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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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Juliemom24 - 56 days ago
She must be really low right now. This one was like that a few times but it went away. I'm hoping the same happens for you!

deebo - 57 days ago
Wow, I don't know what's going on but I totally feel like I'm holding a bowling ball between my legs when I stand up!! I don't remember this happening so early with my other two pregnancies.. AGGH! Baby is measuring in the 57th percentile at the last US so it's not like she's a giant or something.. Painfullll how am I gonna trick or treat with my kiddos?

lissie**** - 64 days ago
My 3rd child was left out a bit until our oldest went to school then my middle two bonded just about the time the 3rd child hit 2-2.5 years old

lissie**** - 64 days ago
sometimes they don't start playing until the younger is more verbal and closer to 2 years old+ Hopefully once your 1 year old gets just a little older they will be more 'fun + interesting' to the 3 year old. Lol my 1 year old plays with balls and cars by himself a lot too ha ha. And he tags along with the older ones too some.

letroise11 - 64 days ago
Lissie- I assumed that's how it would be between my 3 & 1 year except it's not. My 3 year constantly wants her dad or I to play with her. My son plays by himself with his balls and cars. I'm hoping that one of them will play with this baby once she's born.

lissie**** - 65 days ago
It took my oldest a little while to adjust to having the baby around. But once he got older they became bff and honestly it was easier having the both of them b/c she wasn't bugging me every second of the day to do something for her/with her. They could play together and it was amazing.

Juliemom24 - 71 days ago
Good to hear from you anxiousmami! A boy! Yay! I mostly get anxious when I think about how dd won't be my only child anymore and how this will effect her. Honestly, she is such a social person that I think she is really going to love having another person in the house. My mama heart just doesn't know how to handle it yet. On the other hand, I just want December to get her already so we can meet this baby and I can be done being pregnant!

lissie**** - 71 days ago
I feel the same way. It's getting really close but feels so far away at the same time! There is a lot I want to get done first..and need some help from DH. But he is in grad school full time and works two jobs--and has a herniated disk with nerve I can't expect a snappy response to getting things done. But at the same time I'm so uncomfortable and big I am ready to get baby out soon ha ha!!

anxiousmami - 72 days ago
Long time no talk ladies. I am having a boy and this is my 4th child (first boy). I am beyond ecstatic and am now starting to get anxious for his arrival. Some days seems so close yet so far away. I have been checking in here and there but seems like everyone went into hiding so I haven't commented for quiet sometime. Hope everyone is well.

Juliemom24 - 72 days ago
Well that's good news! A bunch of my friends are having babies right now which means that I am going to be next. It's crazy but then I think about how far away December is...

letroise11 - 73 days ago
He's a great doctor and he delivered my other two. But I think I'm so easy he doesn't worry about me so much.

Juliemom24 - 73 days ago
That stinks Letroise. One of the offices I was looking at told me that the doctor is so busy that he only really sees the patient the last month of pregnancy and lets his assistant see them the rest of the pregnancy. Sounds a lot like your situation. No fun.

lissie**** - 73 days ago

letroise11 - 74 days ago
I really don't like my doctors assistant but love my doctor, unfortunately I've only been seeing the assistant for monthes....ugh!

Juliemom24 - 77 days ago
So lucky. That seems really soon!

lissie**** - 77 days ago
8 weeks and 2 days longer at the most...Unless I change my mind (which I doubt).

lissie**** - 78 days ago
I don't think baby is quite this big either! But feels exaggerated like it ha ha!

lissie**** - 78 days ago

Juliemom24 - 79 days ago
ummmm... this is hilarious because I was just about to comment on the picture. It looks like a monkey child. haha. I know for a fact that my baby isn't that big yet but the placenta position is right on target for me.

lissie**** - 79 days ago
The picture of this momma's belly is how I feel. My baby is breach and squishing everything! can't breath it feels like and heart burn. Hope she'll flip soon!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 106 days ago
Moved over girls... x

jojo - 106 days ago
Aww hun I'm so sorry to hear you've had a few rough nights.. can imagine it's taken you ages to settle them and once woken they don't seem to go off properly do they :( I wonder why your little girl doesn't like bedtime. . Does she have a night light in her room hun? Reason I ask is Kian wen went through a phase and it turned out he didn't like thd dark and felt a bit alone at night. Hope it works out soon hun.. fingers crossed you get an easier night tonight. Well touch wood hun but since the antib's I haven't had any more bleeding :) Soo looking forward to our scan tomorrow and spending the weekend with my man :) kids go down their Dads tomorrow until Tues. Matoks get some well deserved rest. Bonita where you to girl?? Hope all ok xxx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 107 days ago
Hey girls. Jojo I feel exactly the same with work - I know 5wks today is my last and I cant wait...esp after the evening & nites sleep i've had. My 4yr old doesnt like going to bed and she has recently started carrying on terrible that shes waking the twins up, this is the third nite in a row shes done it and ave tried everything with her to settle her down and nothing seems to be working, she said she doesnt like going asleep...any ideas?? All the kids ended up awake thru the nite so i've hardly slept and am pretty tired today. Thank god its friday! Matoks defo try and catch up on ur sleep after ur malaria drug as u wont get much of it once babas here haha. Jojo hows the bleeding? Has it stopped yet? Hope alls well chick. Have a good weekend ladies xxx

matoks - 107 days ago
hey twinny so sorry really feel what u are going through taking care of 3kids,pregnancy and work,sorry hun oct 10 is nt so far again then u will av enough time to rest till baba come,just bear it till then......jojo how are u glad 2know all is well with u,i saw my obs on wednesday all is fine i was given malaria drug it really weaken me ive been sleeping to get back on my normal self,im bether thou,aos bonita doing?

