 9 days ago
Kerot thx for asking its been ok Ive been exhausted ive even been going to bed early lol , I wouldnt wish being a single mom on no one.
lizzie032004 - 10 days ago
Hello ladies, has anyone of you guys had a c-section and then had the second baby vaginal? I really want a VBAC this time around but I'm worried I won't be able to for some odd reason. Any input is greatly appreciated.
kerot - 10 days ago
kidatrbaby - how's it going this week without the hubby there? You hanging in ok? Had a checkup today and bp was a little higher but not bad yet 132/78. He said it is normal to rise some at the end of pregnancy. 5 weeks and 1 hour (or sooner) till I get to meet my little man!!
kidatrbaby - 10 days ago
Mando these boards hvnt been as active as they were a few yrs ago,for me time has went super slow I knew I was preg cause I was nauseated before my positive test happen so after my test came up positive at 4 wk its been very slow since to me, I am glad were down to weeks thoI cant wait to be like 38 wks & see who goes 1st, no matter how many babies I hv I get nrvouse towards the end of my preg ,lol
mando - 10 days ago
I wish I would have followed this group more this pregnancy ,with my others I was right here every day . Does anyone else feel like time is flying ? It doesn't seem real to say we have weeks now and not months . Good luck to all and have a great day :)
MandyDee - 12 days ago
jamie291711- I have another ultrasound next week for my baby's kidneys as well. They told me one of her kidneys is not in the right spot and it may be fused with the other. Praying for healthy happy babies! <3
selah04 - 12 days ago
hello week 34!!...happy to be here!!
lisamarie29 - 13 days ago
:) Please share and vote to help him win a handicap assessable van...Hunter was born early ar 24 weeks..He is now 15 years old and has to undergo lots of therapy and doctors appointments..He suffers alot of hip and joint pain and getting lifted from wheel chair to vehicle and back for all these appointments hurts him greatly so he is praying to be one of 3 to win a van with a wheelchair lift so being picked up and lifted will no longer be necessary..So please take a moment to vote and help make his dream come true.This boy has had a hard life already but always has a smile on his face please help make it just a little bit easier on him by voting..Thanks again for your time and help..!
jamie291711 - 13 days ago
hey everyone.. i will be here tommoorw. :) yay!!! on tuesday i have another ultrasound to check on the babys kidneys (her right kidney is dialted and they have been watching it this pregnancy) I am nervous to see what it is but excited to see my lil girl. At the last ultrasound on the 16th of april she weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces already... (which i know can be off) so I am excited to see how big she has gotten
WriterMom - 14 days ago
4ttc5th - I dropped my son at daycare today, came home, checked my e-mails and ate some late breakfast and then slept until 3:30pm! I basically slept through the whole day. So yes, I am pretty tired too, haha!
MandyDee - 15 days ago
Ive been feeling exhausted also! I feel like I cant walk 10 steps without needing to sit down and all I wanna do is sleep! Bleh! Almost there!
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