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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.

Growth of the womb during pregnancyBraxton-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.

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smiles884 - 2 days ago
baby-leo.. that would be frustrating, but just so long as baby is healthy! Maybe ultrasound measurements were off.. Rach-yea, this little side effect of pregnancy is NO fun!! but thanks for the little tip.. trying to keep up veggie and apple intake to help as well : )

Rach3017 - 4 days ago
So, kind of having issues with having a BM. Sorry if TMI... But, for those suffering like me, FYI- Milk of Mag works WONDERS!!! I took the max dose and so thankful for this little cure!

baby-leo - 4 days ago
Smiles - I hope it's not wrong!!! My first due date was May 21 according to LMP then it got pushed back to June 1 according to ultrasound. I hope it doesn't go further into June!! I hope at my next appointment I get better news :)

smiles884 - 4 days ago
baby-leo...I wonder if your edd is off? or maybe the measurements were inaccurate- as can happen with ultrasounds the farther on the pregnancy goes... I wouldn't worry-just keep eating well, resting and doing light exercises...

jaybird81 - 8 days ago
bkle- Say what?! I would be livid! Is there anyway you switch doctors and actually have a relationship with one?! I couldnt imagine not knowing who was delivering my baby!

bkle - 8 days ago
Strep b test and tentinus shot next week fun times haha. Still dialated 1 so that is good news :-) baby has decended some but pressure on cervix is minimal. The nurse practitioner was nice today, still wish I could get to know this dr im suppose to be seeing. Some kind of specialist he is, never seeing patients! If I wanted to see a nurse practitioner I would of gone to a nurse practitioner you know. He will be a stranger delivering my baby at this point and he didn't even call me by my real name the last time I saw him. Just typing that out made me realize im more angry about that then I thought I was. I seriously thought that I had come into some sort of realization that it is what it is or something... Oh well

bkle - 8 days ago
baby leo-- wow sorry to hear that :-( I hope baby starts to grow that's scary. Are they going to do something to help.

baby-leo - 8 days ago
hi ladies!! had my checkup yesterday and my baby is measuring small, about 2.5 weeks behind :(. she also said my blood pressure is really low - and that i should wear compression stockings.

jaybird81 - 8 days ago
I agree, onj! It's such a short period of time, it's here then it's gone. I think I would rather deal with a newborn crying than a 3 or 4 year old's tantrum! hahaha And bkle- what's a breast shield? I'm looking for anything to simplify the breast feeding thing!

bkle - 9 days ago
I really enjoy the newborn stage, am I crazy for feeling that way haha. Breast feeding to me is the part I dred. I took the advice of the hospital and got myself a breast shield this time around (almost 10.00 for it seeme pricy but worth a try)

onj - 9 days ago
Also- I don't know why people make such a big deal about the newborn stage. Yes, it's tiring. But that's what coffee is for!! :)

onj - 9 days ago
I have a feeling I will be last. If I am still sitting here after 40 weeks and you ladies are all holding your babies, you better still come on and keep me company!! lol.

jaybird81 - 9 days ago
I think I will be last...since mine won't be here until mid-May! Last night I had some awful braxton hicks contractions that woke me up out of my sleep, I thought I was going into labor!! I keep telling folk that I can't wait to have the baby and everyone keeps saying that I am crazy- that newborns are no walk in the park. I don't remember having many issues with my other kid?? I remember the first month was hard, but nothing miserable????

bkle - 9 days ago
4girls--- it would be funny if we all had our babies the same day; unlikely but funny thought all the same :-)

bkle - 9 days ago
The back pain today has been horrific! I cant even bend over, the herniated discs in my back are really acting up today for some reason. Today lots of useless tylonol, heating pad time, and baths. Missing my ib500's right now ugh :-(

4girls want a boy - 9 days ago
Humm... I wonder who on here will be first to have our babies??? I don't know why but I am just so excited for my Dr's visit tomorrow

jaybird81 - 9 days ago
SamanthaDawn- Thank you for the clarification, I was wondering what would happen. I've only had one other c-section, so I would fall into the first category. I honestly don't know what I would do if that happened- I'm terrified of natural delivery, but the recovery from the c-section was terribly painful!

