31 Weeks pregnant.

Hello everyone! Wow this week has gone fast. My son breaks up from school today for the summer holidays, I’m quite excited to have him at home for 6 weeks, I kind of miss having him home all day.

About baby this week:

Your baby weighs about 1.5kg and looks more than ever like a newborn. He measures about 41cm from crown to toe. His arms, legs and body continue to fill out – and they are finally proportional in size to his head.

Your baby can now move his head from side to side. Up until now, your baby’s movements have been gradually increasing. But from now until the end of your pregnancy, the movements will probably plateau. This doesn’t mean that they should slow down, but you may notice that the type of movements your baby makes change. As long as you can feel him squirming and kicking, you’ll know he’s just fine. Believe it or not, he still has plenty of growing to do. You can expect him to gain at least 900g before birth.

Your baby’s organs are continuing to mature and he is passing water from his bladder, which is good practice for the weeing he’ll do after he’s born. Also, the marrow in his bones has taken over from his liver the job of producing red blood cells.

You’ve probably gained weight this month, somewhere between 1.3kg and 1.8kg. Gaining 450g a week is quite normal during the last trimester as your baby has a final growth spurt before he arrives in the world.

You may feel a little breathless during these last few weeks before your baby’s birth. This happens because your uterus has grown so large it presses up against your diaphragm, the large flat muscle across your middle that helps you to breathe.

This breathlessness will continue until your baby drops down into your pelvis. This happens at about 36 weeks for first pregnancies and perhaps not until birth if you’re already a mum. If you’ve been exercising throughout your pregnancy, gentle exercise may help your breathlessness now.

However, if you haven’t been focusing on keeping fit, exercise may just make you feel more breathless.

Is your bump giving you back ache? Try not lift anything heavy, as it will put a strain on your softened ligaments.

It’s normal to experience hip pain as pregnancy progresses. In your pelvis, the ligaments may loosen so much that it affects the joint where your pelvic bones hold together. This loosening may result in symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which is very painful.

If you have SPD, rest regularly by sitting on a birth ball or by getting down on your hands and knees. This takes the weight of your baby off your pelvis and holds it in a stable position. Keep up with your pelvic floor exercises, too. Rest assured that having SPD shouldn’t cause you problems when you come to give birth.

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30 Weeks pregnant.

30 Weeks already? Crazy. I have brought a lot more for my hospital bags, and brought first few packs of nappies to try and stock up before baby is here. It is so hard to decide what brand of nappies to go with this time, because we actually found with our son that Pampers were rubbish for newborns, and Huggies were really good, but I am unsure, but I don’t think Huggies are available in the UK anymore?

If anyone in the UK has a recommendation for newborn nappies, please get in touch. I brought 3 packs of Asda’s little angels nappies, which were 3 packs for £10.00 and each pack has 70 in it.

About baby this week:

Your baby now measures a little more than 39cm from crown to toe. His growth in terms of his length will soon slow down but he will continue to gain weight until he’s born. He probably weighs about 1.3kg at this stage.

Your baby’s lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. He continues to open and shut his eyes. He can probably see what’s going on inside your uterus (womb), tell light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move his head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow.

Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But your baby won’t be able to see much when he’s born. Newborns can see a distance of only between 20cm and 30cm. Children with normal vision don’t reach 20/20 vision (the same as an adult) until the age of about eight. To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and can bat his eyelashes!

About a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as he gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and your baby continue to grow, don’t be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can’t get enough air. It’s just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. At about 34 weeks (or just before birth, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby’s head will move down into your pelvis as he gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.

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29 Weeks pregnant today.

One ore week until I am 30 weeks pregnant! This past week has flown by again, Since I am electing for a c-section, and will be having that I would have thought when I am 39 Weeks, I have (about) 10 weeks left until we meet little man.

I have started to buy/pack my hospital bag a little bit more now, just in case Mr man decides he wants to come early.

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs a little over 1kg and measures about 39cm from head to toe. On his head, hair is growing well. If you’re having a boy, his testicles will have descended from near the kidneys through the groin en route to the scrotum. If your baby is a girl, her clitoris is prominent, because it’s not yet covered by the still-small labia. These will grow to cover it in the last few weeks before birth.

Your baby’s head is getting bigger to make room for his developing brain. Nearly all babies react to sound and light by the end of this week.

Your baby’s nutritional needs reach their peak during the third trimester. You’ll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium (about 200mg is deposited in your baby’s skeleton every day), so eat foods rich in these nutrients. His skeleton hardens even more and his brain, muscles, and lungs are maturing all the time. 

As your bump gets bigger you may find it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Many mums-to-be find they have vivid dreams about their baby in the third trimester.

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28 Weeks pregnant today.

Hello everyone! So today marks the start of my third trimester. I can’t believe how fast my second trimester has gone. I have been having much more stronger movements from baby. To the point where you can actually see him poking his foot (I’m guessing it is his foot lol) at my belly.

I read to my son every night, so I think that baby will be enjoying listening to me reading, since he can now hear properly.

