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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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MOMIIB - 4 days ago
31wks today! :-)

sarah6485 - 23 days ago
60 days !

sarah6485 - 23 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 - 26 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 - 26 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 - 29 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 - 29 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 - 29 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 - 30 days ago
can't wait to meet the boundle of joy! :0)

Baby ali - 30 days ago
my mo Inlaw got 7 sons all were born b4 due date, I guess it depends on individuals and the baby

funtimemum80 - 30 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 - 31 days ago
people say if ur having a boy they Normaly are born b4 due date is it true??? or myth?

Baby ali - 31 days ago
31 weeks today thank god it's geting closer to victory lol

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 31 days ago
Kristen- thanks for the info! As soon as I get my insurance card/information, I'll give edgepark a call. I'm all about quick and easy when it comes to ordering things lol.

kristen27 - 32 days ago
I used a company called Edgepark to order my breast pump. I called it took literally 5 minutes to order it and they handle all the insurance stuff. You basically don't even need to know if your insurance covers it or not. They call your insurance and find out and then eemail when it will ship if your insurance covers it or email you and tell you what the deal with the insurance is. So easy! They also gave me 3 choices in brands which I heard some companies don't do. Ameda, medela, and another. So I recommend any of yell wondering about breast pumps and your insurance to call that company.

kristen27 - 32 days ago
Tnt - you are SOO young!!! I guess some people just know when they're done..I am having a hard time with coming to the realization that I will have to be 'done' soon! But I refuse to say it after this one. I have 2 and this one will make 3. I will be 29 next month and hubby is pushing to be done after this one and especially before 30. Makes me so sad to even think about being 'done!'

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 32 days ago
Tlc-youre right, 70% is better than nothing :) I hear great things about medela, but to be honest I've never even used a breast pump before lol I hope it works out for me as well as it has you ladies. Kady- that's wonderful! I bet it's a weight lifted off your shoulders. And I bet your hubby is ecstatic lol. I'm not to crazy about the procedure of my tubal, but I am grateful my doctor does them for women 21 years and up instead of 25. There are some doctors who will not do it unless you've either had two children or are 25 years of age. I'm 22 and truly, two babies are enough. I grew up thinking I would never want any children, I wanted a career and to travel places. Hah! Kids are great and I'm glad I had them! But if I stop now, I can eventually do all of those things, and guess what, I'll have two boys to take with me! And my husband, too, I guess haha

kadyrae1107 - 32 days ago
So ladies I have good news!! I had a doctor appt today and the fetal fibronectin test I had done last Thursday FINALLY came back NEGATIVE!!!!! I was so excited!! So now I can go every two weeks until its time for every week. He also said I can have sex again! Hubby is so excited hahaha.

ladybug85 - 32 days ago
tnt: my hubby told me he would so i didn’t press my dr about the tubal last time. he went to the consultation and came home like, NOPE...not happening. LOL!!! tlc: I’ve never used medela and had a ameda double electric last time. i absolutely loved it and gave it to a friend after a year of pumping (since I was so sure I wasn’t having any more kids…lol). i was so thankful it was an option from my insurance.

tlc - 32 days ago
Having lots of BH contractions today and loving it :-)

tlc - 32 days ago
Just found out my new insurance carrier will pay only 70% of the cost of a new breastpump. I'm ok with that. My plan is through the exchange so I wasn't expecting much. The only one I can get is an Ameda Double Electric. I've only used Medela before. Hope the Ameda is ok.

stublit - 33 days ago
Kady- I get free RX through insurance so I'm going to ask for a script. Doc said Pepcid and Zantac were the same but I think she meant they work the same. I believe it's different ingredients. It's so much better to prevent the acid rather than treat it! It only took 3 pregnancies to figure that out. Haha.

stublit - 33 days ago
I don't know what to do? We were talking online then as soon as I brought up the pump she quit talking. I've tried several more times then saw the pic of the moving van... Grrrrrr!!!!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 33 days ago
Kristen and ladybug- Yay, I'm not the only Texas girl on here! Ladybug my husband is a country boy/southern gentlemen through and through, but for some reason, just would not budge on getting snipped! So I'll definitely have to 'man' up on this one and get a permanent birth control procedure done haha. Kristen- I'm glad we've switched to BCBS then! And I hope at least one of those things works out for you and you produce breast milk. I hear pcos can make it hard :( I remember feeling like a failure with a mixture of relief when I gave up on breastfeeding last time. It was so hard for me! Stublit- oh I hear medela is just the best brand of pump, I'd be driving myself to that girl's house to pick it up! Lol

kadyrae1107 - 33 days ago
Stublit- at my last appt I was telling my doctor about my heartburn and how tums isn't helping much so he prescribed me Zantac and I freaking love it!!!! Today I actually didn't have to take any. I'm not sure if it's because its still in my system from yesterday or what. But it works quick and it lasts unlike tums that heartburn comes back within 20 minutes lol. And a bonus- I didn't have to pay a penny for it because he prescribed me it. They do have it OTC though!

