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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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jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 26 days ago
Moved over girls... x

jojo - 27 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 - 27 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 - 27 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 - 28 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 - 29 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 - 30 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 33 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 - 34 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 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 35 days ago
Btw missed u ladies!!

bonitadiane - 35 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 - 35 days ago
31 weeks wooohooo am so pleased we on the home stretch!! Xx

glowingwith2 - 37 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 - 41 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 - 41 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 - 41 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 - 42 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 - 44 days ago
Off to 32! Keep them rolling by! :) Feeling great now that my sprained ankle is almost better.

glowingwith2 - 45 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 - 45 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 - 46 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 - 53 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 - 53 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!

mammaramirez - 54 days ago
Happy birthday msjenn!!!!

msjenn727 - 54 days ago
The 9th is my birthday and to be honest, the only thing i want is peace and quiet from the kids lol!

mammaramirez - 56 days ago
Saturday cannot get here fast enough!!!!!! 3D Ultrasound, then it's name negotiation time!

mammaramirez - 59 days ago
msjenn - 32 weeks you'll officially be 8 months prego :)Love the name! Yeah I don't think I could honestly do the 3 hour now.... it was easier when I did it at 12 weeks because I was so sick anyway, it didn't make much of a different if I was fasting or not. They also gave me medicine to help with the nausea so I could keep the juice down. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!

msjenn727 - 59 days ago
Mamma- I'm going to name my son Jeremiah. He moves so much these days and i can really tell he's growing. I have a Dr's appointment tomorrow morning. I know they will give me the lab paperwork for the 3 hr glucose test and honestly part of me wants to tell them i refuse. I just can't imagine sitting in a lab for 3 hrs ugh! The 9th is my birthday, so maybe the kids will let me sleep in( MAYBE) lol. I will also be 32 weeks on Saturday. Even though this isn't my first pregnancy, i can't seem to remember when the 8th month starts. Is is 32 or 33? Also tomorrow they will be giving me my c section date!!!

mammaramirez - 59 days ago
31 weeks tomorrow!!! 9 more weeks to go (give or take depending on whenever baby is read of course!!).. I have a 3D ultrasound set for this Saturday. I cannot wait!!! Hubby comes home today and he promised he'd have a list of names for us to go over. (hopefully he didn't forget)

msjenn727 - 61 days ago
31 weeks today...3 hr glucose testing next week ugh! Hope you ladies are doing well :)

leanbean - 63 days ago
Good appt. yesterday. Letti's hb was 132 which seems so low to me, but dr. said she looks perfect so I guess I should trust that. How is everyone? SO quiet in here! Been super busy with reunions and trying to get all the summer fun in while we still can!

MOMIIB - 70 days ago
31wks today! :-)

sarah6485 - 89 days ago
60 days !

sarah6485 - 89 days ago
My baby feels huge I feel hands and feet and when I lay on my side I feel it do big shifts. So much different when you don't know the gender of the baby keeps you constantly wondering what's in there :-) exciting

monika01 - 92 days ago
seeing my ob on fri . filling in the paper for my csection date suppose to be 37./38 wks so aug.14-21/ my previou swirl was 6.5 wks early tough ido have IC . hoping to make it to 36.5 at least

monika01 - 92 days ago
baby ali ~ i was having huge muscle cramps.. am taking magnesium 1 or 2 times a day i asked my ob it helps relax muscles .. works awesome !!!

Baby ali - 95 days ago
can't sleep at nights due to leg pains, if I sleep on one side the leg goes dead with pain then if I change and sleep on the other side same thing. it's so hard sleeping and doing anything :0(

stublit - 95 days ago
Funtime- I also like to cook my babies past their due date! I asked my doc about it and she said I should expect to go over with this one.

funtimemum80 - 95 days ago
Personally I don't think gender determines when baby comes, I did read years ago that race, age and health play a factor in how long a baby needs to be 'cooked' for, I do know from myself and others that if you have a history of reaching your due date and no baby you are more likely to do the same with subsequent babies. My due date is 18th august so going by my history I think I will give birth between 20-24th, if I'm early it will be a huge shock!

Baby ali - 96 days ago
can't wait to meet the boundle of joy! :0)

Baby ali - 96 days ago
my mo Inlaw got 7 sons all were born b4 due date, I guess it depends on individuals and the baby

funtimemum80 - 96 days ago
Baby Ali, no- both my boys were over, one was born 13 days past my due date and the other 8 days over. My girls have been born on their due date or just over by a day or two. I hear boys are 'lazy' lol it might just be coincidence that they were both males and born way over their due date

Baby ali - 96 days ago
people say if ur having a boy they Normaly are born b4 due date is it true??? or myth?

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