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Your baby is continuing to grow each week that you remain pregnant. Your baby's crown-to-rump length is nearly 11.2 inches and total length is approximately 18 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 3.5 pounds at this point. Your uterus is about 4.4 inches above your bellybutton and continues to get larger. An average weight gain at this point is between 21 and 27 pounds. The weight that you gain is made up of your baby, placenta, blood supply, uterus, breasts, fat, water storage and amniotic fluid.

Because the ligaments and muscles supporting the small of your back relax and loosen in order to get ready for childbirth, your back may be aching from now on. There is usually nothing that can be done to prevent backaches, only to make them more comfortable. Many women get heartburn during these last few weeks of pregnancy because the oversized uterus leaves less room for the stomach and the contents within the stomach. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help relieve the discomforts of heartburn.

This week marks an incredible milestone in your baby's lung development. Before now, the air sacs and branches in your baby's lungs were present but not functional. The lungs were not able to inflate properly. However, now there is surfactant being produced in your baby's lungs. Surfactant prevents your baby's lungs from collapsing outside of the uterus and the baby is able to take in air and breathe properly. The fetal ear is almost completely developed both inside and out. Your baby can hear your voice and other familiar sounds that she will recognize after birth. Your baby is putting on white fat under the skin and the skin's color is pink instead of red at this point. Your baby's fingernails have grown to the end of her fingers and she may scratch herself while she is in the womb.

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KristiW - 21 days ago
KristinaA...I know exactly how you feel about the guilt. I feel the same way. I said that yesterday...I don't know which one drives me more crazy the baby's or my own hiccups?

KristinaA - 21 days ago
Kristi -- the hiccups drive me crazy. I've always felt a little mom-guilt for not appreciating it, but I hate the feeling of the little rythmic beating when she has hiccups, and I've felt that way w/ all of my kids.

KristiW - 22 days ago
I had an ultrasound today because I am measuring a head but the baby is actually right on and even on the small side. This little girl gets the hiccups ALL the time. Sometimes 3-4 times in a day!! LOL! In the ultrasound her mouth was open the whole time its no wonder she always has the hiccups!

mamaford77 - 23 days ago
I wish I could just go naturally and let labor build. The only one I've ever been able to do that with is my first, 20 years ago! I will still labor as naturally as possible, even with an induction. I'm usually able to just have my water broken to get things going and not have any pitocin.

KristiW - 23 days ago
I got a massage on last weekend. My back aches 24/7, upper and lower. And my MIL is a massage therapist... I have been counting days since the moment I found out I was expecting!LOL! My doc says I can be induced at 39 weeks and I am taking up on that!!!

KristinaA - 24 days ago
I've been pretty miserable lately too, but hoping that pains are going to get better with mgmt. I'm planning to start using clary sage at 37 weeks so we'll see if that gets me anywhere sooner than May 1 :)

mamaford77 - 24 days ago
Since they are planning to deliver me at 37 weeks, I have a little less time left. I'm so miserable that I have started waking up each morning and quickly doing a count lol. 5 weeks 4 days left...that's just 39 days!

KristinaA - 25 days ago
60 days to go... Not that I've been counting or anything... since 250 days! I'm just hoping not to get laid off from my job before baby comes. Last time I had a baby, they did a massive lay-off the next day, and my job would have been eliminated except I was covered under FMLA so they had to find a new position for me when I came back.

sher-baby - 45 days ago
Lol...I know right?!?...wth is sleep!! I think my baby dropped a while ago and as a result; I've had this ridiculous and sureal pubic pain! My breathing has been ok...I can't say that I've had to deal with breathing restrictions. But I think I've always carried low..

mandykat760 - 45 days ago
Sleep? What's that? Good news, the baby dropped and I can breath!

sher-baby - 45 days ago
I could never do this! My DH is as miserable as cat poop if he doesn't get enought sleep...I on the other hand, haven't slept decent in months!!!

babylove5 - 45 days ago
Sher, it will be very uncomfortable! Each pregnancy seems to take a toll on your bones! It's worth it in the end. If men had babies every family would Hv 1 child.. Lol I Hv always thought women were the stronger sex! It's funny that I Hv 4 boys and it's my job to teach them to respect women in a culture that doesn't.

babylove5 - 45 days ago
I like the graco frame stroller the best because its small and easy! I need the ready 2 grow stroller for my 2 year and baby old but I don't like big strollers. I can't make a decision.

sher-baby - 45 days ago
Ya I hope so too...but boy these next few weeks are going to be ROUGH!! I was never this uncomfortable with my daughter...