stublit - 33 days ago
My insurance doesn't cover pumps. And get this, I loaned out my double Medela pump and the girl won't respond back to me. I am 2,000 miles from home. My mom said she'd bring it with her when she flies here which would be awesome! Except, the girl holding my pump hostage is moving to Kansas. She posted a pic of a moving van on her fb page so she's moving soon... I had cheap ones before getting a nice double electric and the quality doesn't even compare. I'm so mad.

stublit - 33 days ago
TLC- my doc told me to pick up OTC Pepcid or Zantac- I ended up with Zantac. It is amazing!!! I wish I had tried it months ago. I never thought about preventing my heartburn. I had just been eating tums as it struck!

tlc - 33 days ago
I just wanted to tell everyone that I've been taking prescription Pepcid for 1 week and it really is making a huge difference. Today I didn't use any Tums at all. A few times I needed to pop one or two (which doc said was ok), but it's really nice keeping it under control.

kristen27 - 33 days ago
Tnt, ladybug- I'm from texas too...Didn't see tnts comments about Texans though!! =)

kristen27 - 33 days ago
Tnt - I have BCBS and they do cover policy cover 2 a year!! I was reading your comments and I too had difficulty breastfeeding feeding my first and since my 2nd came 11 months later I didn't even try bc I was just so exhausted trying so hard with my first. I am also obsessed with breastfeeding feeding articles. I am so desperate to make it work this time..I have bought fenugreek and goats rue (since I also have pcos. .thinking maybe that's why I couldn't produce) for after baby is born. But I am taking alfalfa pills right's all natural but supposed to help with milk production.

ladybug85 - 33 days ago
tnt: nah, i just read that! i'm just hoping it'll be as easy as it was last time. i just read through all the other comments and saw yours about texas boys and their unmentionables...hahaha!! same reason i'm getting the tubal as well. good thing us texas girls can handle anything thrown our way!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 33 days ago
Yes my husband's company just promoted him so now we have Blue Cross Blue Shield, yay! Our other one was a cheaper, less known insurance company so I wasn't sure. Now I just hope BCBS will pay for labor and delivery, breast pump, and my tubal ligation afterwards! Ladybug-i guess I worded it weird, but that's exactly what I want to do! I'm glad to hear it worked for you before, gives me hope that my plans might actually become reality! I come from a family that is southern and old fashioned in the way they never breastfeed, so pumping would give the baby the nutrition he needs, and the freedom to be around my family without leaving the room to feed him lol

ladybug85 - 33 days ago
tnt: my insurance paid for my pump. its definitely worth checking into. i'm opposite though...i'll bf the first month or so and then go to exclusively pumping the rest of the year. that's what i did with my daughter and i found it to be easier for our situation.

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 33 days ago
I'm pretty grateful that my son will be starting school the month his little brother is born. It'll get me up and out of the house to drive him to school, and give me and the baby some alone time to bond while my other boy is in school. I'm in the middle of wanting the baby to get here RIGHT NOW and trying to get a few things done before he's born. Really, if the baby was born right now I'd probably be as unprepared as I would be in two months lol. I'm obsessed with breastfeeding articles, probably because breastfeeding my first baby was such a disaster! I hope this one is easier, but I'm almost leaning toward exclusively pumping after the first month. I think they say most insurances give you a free breast pump? Because that would be very awesome :-)

lil.pigz - 33 days ago
I have 7 weeks left to go and still havent got anything put together or set up either. Like tlc said, Im just not in a super hurry to have her here yet,lol. Kind of nice being able to sleep in somewhat:) Not that it occurs often with 6 other kids,lol. I startt my NST's once a week as of July7th. I have never had the tests done before in any of my previous pregnancies, not sure why they are doing them now, since I am having a c/s anyway but I am thankful for atleast they are keeping an eye on baby and her growth.

