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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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fnouf - 4.4 hours ago
it is hard, was at hairdressers today and thought I was going to melt lol. My eldest was born Sept 4th so was pregnant all thru summer with her, my 18 month old has gone super clingy which doesn't help with the heat lol

Baby ali - 6.4 hours ago
it's beautiful weather in the uk we hardly get this lovely weather but it's another thing wen ur pregnant the heat gets to my head lol have to have fans on 24/7 or I get dizzy and I dnt go out the house as it makes me so weak and dizzy but hopefuly next year summer is like this and I can enjoy it to the full going out and proper enjoying the beach and so on, 2 years ago I had my daughter in the summer too I dnt like summer babies :0( too much to handle for me

fnouf - 8.3 hours ago
Ali, you know because it is a rhythmic bounce in your belly. This one gets them all the time, usually at bed time lol. Seem to be a few of us from UK this time round, last time everyone was from US and Australia :-) It is a tad warm, determined not to complain too much tho as I do like the sunshine ... Good nights sleep wouldn't go amiss tho lol. Was 35 weeks yesterday, see you there ladies xx

Baby ali - 3 days ago
how do u know when the baby has hiccups?

sarah6485 - 3 days ago
Anyone feel baby head pushing down and it kinda ouches ?

Baby ali - 3 days ago
just want this month to be over :0)

sarah6485 - 4 days ago
Yeh it is getting too much this heat ! I've just finished my baby stuff have everything now just need to pack a baby bag and hospital bag then I'm ready

Baby ali - 4 days ago
goting my maternity bag ready now, got everything for the baby apart from nappies, and I need to get supporting bras and pjs then bag is totally ready lol :0)

Baby ali - 5 days ago
34 weeks today, yeppyyyyyy lol :0)

Baby ali - 5 days ago
Sarah- I blame the weather lol too hot and bothered and little things seem to irritate me and makes me snap, can't help it. pregnancy is okay now but am very snappy and get annoyed easily

sarah6485 - 5 days ago
I'm definatly starting to feel irritated my pregnancy is fine and I feel good but past week Im Getting very hormonal and irritable with everyone and I keep snapping just wondering if anyone else is having this problem start. I've been so laid back all pregnancy so bit strange to be like this all of a sudden :-/

sarah6485 - 5 days ago
Fnouf this heat is unbearable :-/ actually feel like I can't breath it's sooooo humid

tlc - 5 days ago
In the early morning hours I kept dreaming that I was gasping for air. I get the feeling I was. I think baby is pushing on my diaphragm.

fnouf - 5 days ago
sorry for making everyone feel sleepy :-) So happy, have finished work now. Hottest day of the year so far, hitting over 30 today which for the UK is almost unheard of. How are all you ladies?

tlc - 6 days ago
Feeling fatigue today. This isn't good :-(. Had my 34 week appointment today. So excited that the next one will be an internal exam! Now we're getting somewhere!!!

baby ali - 6 days ago
the hot weather is killing me feel dizzy all the time

baby ali - 6 days ago
kristen- same here they r hard work and they drain my energy constantly need attention :0/

kristen27 - 7 days ago
I am EXTREMELY tired ALL the time! Taking care of 2 toddlers all day makes me more exhausted!

baby ali - 7 days ago
I bought few clothes for the baby today including the outfit he will wear on the day we come home from hospital :0) sooo exciting now lol every time I look at the clothes I think OMG how small! lol I can't imagine having a new born baby in the house :0) hoping weeks go quicker

tlc - 7 days ago
I was feeling fine when I read all your comments about fatigue. However, 6pm came and I'm now falling on my face enough to have a cup of real coffee to get through my work/putting kids to bed this evening! I know what you mean though. I especially remember a 2 week period with my first where I needed to nap all day long.

kadyrae1107 - 7 days ago
Yes I have noooo energy either!!! I'm always so tired I can just close my eyes and pass out within minutes!! But I obviously can't do that with a two year old at home lol. Thankfully when hubby gets home from work he'll actually tell me to go lay down in bed and take a nap or rest and have some time to myself. He's such a sweet heart! He works outside in the heat all day and then comes home and helps me with Kennadie, does the dishes, will give her a beth and laundry. I love him so much and I have no idea what I would do without him! I would be a total mess and have big ol bags under my eyes (worse than what they are now lol) buy I'm very thankful for his help. I just have absolutely no energy. I have to drag myself to get ready and go to work!!

fnouf - 7 days ago
I love drinking decaff coffee :-) could really do with more caffeine tho. I've never been this tired, feel totally drained, sure I could sleep all day. I actually feel like crying I am so exhausted. Is anyone else feeling extremely tired?

kristen27 - 7 days ago
Tlc I just had some decaffeinated coffee today. Oh how I miss coffee! Lol I had it with chocolate mocha delish!!

kristen27 - 7 days ago
Makes me feel better that this is happening to other people bc I am terrified of going into labor early. I had my daughter 4 weeks early and I don't want to have another early baby

tlc - 7 days ago
Perhaps my BH are not painful because I am staying hydrated. I drink iced decaf coffee all day long. I'm obsessed with it.

fnouf - 8 days ago
I get the odd bh, usually after I stand up after sitting for a while. Got a lot more in my last pregnancy, was told to drink more, that seems to help, certainly gets rid of the more painful ones x

kadyrae1107 - 8 days ago
Yes I get BH all the time!! Its all day long now! Few weeks ago it was maybe only once or twice a day but I always feel them! Sometimes they're uncomfortable but not painful! I've never felt a contraction before even though this is my second pregnancy so I'm not sure what its like lol. I got induced last pregnancy because of the SPD so painful and when I asked my doctor when would I be able yo get the epi he said whenever you want. So I got it before I even felt ANYTHING at all!!