babylove5 - 46 days ago
I hope we all make it to 39 weeks. I'm sure all our precious babies will be ready to be born then!!

sher-baby - 46 days ago
Pressure is an understatement! Walking and changing position at night feels like a vajayjay is snapping in two! It actually snap, crackles, and rice crispies! Lmao! I'll ask my dr next Wednesday when we go to check my cervix...I don't know if they routinely do cervical checks here...I Didn't receive any with my daughter.

babylove5 - 46 days ago
Floy I have everything too but I still can't decide on the Graco ready 2 grow stroller or the graco frame stroller just for the seat. If I get both that's 300.... Ugh It's either go big or really small.

babylove5 - 46 days ago
I was afraid my bump would be the biggest but we all look about the same! That's cute Floy!!! Sher you do seem to be carrying low. Do you feel pressure? Maybe thats why your back hurts. I was carrying low the babies head had dropped as low as it could and it did something to where they were concerned about my cervix. He is now not that low and is now near my left hip.

sher-baby - 46 days ago
Haha at the work selfie...that's funny!! So when I look at urs and babylove's we all look around the same size but mine seems to have a ...'hang' to it....when I sit, it squishes my legs! IDK girls...I've said it before and I'll say it again; I'll be very shocked if I'm still pregnant in April! I think the end of march will be my D-day! I guess well all see...

floydianslip2 - 46 days ago
Okay, it’s up! It’s the best I could do, I was in the bathroom at work and didn’t want coworkers coming in and seeing me taking selfies, lol! They’d think I’d lost it… Now, keeping in mind that I’m almost 33 weeks, I think it’s not too bad! Sher, I can never tell for sure with the whole high/low thing, it’s so different for everyone, but I think you look low. But you look good!

sher-baby - 46 days ago
Lol...well hurry up with ur pic!! Lmao! I've also compared and I seem to really low already. What do u guys think?

floydianslip2 - 46 days ago
Wow Lexy! Are you off work for the rest of your pregnancy? I sure hope so, Sher is right, sometimes all you need is a break! Sher, I was going to try and get a bump picture up over the weekend, but I was so busy I didn’t even think of it! I got tons done, again, the house is almost ready for baby boy, and I’m almost to the point where I can finally relax and just worry about the small stuff. Yay!

sher-baby - 46 days ago
Ooh...that's a lil scary lexy! I'm glad ur dr took u off work tho. Sometimes all you need is a lil break.

lexy-b - 46 days ago
I am soooo uncomfortable at night too, I wish I had a recliner. I have heard they normally help. The other night I had contracts for over 5 hours & they were strong enough I couldn't sleep through it. My doctor took me off work thank God so I can at least lay down during the day when I start getting them.

sher-baby - 47 days ago
Ya I try to keep that in mind too, but atleast I shouldn't hurt while I sleep. Changing positions is becoming sooo painful. I tried to sleep on our recliner and for me it hurt more....I couldnt stand it.

babylove5 - 47 days ago
I'm with you on the sleep issue. I toss and turn and use the restroom all night. I had hubby on the couch but it didn't help. I slept better on the couch and recliner. I guess we won't be sleeping good for a while. I always say this is prep for the baby, when we are up at night nursing.

sher-baby - 48 days ago
My daughter is a splitting image of me but u can tell she won't be overly tall...her dad is short and stout, so she kind of gets that from him and his side. On another note, is really like to get some sleep!!! DH has been sleeping on the couch for the most part and i still can't sleep worth crap!! It's so frustrating.

babylove5 - 48 days ago
Sher, he prob will be tall. I'm 5 four and a half lol and my hubby is 6 1 all my kids are average height, except my oldest son he is really tall. My hubby and I both Hv dark brown hair brown and eyes but all my children Hv blonde hair and blue eyes except one. I have one child that took after my side, my g grandma was Italian. He has the dark, eyes, hair, and eyebrows. Apparently somewhere in the fam line there were alot of blonde hair blue eyed people. It's funny how you can Hv 3 that are the same and one that is completely different.

sher-baby - 49 days ago
Btw....DH has been annoying the hell out of me! Trying to keep my cool cuz it could be just my hormones, but boy....could I hit him!!

sher-baby - 49 days ago
I'm never to sure what I feel but my dr said at my last appt that he was head down, so with that information, I figured anything I feel low will most likely be hands and anything up higher will most likely be feet. He has always like the left side and occasionally I feel a lump on my right that I assume is his bum/back poking up because I usualy feel him as well on the left. I do Forsure feel kicks to the ribs tho!! He might be long...I'm about 5'8' and DH is about 6'3' who knows!