jojo - 108 days ago
You go girl haha wow 10th Oct won't be long hun.. I don't blame you at all finishing early in fact I think I ended up doing that on Kian cos I was so exhausted. . Am doing really well this time tho and since being on the antibiotics and back on the acid tabs I feel really well altho I am so sick of work.. I've reached the stage now where I know I'm leaving soon and just can't be bothered. My hearts not in it.. blehhh!! Oh well another day another dollar hey.. have a good one chick xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 108 days ago
Arh thats lovely chick - why not indeed!! R u taking the other kids or making it just for u and hubby? Aww its lovely, am getting to that oh so tired stage now Jo I really cant be bothered with anything. Work has become a real hard slog ....i've brought my finishing date a week earlier, I cant cope with this tiredness. Its the weakest i've felt in all pregnancys,think because I have 3 other little'uns to look after besides being in work full time it is none stop. So ave admitted defeat this time round seens as its my last and I now finish work on 10th October....I just thought to myself 'why not!' :o) hahaha xxx

jojo - 109 days ago
Work was ok thanks hun.. don't feel too bad tonight.. my little girl has been non stop today so funny watching my belly bouncing around haha guess where we are going Sat?? We've booked a sneaky scan :-) not because I'm worried or anxious about anything but just because. . Lol we had a voucher emailed from the company we have already had a scan done so as this is our last baby we thought why not.. can't wait :)

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 110 days ago
Thanks Matoks - dont worry too much about labour, everyones pain thresh holds r different u will find what suits u best when it happens. Jo I get those tightenings often...didnt know they where BH!! Hahahahaha DUH!! Am so dozy. My next midwife apmt is a week on thursday, if i have any concerns before then i'll give her a ring. Good luck back at work tomorrow hope ur not too tired afterwards!! Xx

jojo - 110 days ago
Hey matoks glad your well. . We had a very busy weekend so I feel absolutely exhausted today.. back to work tomorrow :( bonita how you doing hun?? xx

jojo - 110 days ago
Twinny when's your next MW appointment hunnie?? Might be worth mentioning this to her and if you have it again to keep an eye on it chick.. doesn't sound like braxton hicks but a bit like I felt when my water infection was coming on.. best way to describe BH.. ok you know when you have a contraction your belly gets very tight and a little misshaped?? Well a BH is the same but it's painless so just tight with no intensity and deff not regular. . I have them quite often. Hope your ok. Glad baba is active :) xx

matoks - 110 days ago
hey ladies hows everyone doing and how was the weekend,mine was great with hubby indoor all through..........twinny i do feel back pain once in a while too i think is normal preparing one for the d-day but dnt kno about the blood,since baba is doing great i think u should worry less.i and hubby watched some delivery video xterday it looks so scary to me,i pray all goes well and less pain on my delivery day.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 110 days ago
Hello ladies. Hope u all had a good weekend. I think i've been having braxton hicks.....not that I know coz I dont know what they feel like but i've had period type pains for about 4 days and on saturday I was getting really bad back pain with tightening down my left side....?? I also had some blood when I wiped on the loo. Everything stopped saturday nite and babas been very active so i'm not concerned about anything but have any of u experienced anything like this? Bonita dont worry too much about the babys growth, it slows down in a few weeks...and keep in mind u have done this twice before ;o) Xx

jojo - 112 days ago
Try not to worry about sizes yet hun.. I'm sure he won't get to big for you.. hope your weekend with your family is a good one and not too hectic xx

bonitadiane - 114 days ago
Thanks Ladies. I'm super nervous but very excited about the new huge step. I'm praying hard for him that it all works out great. Twinny glad to hear bubs had a good growth. I think I'd much rather be told baby is on smaller side rather larger. My goal is too try again for another Vbac. Big baby scares me!!!! I'm a little worried, not going to lie. I'm anxious to see what baby weighs. ?!?!? I have a busy weekend with family here so I may nit get a chance to get on... But I'm going to try. Hope you ladies have an awesome weekend.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 114 days ago
Oooh sound Bonita u had us worried! Am so pleased for u, ur hubby and family - how exciting for him to be doing so well, hope it all works out well for you's chick!!! Cant believe u havent been on for over a week! Well done on passing ur glucose test - ur babas measuring big hey? I'm the opposite haha I had my consultation today at the fetal growth unit but it went well thankfully, she is still on the smaller scale but has had a good growth in the last 3 wks so it ended up being a positive result. I have to go back again in 3wks for another scan check, I think they will keep an eye on me until the end of my pregnancy now tho. Hope ur not over doing it taking too much on with being pregnant! Look after urself hun. U too Jo look after urself huni xxx

jojo - 114 days ago
Glad you're doing good bonita. . Good to hear from you. Sounds like a very exciting path you and yr family are travelling. . I wish you all the luck hun.. not missed much this end.. can't believe how fast these weeks are going xx

bonitadiane - 114 days ago
Btw missed u ladies!!