SamanthaDawn - 10 days ago
jaybird-It all depends on why you are having the scheduled c-section. If it's because you've only had one previous c-section they will let you have it naturally (if you want) or they will just do a c-section then and there. (unless your baby is too early to be born healthy, then they would try to stop the labor) In my case, I've had 2 previous c-sections so I have no choice I would need a c-section right away. And not be allowed to have it naturally.

4girls want a boy - 10 days ago
My last Dr started checking me at 37 weeks.. I am at a new Dr now so im not sure how she will do it.Maybe 35 weeks is kinda early to check.

jaybird81 - 10 days ago
I haven't been checked for dilation yet. With my last pregnancy they didn't start checking until the last month, when I started going to the one week appointments. I am scheduled c-section- my due date is May 13th. I always wondered what would happen if I go into labor? Do they try to stop your labor and perform a c-sec or do they let you have the baby naturally? My hubs is working out of state until May 10th and I probably over work myself with the kid, dogs, house, I keep feeling like I'm going to have this baby early and without cesarean. Maybe I am just being paranoid.

SamanthaDawn - 10 days ago
Thanks, mummytoharrison. I hope so too!But if not, I'm sure whatever surgeon is there knows what they're doing too. I'd be too excited about having my baby and caught up in the moment to be dissapointed about not having my doctor there. I am SOOOO excited to find out if it's a boy or girl! :)

onj - 10 days ago
The midwives and doctors at my clinic MIGHT check you (if you want) after you are full-term. But, that's only if you want them to check. Sometimes they don't ask if you want them to, sometimes they do. Otherwise, they only check if you are having contractions or are in full-on labour. But everyone/everywhere is different it seems.

SamanthaDawn - 10 days ago
At my hospital they don't check for dilation at any of the routine OBS appointments. Not until you go into labor. (I know its different at other hospitals,or with different doctors.

bkle - 10 days ago
4girls-- my dr appointment is Thursday as well, they will check me as I was already 1. I hope the dr check you so that you will know if something is happening. Your leave from work seems like a long way away, sorry to hear it all ended up last minute.

4girls want a boy - 10 days ago
So I just got my paper work for my leave from my Dr she took forever to fill it out. 1 day before it's due. Faxed it over . Now they have 10 days to approve it, so this will all be done at the last second . I have 16 more days of work left, and I can't wait for it to end ! This better be approved . I have a Dr's visit on thursday my 35 week visit.. Anyone know if they will be checking for dilation on that day. I is so sore down there I can almost bet that I am. I really want to know. If not im sure they will at my next visit 36 weeks or 37 weeks . Well shall see.

onj - 10 days ago
I'm over heartburn too! And pretty much everything else pregnancy related lol. Except cookies. They're still good in my books :)

mummytoharrison - 10 days ago
Sooooo over heartburn. SamanthaDawn - fingers crossed that you don't go before and get your specific dr.

SamanthaDawn - 10 days ago
My secheduled c-section was supposed to be may 8th.-a week before my due date of may 15th. (That's the day they were telling me for months) But and at my last OBS appointment they changed it to may 12th.Because the surgeon who did my 2 previous sections can't do it on that day, and so I had the choice of may 8th (with a dr I've never met) or wait 4 days and have the dr who has delt with me for everything. So I chose to wait. I won't have a choice if I go into labor early but I dbout that'll happen. and I still get to have my baby 3 days before my due date. So 4 weeks, 6 days left! :)

elisiaxx - 11 days ago
Samanthadawn how long have you got left before your c-section? I feel like this little one is laying across my tummy as well, my midwife said he was head down but 'brim' and I don't think she was 100% on where his head was when feeling my tummy. Ive been feeling pretty poop today! Ive got a cold & a sore throat :( it always drains me having a cold ha ha!

