Pregnancy: Weeks 29 to 32
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Your baby’s senses are fully developed by the eighth month of pregnancy, so you should expect a lot of movement. Learn more in our video on Pregnancy Weeks 29 to 32.
Transcript: By your eighth month, you're probably feeling your active baby's movements all the time ...and it's little...
By your eighth month, you're probably feeling your active baby's movements all the time ...and it's little wonder: all five of his or her senses are now responding to stimuli! At this point, your baby weights about four pounds and measures up to 19 inches long! He or she is also developing white fat deposits. White fat is the same kind of fat in your body. It smoothes out your baby's wrinkly skin and turn it opaque, while also serving as an energy source. No wonder your Energizer Bunny is doubling up on pokes, kicks, and jabs. Now is a good time to ensure that your baby is moving about as much as he or she should be. After a snack, lie down and keep track of your baby's movements for about an hour...you should feel your baby move at least ten times in the sixty minutes. Your baby is also making "headway" in the brain department. The formerly smooth brain will start to develop grooves this month, a sign that tissue mass is increasing. During the squirmy days of this month, your baby will typically settle into a head-down position in your uterus. This is partly for comfort and partly for birth preparation. So how is all this movement making YOU feel? Probably pretty worn out! During the eighth month of pregnancy, many of those unpleasant symptoms, like an increased need to urinate, tender breasts and fatigue, all return with a vengeance. You may also be experiencing bouts of heartburn. That's because your muscles are relaxed, causing digestive juices to splash up into your esophagus. Add your pushed up tummy to the mix and...OUCH! You can ease the pain of heartburn by eating smaller meals and avoiding triggers, like chocolaty, spicy, fatty, and acidic foods. Antacids can also help. If you're like 40 percent of pregnant women, you're also dealing with swollen, varicose veins this month. Increased blood volume during pregnancy is responsible for this hereditary condition. Gentle daily exercise, refraining from staying in one position for too long, and support stockings may all help to ease the discomfort of veins. An exciting change in your body this month is the start of Braxton Hicks contractions. These mild spasms in your uterus help your body to gear up for the big day and are a normal part of your pre-labor process. As you get closer to that due date, Braxton Hicks contractions may become stronger and last longer, even causing mild pain. Remember though, if the contractions don't go away, or if they become stronger and painful, you may be in REAL labor, so consult your doctor! You're on your last leg now, mom, and doing great! Your baby's five senses are ready to go and will soon see, feel, touch, taste, and smell you, from the outside, at last.More »
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Is it hard for you to go to sleep as you move into the last quarter of your pregnancy. Don’t worry, these symptoms are quite common in pregnancy weeks 33 to 36. Watch this video and learn more.
Transcript: You would do anything to get some sleep, but your little passenger isn't making that easy. Up to 70%...
You would do anything to get some sleep, but your little passenger isn't making that easy. Up to 70% of pregnant women experience third trimester insomnia. Now that you've reached month 9, you're probably ready to burst. By the end of week 36, your no-longer-little baby will weight about 6lbs and measure 20'' or more in length. Expect weight to continue to increase, but your baby doesn't have room to get much longer. These days, your fetus is acting more like a baby, closing his or her eyes while asleep and opening them while awake. Your baby has also finally developed his or her own immune system, a must for those upcoming days on the playground. And if your baby is a he, he'll reach an important milestone this month: his testicles should be dropping from abdomen to scrotum. Now that your baby's bodily systems are close to fully mature, he or she will focus on expansion, both in weight and in brain power. It's interesting that both the head that houses that brain and the bones that hold that weight are still quite soft. This is so your baby can push easily out of your birth canal. Thinking about that impending birth, not to mention dealing with heartburn, leg cramps, and a gigantic belly may be keeping you up at night. Third trimester insomnia is very common. Try to avoid exercise too close to bedtime. It can also help to enjoy a banana or glass of milk in the evening, because both contain sleep-enhancing hormones. Remember in the beginning of your pregnancy, when you couldn't stop going to the bathroom? You're probably experiencing the same need to urinate constantly once again. Because your baby's head is now pressing squarely against your bladder, this is very normal. One place you could use some extra moisture, is your eyes, as they may suddenly become dry and uncomfortable. You can blame those pregnancy hormones for this irritation which is due to a decrease in tear production. But take heart, the finish line is in sight and soon you'll be holding that little boy or girl in your arms.More »
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You're now approaching your due date and will be welcoming your baby very soon! Learn what to expect in pregnancy week 37 and later in this informative video.
