Week 32 of Pregnancy
Your baby and your uterus are starting to get ready for their big debut. Your baby is practicing all the necessary activities to survive in the real world, breathing, swallowing, sucking and moving about. Your little one has also discovered soothing mechanisms, like sucking his/her thumb. This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its labor and delivery muscles - literally. If you feel your uterus bunching or hardening periodically, those are practice contractions, otherwise known as Braxton Hicks. These uterus aerobics feel like a tightening sensation that begins at the top of your uterus and then spreads downward, lasting from 15 to 30 seconds (though they can sometimes last two minutes or more). How do you know these contractions aren't the real thing? Most times they will stop if you change position (try getting up if you're lying down or walking if you've been sitting). Many women describe these as intense menstrual cramps. These can continue sporadically up until your labor day.
Week 33 of Pregnancy
Your baby's immune system gets a boost, while you could use a boost of energy yourself. Your baby is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week), and she could grow up to another full inch this week. With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out, which explains why some of her pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days. (There is less fluid to cushion the blows.) Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as she continues to develop her own fetal immune system, which will come in handy once she's outside the womb and fending off all of the new germs of the world. Your little one can also see and taste its liquid environment. All of their senses are firing away and maturing everyday!
With middle of the night bathroom runs, leg cramps, heartburn, and your watermelon-sized belly, it's no wonder sleep is elusive. Third-trimester insomnia strikes about three-quarters of pregnant women. But your body needs rest, so do your best to get comfy - before bed and when you get in it. Grab a pile of pillows, wedge them where you need to, and look on the bright side: Pregnancy insomnia is great training for those sleepless nights to come with your little one. Body pillows or pregnancy pillows are also a nice way to avoid the bulkiness of multiple pillows but still have the comfy fit around your body!
Week 34 of Pregnancy
So many things are happening to baby this week! No matter what color eyes your little one has later in life...they are officially baby blue for now! The iris pigmentation will change once exposed to light but for the time being, they are a beautiful blue. If you're carrying a bouncing baby boy, his testicles will drop this week. 3 - 4 % of boys are born with undescended testicles, this is nothing to worry about they usually make their way down under soon enough. As always talk to your baby's physician with any question or concerns you may have. Your baby now clocks in at around 5 pounds and growing every day. The same is happening with their tiny little finger nails, they have reached the tips of their fingers and they will be manicure ready at birth!
Your vision may be a bit blurry these days, not to worry it's another symptom of those pesky pregnancy hormones. Be sure to take your time when going down stairs and stepping over things just in case! Your vision may be off but your motherly instincts are just fine, and it is time to start recognizing the signs and symptoms of labor. Regular contractions, lower back pain, water rupturing, or a blood tinged discharge are all common signs to look for as labor day fast approaches. Some of these signs can show up days or maybe weeks before the actual D-Day so be sure to contact your physician with any questions or concerns you may have.
Week 35 of Pregnancy
A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder. Your baby is getting ready to head out. The vertex or 'head down' position is best for birthing because it pushes through the largest part of the baby first; the rest as they say 'is cake'. About 3-4% of babies born are not in the vertex position by week 35, but your little acrobat can flip several more time to get ready.
While your baby will not get much longer, they will keep packing on the pounds so be sure to watch what you eat and give your baby all the vitamins and nutrients they need for the big day!
Now that your little one is head down you will have bladder pressure like nobody's business! Every little cough, sneeze or laugh may mean a little leak...no worries this happens and can be avoided by emptying your bladder more often.
This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.