bkle - 11 days ago
I was allowed to stay for 48 hours and only allowed to see my babies in nicu when other babies weren't there as Nicu shared with the nursery :-(. This new hospital has separate rooms for NICU so hopefully if I do have him early ill be able to see him more. 1st at 35 6lbs 3oz. 7 days nicu. 2nd at 35 1/2; 6lbs 14oz. 3 days nicu 3rd at 34; 5lbs 14oz. 10 days Nicu (home on o2 and monitors.) All of the girls were 19 inches long. Im feeling hopeless lately like I am not going to make it to 36 weeks even with everything the doctors and I are doing to keep him in there. A slight depression perhaps, who knows. I don't call people anymore or answer my phone because im not wanting to be a downer. Ill perk up when I make it to 36 ;-).

4girls want a boy - 11 days ago
Last night I was having some pretty strong contractions that were waking me up..Nothing like waking to some major pain when your in a deep sleep

4girls want a boy - 11 days ago
Bkle so far so good with you .. Fingers crossed that your little one will stay put for at least four more weeks.

SamanthaDawn - 11 days ago
bkle good luck! I'm hoping your baby stays in there and you stay with us till the end! :) ...Just currious, how big were your babies you had at 34 and 35 weeks? How long did they have to stay in the hospital? Did you get to stay there with them? Or did you have to go home without them for awhile?

SamanthaDawn - 11 days ago
elisa xx I get pain with my braxton hicks, too. They feel like the contractions I had in early labor with my first. But they never last long so it dosen't worry me. My baby isn't even head down, it's laying SIDEWAYS with its head on the left, and it's legs and bum on the right. at my last obs appointment the dr was like 'it feels like your baby is breech.' I was like 'I feel like its laying sideways' then she felt around some more and said 'you're right!' and she got out a little ultrasound machine and I saw that the baby's head is exactly where I thought it was lol. It dosen't matter to me which position baby is in because i'm having a scheduled c-section anyways. Maybe that's why I'm not having any pelvis pain? baby can't 'settle down in there' because it's back is laying across my cervix, instead of doing a headstand on it.

bkle - 12 days ago
I'm getting nervous as I will be 34 weeks in a week and that is when I had my last baby. And week 35 with the other 2 I had. Hubby will be home in almost a week yay! Going to finish my bag packing except for my favorite pant and shirt just in case. You'd think id be use to this after 3 early babies but i'm not. Another dr./nurse practitioner appointment Thursday, well see hoping for good things but planning for the worst just in case :-)

elisiaxx - 12 days ago
I know, I had no idea it was so lovely, I literally have everything for him now apart from baby hats but me and the hubby are going to start buying bits this week to go in my hospital bag :) im not having any pain in my pelvis but I guess thats because his head isn't snuggled in there :( he's apparently head down and I have midwife every 2 weeks now so lets hope next week he has started to snuggle in! One thing I am starting to get bad is braxton hicks but I get pain with them sometimes :/ is that normal?

4girls want a boy - 12 days ago
mummytoharrison my pelvis hurts so bad some days by how it feels makes me think im going to have the baby that day. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I can't lift my leg without bad pain .. Not to long now ..

SamanthaDawn - 12 days ago
mummytoharrison- My pelvis feels fine, it's my skin and my belly button that's bothering me! When the baby moves it hurts my belly button, it's such a weird and gross feeling

SamanthaDawn - 12 days ago
elisaxx- That sounds so nice! I can't wait for my 'surprise baby shower' My mother-in-law who is planning it spilled the beans to me about it about a montha ago, called me up right drunk and told me NOT to buy anymore baby things.because she was having a baby shower for me. ...I do not know when or where it will be tho, but I'm starting to get a little impaitent because I really did stop buying baby things after she told me. (I know its real, and not her just drunk rambling because hubby admitted he knows some of the details but wont say anything)

mummytoharrison - 12 days ago
That was so sweet of them, elisiaxx Glad DD is already loving her brother. Anyone else feel like their pelvis is about the shatter?