I have also got another scan today since I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I have to have more scans to check his growth, and to make sure that he isn’t growing too quickly. 

About baby this week:

Your baby weighs a little more than 1kg and may measure up to 38cm from top to toe. At about this time, he can open his eyes and turn his head in your uterus (womb) if he notices a continuous, bright light shining from the outside. He’s getting used to blinking his eyes, which now have eyelashes.

His fat layers are continuing to form and his bones are nearly developed, though they are still soft and pliable. His bones won’t harden properly until after he’s born.

You’re in the home stretch. The third trimester typically starts this week and lasts until the end of week 39 and sometimes even beyond. (Don’t worry – 42 weeks is the maximum! After that, a mum-to-be is usually is induced to give birth.) Most women gain an average of 5kg during this trimester.

You’re probably wavering between feeling as if you’ve been pregnant forever and being nervous about labour and birth. Checking off things on your to-do list can help. Start selecting possible baby names and begin thinking about life after your baby’s birth as well.

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26 Weeks pregnant.

Hello everyone! So today is the start of my 26th week, this last week has gone so quick, that it only seems like yesterday that I posted up about my 25th week. 

About baby this week:

Measuring your baby from top to toe with their legs extended, they are probably about 36cm. They weigh a little more than 760g. Your baby’s eyes begin to open around now. Their response to sound grows more consistent towards the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to their ears is complete. They may be able to hear you and your partner chatting. Your baby also continues to take small breaths, getting plenty of practice for when they’re born. It’s all preparation for when they takes that first gulp of air.

Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation. 

You’re nearing the home stretch, the third trimester. Your third trimester starts when you’ve completed 27 weeks of pregnancy. Before you know it, you’ll be cradling your baby in your arms.

Around this time, you may see a slight increase in your blood pressure, which is normal. One condition your midwife will be vigilant about from now on is pre-eclampsia. High blood pressure is associated with pre-eclampsia.

Your midwife will look out for protein in your urine, another sign of pre-eclampsia, when you have a routine antenatal check.

However, in the unlikely event pre-eclampsia is not picked up, the symptoms include severe headaches, blurred vision and swollen hands and feet. So call your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. 

If you have a swab to check for a vaginal infection during pregnancy such as thrush, the results may come back positive for group B streptococcus, too. This is a common infection which lots of women have without knowing about it and without it causing any harm, except in very rare circumstances.

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25 Weeks pregnant.

Hello everyone! So there is officially 15 weeks left until my due date. This pregnancy seems to be going so quick, my back is giving me so much grief, urgh! 

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs nearly 660g and is about 35cm long from crown to heel. He’s beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he’ll start to look more like a newborn. His senses are becoming more sophisticated, too.

Your baby’s beginning to make some breathing movements, though there’s no air in his lungs. His senses are developing fast. Around this stage, fetal brain scans show that babies respond to touch and light.

If you shine a light on your belly, your baby will turn his head, which shows that his optic nerve is working. 

You may feel the need to put your feet up a bit more often now. Even though tiredness may be making a comeback, try to stay active. Swimming is great exercise as your bump gets bigger. The water supports your weight and your stretching ligaments, and swimming gently and safely exercises your whole body.

Check out your local pool for aqua-natal classes. Joining a class is a great motivator and you’ll meet other mums-to-be as well.

Try not to do any exercise too close to bedtime, though. Being active in the evening can make it harder for you to wind down. Gentle stretches are fine, but getting on the exercise bike is more likely to wake you up!

Speaking of getting to sleep, your growing bump may be making it hard for you to get into a comfortable position. It’s recommended that you sleep on your side rather than your back from the second trimester. You could use pillows as wedges to support your bump in bed.

Your fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling achy and numb. The passageway, or carpal tunnel, in your wrist that carries your nerve and tendons to your hand is swollen, as are many other tissues in your body. The nerve that runs through the tunnel is pinched, creating pressure that causes shooting or burning pain. Wearing a brace may help. Talk to your midwife or doctor about other ways to cope. 

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24 Weeks pregnant.

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs more than 600g. She is starting to fill the space in your uterus (womb). From crown to heel she could measure 30cm. Though your baby still has little body fat and her skin is thin and fragile, she’s well-proportioned. Her brain is growing rapidly, tastebuds have fully developed, and her footprints and fingerprints are continuing to form. Inside her body, her lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree as well as cells that produce surfactant. This substance will help her air sacs inflate once she reaches the outside world.

They are very common at this stage of the pregnancy – about 90 per cent of women get them. After you’ve given birth, the reddish or brown pigmentation in the stretch marks gradually fades, and the streaks become lighter than the surrounding skin.

Also, your eyes may be light-sensitive and may feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy niggle known as dry eye syndrome. Try to rest your eyes as much as possible, and keep them clean with cotton wool and warm water.

A healthy diet is still important at this stage of pregnancy. (Which I haven’t been doing! OOPS!)

Your second trimester is a good time to think through your birth choices. Wherever you decide to give birth, choose a birth partner you can trust to support you through labour and birth.  ~ Me personally, I will be having my husband and mum in the delivery room.

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