bonitadiane - 114 days ago
Helloooo ladies... So so sorry. It's been hectic here. Hubby is blessed with lots of work. But also taking on another adventure. He owns his own business but will now be working for someone as a general manager BUT he's now hired some ppl to work for his company. Oh my, this is exciting but very overwhelming. It could truly be the start of something amazing. I'm praying so hard this works out great for him. It's what he's always wanted and God knows he's worked SO hard to finally see it come together. I just pray it's a grand success. But, bc of this I've been SOoo busy holding up the fort alone. He's worked long long hours days. And it's not done. I'm not complaining but I'm To keep you ladies up to date. I passed the 3 hour glucose. Yeaaaah. Baby is measuring big so I need another ultrasound which I have next week to see how big he is. And I'm not as tired these days but insomnia is still here. Ok ladies what did I miss?? Oh, I have some family coming to visit from Canada today. Sooooo excited. I've also finally started washing some baby clothes. Finally, started getting the arrival of baby in motion. I've been slacking. Still feels sooo surreal.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 115 days ago
31 weeks wooohooo am so pleased we on the home stretch!! Xx

glowingwith2 - 116 days ago
Afshan, I'm weighing in at 184lbs. Definitely making breathing more difficult. Getting strong braxton hicks now too. I had 3 in an hour last night, but then they stopped. They usually happen in the evening after I've had dinner. I'm off to 33 weeks tomorrow. Inching closer to 'full term'. I will be happy once I hit 36 weeks. My daughter was born at 36 weeks and other than being small and jaundice, she was in perfect health.

afshanm07 - 120 days ago
Hi girls feel so big now gained upto 182 ibs wow. And tired and even breathe cuz of tummy. Getting ready to pack up just in case never know what will happen scard again of labor coming in 8 weeks or less

glowingwith2 - 120 days ago
My idea of fun these days is laying in the recliner in the Air Conditioning. It's still nearly 100 degrees here every day. I'm starting to feel VERY pregnant. On top of that I feel like I am getting sick. :( I've been on Iron pills since I fainted at 10 weeks. I can tell if I don't take them for a day or two because I feel very faint. I have to get up slowly from my desk because I have pressure in my lower uterus. I sure hope these next 7 weeks go fast!!

blondeabby - 121 days ago
I now measure at 38 weeks at 31 weeks pregnant. She has dropped and I am so uncomfortable . I have gained 46 lbs now and I feel so done. 2 homes into one this weekend..might just kill me. My dh asks why are you crying?? Seriously why am I crying??? I said I wish you could carry her for an hour...then we will see who is crying! I go back to work on the 3rd..I have no idea how I will do it??

snooks - 122 days ago
I am so tired I can barely function. I'm boarderline gestational diabetic, on Lovenox blood thinners, low blood pressure and maybe anemic? I had a steak today, just in case. I sure don't want iron shots to give me constipation on top of it all. Ugh. So bored and tired of not having the energy to do anything fun. I feel summer slipping away and eight months of snow looming down on me. boo hoo.

glowingwith2 - 123 days ago
Off to 32! Keep them rolling by! :) Feeling great now that my sprained ankle is almost better.

glowingwith2 - 124 days ago
Blonde, I feel your pain. I can't imagine having to pack/unpack this late into pregnancy. I worked myself so hard moving that I had an aching cervix! At least you will have a little bit of time to get settled before the baby arrives. We are getting close to the end now. I'm almost officially in my 8th month. I keep wondering if I am going to go early again. My weight gain has slowed down. I'm at 28lbs and I will be 32w on Wednesday. I gained 47 with my daughter and delivered at 36w. I feel like I am on track for a healthy weight gain this time. Woohoo!!!

Blondeabby - 124 days ago
I went for my ultrasound because the fundal height was measuring 6 weeks ahead. Turns out she is just a big baby...should be about 3.3 now and is almost 5lbs! 85%

Blondeabby - 125 days ago
31 weeks!! Next weekend is when all the moves happen:( packing packing and more packing!!! I am not going to want to un pack it all:(

mammaramirez - 133 days ago
Had our 3D ultrasound today. He's so precious! He kept putting his foot in his mouth. He is still head down yayyyy! Still no name. Another ultrasound on Friday to check his size

msjenn727 - 133 days ago
Mamma- Thanks so much! I took the best nap ever today...didn't realize how much slobber i had on my pillow until i woke up lol!

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