babylove5 - 49 days ago
My lil guy stays low with his head on my left hip and his feet curled up in the fetal position. Every now and then he gets my rib but not much. He gets really upset when I lay on my side since it pushes his leg, and he goes wild! I feel very big pretty early as far as the size of the baby.

sher-baby - 49 days ago
Your turn floydianslip!! Lol...thanks!! I don't feel too great today. I think he's had his foot up in my rib cage most of the day so now my ribs just feel so sore!!

babylove5 - 49 days ago
Our bumps are the same size!!! You look great!!Well I guess we are just normal then. Your baby isn't measuring big so hopefully it's water and not the baby.

sher-baby - 49 days ago
Ok my pic is up! Not sure why it's sideways tho!!! What do u think Babylove??? We're about the same size u think? I wouldn't be offended if you thought I was bigger lmao!!!

babylove5 - 49 days ago
Thanks Floy! I'm glad you all didn't say oh he's big because I would have been thinking I need to do something before I have the worlds biggest baby!!! I have one more week and I get to be measured at the doctors. I haven't seen him in forever!

floydianslip2 - 49 days ago
Well, I officially got my first “are you sure there’s not two babies in there” comment, which is kind of funny considering the conversation in here right now. Babylove, I don’t think your bump looks too big, I think it looks great! I’ll see if I can snap a pic and put it up over the weekend, but I think we might be around the same size too.

sher-baby - 49 days ago
I've been told that I look a lil big we prob are about the same size. But I've been hoping for lots of water too...I hope he's not bigger than 7lbs 9oz! Lol

babylove5 - 49 days ago
Thanks sher!! I was told that he was big at the us at 20 weeks or so. I am hoping he is now at a normal size but everybody tells me my bump is big!! Maybe it's just water and not the baby but I feel his weight!

sher-baby - 49 days ago
Haha...I love ur bump pics! I don't usualy take bump pics because I hate how I look, but I will when I get home. I think we may be about the same size, but U can see for ur self soon.. Lol

babylove5 - 49 days ago
I just added photos of my big baby bump on my profile! Tell me do y'all think he looks a bit big? It won't hurt my feelings, he is in the 80th percentile.

babylove5 - 49 days ago
I was just looking at the belly photo book and realized I need to take some pics of my belly. I am going to post some, so you guys can see how big this baby is. It's easy to tell from the side where I stop and baby begins. My sons friend told me I was going to have a fat baby... Lol

sher-baby - 50 days ago
I've posted a pic in the pregnancy photobook that you call could prob relate to!

sher-baby - 50 days ago
everyone in my house is in bed sleeping and in up. Shouldn't it be the other way around??

sher-baby - 50 days ago
So I think i can order all the herbs I need for about $50 to make my own bath herbs. It's prob a lil more than what I would pay to have the ready made ones shipped to me, but I'd prob get a butt load more use out of them.

sher-baby - 50 days ago
Rjean! I'm going to say u got spoiled!!! Lol we don't even get reg maxi pads! We gotta bring our own!!

babylove5 - 50 days ago
That said i trust natural herbs over doctor ordered medication. The evening prime rose oil made my labor pains not as intense and I almost didn't make it to the hospital. I was 8 cm when I walked in and completely effaced. I was in shock. Some people it causes bleeding though, so always research.

babylove5 - 50 days ago
That's the thing with these herbs and all medicine it affects people different. I know the prime rose oil works after a few days. Do not use the castor oil because of the risk to the baby!! It sometimes cause baby to Hv a bowel movement in the womb and to be born with a severe infection! Also it can cause the mother to Hv the runs during labor.

floydianslip2 - 50 days ago
Wow, I’ve never heard of this! I’ve heard of the Prime rose oil, but not the raspberry leaf tea. I tried Googling it, but just like everything else all I see are mixed messages. One website says it’s great to drink during your entire pregnancy because it tones your uterus, the other says it should be used in extreme moderation because it can not only shorten your labor but cause contractions that are too intense for the baby to handle. Lol, it’s all very confusing, I wish there was just a straight answer out there!

sher-baby - 50 days ago
NOOO!!!! Not at 30 weeks! To early!!! Here were told not to do anything to ripen cervix , soften cetvix, induce labour before 37 weeks!!!!

babylove5 - 50 days ago
I put a hole in the top of the evening prime rose oil and inserted it vaginally at 41 weeks. It takes a few days to work. Do not use it before 39 weeks, since your child can end up in the nicu. It takes some babies longer to develop and you don't want a sick baby because of your choice.

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