Baby ali - 33 days ago
tlc- this baby is my 3rd aswel I have two little girls life is busy as it is with two little ones and I no with 3 children under the age of 4 is going to be very busy for me am looking forward to this baby being born so I can be back to normal and have my body back to myself :0)

funtimemum80 - 33 days ago
I can't even think about time, I have less than 4 weeks before I'm full term and we have two very important bedrooms to decorate and overhaul, one of them is so my son finally leaves the cot into his own bed in his own room in order for me to set the crib up ect. From 37 weeks onwards I plan to be ready, bags backed and hopefully I can start watching orange is the new black in the comfort of my own self pity at being big and heavy and unable to move far

kadyrae1107 - 33 days ago
Babyali-my son is also felt all over! He's still breech. I see my doctor every Thursday but I'm not sure when he's going to do another ultrasound to see about him being breech. All he says is the baby isn't head down yet. In just a couple more days we'll be able say next month we'll have our babies!!!! :)

tlc - 34 days ago
This is my first pregnancy that I'm in no rush to see this baby. I'm enjoying the rest of my time sleeping late and getting done the things I actually can get done (with 2 young kids at home). It's going to get really hard. I also have so many things left to do. I just assembled the bassinet this weekend, but most of the baby room is not done at all.

Baby ali - 34 days ago
can feel the baby all over the place which means it isn't head down yet, hopefuly next few weeks it gets head down, my next midwife appointment is on the 24th July wen am almost 35 weeks, then might see her b4 I give birth

Baby ali - 34 days ago
can't wait till August seems far away

jackie87 - 35 days ago
Okay, it's not just me, haha. I agree some days are worse than others as far as urgency. Luckily my hemorrhoids haven't been sore or flaring, but it's annoying all the same. And yes, I get full quickly too, so it is just probably lack of room in the bowels/stomach. The joys of it all--worth it, but some days are a pain :P

tlc - 35 days ago
The bowel urgency also likes to hit when I just started a meal, which is frustrating because eating is so enjoyable when pregnant and the last place I want to be is in the bathroom when it's feeding time.

tlc - 35 days ago
Yes Jackie - I am so frustrated by having to poop at least 3 times a day because it requires me to do extra hemorrhoid care, and if I'm at the office or something I don't have all my stuff the hemorrhoids just get aggravated. I do have urgency sometimes, but not all the time. I think it's just because there is limited room in there. I feel your pain!

baby ali - 35 days ago
jackie- lol I have that symptom too need to go 3-4 times it's normal but yeah it's worring thinking if it happenes wen ur out and about or in someone's house aargh this pregnancy sure is one to remember for me

jackie87 - 36 days ago
(TMI warning) Has anyone had bowel issues? With both my girls, I had terrible constipation and hemorrhoid flares. With this one, I have bowel urgency sometimes up to 3 times a day, and it's like I need to go RIGHT NOW. I'm just not used to this. Luckily I've been at home every time the urge has begun, but it worries me that I could be anywhere and need to rush to a bathroom. I have issues with doing that in public places. On the other hand, I have to pee to excess as well. Good grief.

tlc - 36 days ago
Thanks everyone - I only vaguely recall being swollen like this before, but I thought I might have been confusing it with post-birth. Neither me or my husband want either one of us snipped, even though I'm 42 and we have no intention of more children. However, we want 3, and I'm too morbid in my thinking when I say something might happen to one of our children, and if it did and I was still able to conceive, we would probably try for another. I'm not sure I was always this morbid, but we almost lost our second when she came down with a flu bug at 9 days old. Can't turn back after that experience.

funtimemum80 - 36 days ago
Hello all, after coming back from our holiday I've been left wondering what week I am in, pretty sure it's 32 tomoz. Tlc I'm with you on the swollen parts, me and my husband had intercourse a few days back and it was so painful I cried, usually I get this in the last weeks but this time much earlier, we did a lot of climbing and walking and I have been very active, I swear at one stage my baby's head was in my bottom!! I couldn't sit, bend, walk right until she moved, I think all that hip movement allowed gravity to work all I can think is thank goodness she's still small enough to pop right back out! 8 more weeks in that position would have been awful, as for contraception after this one is born, I'm happy to even numbers out in a couple of years not ready to be sterilized or for my husband to get the snip, I'm one of those women who over think and would always wonder.....what if??

jackie87 - 36 days ago
Tlc, with my last pregnancy, I thought my uterus was protruding. I couldn't have sex, everything was so swollen, and totally painful. My doc checked it all out and she said it was basically congestion of the blood vessels. Luckily it got better and I haven't noticed it with this pregnancy. It didn't affect delivery or anything either. Stublit, glad to hear you are okay! So scary to fall. I feel very wobbly and am always concerned about losing my footing, on stairs or not. I agree also--I want to travel. We went on our first trip last August and had planned to take our girls this August. Instead we are having a baby, hahaha.

stublit - 36 days ago
I have no idea which way baby is but it feels like babe is doing somersaults. I've never worried about baby being head down because it's never been a problem for us. We still have months... Hopefully it goes quick.

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