Baby ali - 8 days ago
kristen- I get the painful ones and uncomfortable ones during the day. it's normal nothing to worry about, time is getting closer now so it's all good :0)

tlc - 8 days ago
Oh - I wouldn't say they are painful for me. Some give me the subjective feeling that I can't breathe, but I clearly can right through them.

tlc - 8 days ago
Kristen - yes - I get BH all the time, all day. It especially occurs as soon as I stand up from a chair for some reason, but other times as well.

kristen27 - 8 days ago
Does anyone else get Braxton hicks multiple times daily..Some painful...had them basically all afternoon yesterday. .not as many today but still a lot

lil.pigz - 8 days ago
I am so sick of being sick,lol. How in the HELL do you get a cold in the middle of July??! I have been coughing like crazy to the point I am scared to death I am going to cause a uterine rupture of my previous c/section scar!

tlc - 8 days ago
kady - I'll still post here. Just nothing exciting today!

fnouf - 8 days ago
34 weeks today, apart from feeling a little sleepy ... Well a lot sleepy lol all is good with me. Hope all is good with you ladies too :-) I posted in 33 weeks the other day. I used this site a lot with my last pregnancy but haven't got round to commenting much this time round as joined the Facebook group instead. gotta say tho, really miss chatting with ladies who are at the same point as me.

funtimemum80 - 8 days ago
And!!! I can no longer eat a good dinner, there is no more room, no more appetite, so it's fluids and light snacks like fruit... How boring!!

funtimemum80 - 8 days ago
Il still be on here, my Facebook is for friends and family, on here it's nice just to focus on the pregnancy. Today I'm tired.... It's finally got to me! My legs and feet hurt and for some reason I keep bursting into tears, yes.... I'm feeling sorry for myself. I can handle loosing my figure, being unable to bend, lift, drink alcohol, disco dance on tables but once I loose my energy I'm a bubbling mess

kadyrae1107 - 9 days ago
I have a feeling there's not going to be many posts in our week now because we're all chit chatting on Facebook :)

tlc - 9 days ago
I only had swelling AFTER my one vaginal birth. Don't recall any after my C sxn.

Baby ali - 9 days ago
anyone had membrane sweep??? how was the experience and was labour natural????????????

kadyrae1107 - 9 days ago
TLC I friend requested you! Kristen- I can't find you! Look me up as Kady Are Pittsburgh Pa my profile pic is of my daughter. The picture is kind of dark

kristen27 - 9 days ago
This is my 3rd pregnancy and I've gotten swollen with every of my pregnancies. Only a little swollen with this one when I was on vacation but not so bad now. I think the heat does it

kadyrae1107 - 10 days ago
Omg! My ankles and feet look like hospital gloves blown up!!!!! Literally lol. I think the heat is making it worse! Does anyone else have swollen ankles/feet like me?!? Lol

kadyrae1107 - 10 days ago
So I got Kennadie's new big girl bed put together! It looks so cute!! She freaked out when she seen it! She loves it. So I'm glad that's one more thing crossed off my veryyyy long to-do list. Just this week I got about 70% of the things that needed to be done crossed off!!!! I'm feeling pretty good now and not so stressed out!

kristen27 - 10 days ago
Kadyrae- I private messaged you too

Baby ali - 10 days ago
oh god being induced sounds horrible I can't handle that long contractions and the intense pain, I really dnt want to be induced anymore :0( will find out what doctors have to say to me on the 30th July if they r going to induce me or not, hope to god they dnt :0(

tlc - 10 days ago
Kady - I will private message you. Go to your profile page on this site - the link is at the top in the blue 'I am Pregnant' bar - it says 'to your profile.' Then scroll down for your messages. I searched for you on FB but I don't think the profiles that came up are yours.

kadyrae1107 - 10 days ago
TLC how do I private message you? Look me up as Kady Rae- Pittsburgh pa

stublit - 10 days ago
baby ali- when you're induced the contraction just doesn't stop. There's no minutes in between, etc. And it's crazy intense. It doesn't build over time. It's like your strongest contraction for 12 hours.

stublit - 10 days ago
Tlc I almost deleted the request! Lol. I got the request and was like why would someone in NY with no friends in common want to be my friend! Lol

tlc - 10 days ago
Jackie, Stublit & Kristen - you should have gotten FB requests from me....

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