elisiaxx - 12 days ago
Today I met up with some friends for lunch which was really nice because they done me a surprise baby shower :) it was lovely and has made it that much more real that I am going to be having another baby :) my dd kisses bump everyday and he responds to her! Im so nervous, excited and mixed emotions all at one time ha ha

4girls want a boy - 13 days ago
Swissmammy Raspberry Tea never worked for me . I started it at 34 weeks with my last two, and still went to the very end. I tried so mant things that just wore me out .This time I plan on not doing anything to put myself in labor just relaxing.

swissmammy3 - 14 days ago
Good Morning Week 34. Seeing my midwife every 2 weeks from now on and apparently baby is measuring 'spot on'. Head is still down but hasn't moved right down into my pelvis yet so must focus on sitting on the birthing ball from now on. Have been recommended I drink Raspberry leaf tea which will help everything soften, so as of tonight will be drinking that. I was over due on both my previous pregnancies so hoping I'm on time this time around.

onj - 14 days ago
SamanthaDawn- Yeah, that response was a bit ambiguous lol. Oh well, at least you know you only have one or two shifts, if any! I can't wait until we are all done work and baby watching. A few more weeks and someone is bound to have their baby!! (hopefully not before 37 weeks though : )

SamanthaDawn - 14 days ago from reading that, it sounds like either I'm done for good now, or will have very little work days left. Because I only worked like 2 days a week anyways so with someone 'taking some over' that dosen't really leave anything left for me.

SamanthaDawn - 14 days ago
When I read the schedule and realised I had no shifts my first thought was that the other waitresses were talking bad about me and nobody wanted to work with me anymore! :( (I always think the worst) Anyways I messaged her saying: I see I have no shifts this schedule (not complaining!) Just wondering if there will be any shifts for me in the next schedule, or if I'm done now? I hope there weren't any complaints about me, I tried to do my best at work but it is starting to get harder as I get bigger and slower. She took over 24 hours to write back and I felt soo nervous like I had been fired! ...she wrote back sayng:: I have Wanda in training a few breakfast shifts next week as she will be taking some over. No no complaints at all!! I could just see you looked very uncomfortable!!

onj - 14 days ago
SamanthaDawn- did your boss tell you if you have any more shifts next week? Or are you done??

onj - 14 days ago
Thanks ladies! I did get the 2nd shot, bkle. The funny thing about the medication they wanted to give was that it was only useful for 24 hours from what I read. Seems like a big risk for not much benefit. What's the difference of a day? 4 girls- I haven't dilated anymore, so I really still don't think baby is coming early lol. I think my uterus is just weird and like to prepare for labour for months lol. I seriously had contractions (timeable, regular) every night for a month before I had my DD2 at 40+1. We shall see though. You are right about refusing meds though- it is not an easy thing to do. Samantha- Normally, I just assume they know what they are doing, too. The only reason I ended up researching it was because she set it down and said she'd give it to me in 20 minutes, after she did something else, and I read the name and decided to see what it did. From now on though, I'll definitely keep doing my homework lol. Anyway, all I need is for this baby to stay put until 35 weeks so I can deliver at my own hospital. If it DID come early, I'd have to be airlifted to a hospital with a NICU, and it's over a 2 hour drive away. NOT what I have in mind lol. Anyway, I don't think that's likely. Everything is pretty calm and under control here now :)

SamanthaDawn - 15 days ago
onj- Good for you for researching the medication first! I always just assume the Dr. knows whats best and would have gone with what they said. Reading that made me realise I should think for myself, and look out for myself a little more! Glad to hear you were able to go home, hope everyting stays good and baby stays in for awhile longer. Good luck!

mummytoharrison - 15 days ago
Wow onj! Glad the contractions have slowed down, and that you checked out that suppository. I had the steriod shots earlier this week you so I hear you on the 'those buggers hurt' scale.

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  1. Lysa91 - 14 May 2014
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