Transcript: Youve reached your 37th week and that means your pregnancy is technically full-term. You could safely...
Youve reached your 37th week and that means your pregnancy is technically full-term. You could safely go into labor at any day, but some pregnancies may stretch out as long as 42 weeks. At this point your baby is probably between 20 and 21 inches long, and could weigh in at 6 and a half pounds or heavier. He or she is now gaining about half an ounce a day. Your babys systems are pretty much ready to go, so what is he or she doing all day? More practicing, of course! Your little one is simulating breathing, sucking on his or her thumb, blinking, and moving from side-to-side. While your baby gets ready to make his or her debut, youre getting ready, too! You may have noticed that your breasts have started to leak a yellowish fluid, which is called colostrum. Colostrum is a precursor to milk that will arrive during the end of your pregnancy or in the early days of your nursing. Not all women experience this leakage before delivery, but if you do, you can wear nursing pads in your bra. Youll continue having those practice Braxton Hicks contractions this month, but they are probably becoming more frequent and can be mildly painful. One of the first signs that your baby is ready is your bloody show. This is a mucous-y discharge that is tinged with blood. Your bloody show occurs when the blood vessels in your cervix rupture as it dilates and prepares for delivery. While youre pregnant, your cervix becomes blocked with mucous that prevents bacteria from getting to your baby. As your cervix starts loosening, this mucous is dislodged, and you may or may not notice the discharge. Another event that may occur is your water breaking. Less than 15 percent of pregnant women experience this prior to the onset of labor. But if it DOES happen, it may be a large push or just a trickle of fluid. What people call the water breaking, is actually the rupturing of the amniotic sac. The fluid is usually clear and means that your baby is DEFINTIELY on the way. You may be wondering if youll know when you go into labor, and the answer is yes! You will feel contractions as a rhythmic pain that often begins in your back and radiates in the front of your abdomen. Contractions tend to occur irregularly and far apart at first, and then become progressively stronger and more consistent. Whether its week 37 or week 42, your baby is really on the way. You can be proud of providing a wonderful environment for your little one to develop in. Congratulations, Mom!More »
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Calculating your due date is simple if you remember the date of your last period. Watch this video to find out how this date is important in the calculation.
Transcript: Congratulations-you're pregnant! But how will you know when to expect your bundle of joy? Once your pregnancy...
Congratulations-you're pregnant! But how will you know when to expect your bundle of joy? Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, what you most want to know is your due date. Luckily, calculating your baby's due date is pretty easy to do at home. The average length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, or 280 days, from the FIRST day of the LAST menstrual period, or LMP. Calculating the due date, or expected date of delivery, for a pregnancy is quite simple, then, if you know that date. Simply add nine months and seven days to the date, and you've got your pregnancy due date.Here's an example of how it works: say the first day of the last normal menstrual period was February 1st. Add seven days to that number, and you get February 8th. Add nine months, and you get November. The expected due date of that pregnancy, then, is November 8.Many factors play into determining the exact day you may have conceived. If your cycle length is irregular, you may not be able to use the first day of your last menstrual period as a marker. And similarly, if you have no idea when your last period was, don't worry!In these types of circumstances, your doctor will likely use an early ultrasound to measure the fetus' size and thus determine its gestational age. You may be wondering why you use your period, and not the day you CONCEIVED the baby, as a starting point. This is because it's rarely possible to gauge the PRECISE day that you got pregnant. After all, your ovulation schedule may be unpredictable, and sperm can live inside you for a few days. Remember, though, that your baby's estimated due date is just that-an estimate. In fact, only 5% of babies make their debut on the EXACT day predicted for their birth! So don't worry if your baby is born before or after that big X on your calendar.More »
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Do you want to find out how much your baby weighs during fetal development week 28? Think Chinese cabbage. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something...
Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something in common with your fetus this week! It's true: Your rapidly developing baby hits the two pound, two ounce mark this week, and weighs roughly the same as this little known cabbage. In addition, your little one measures 14.8 inches from head to heels, or ten inches from crown to rump. At your next pre-natal appointment, it's possible to tell, by palpating the belly, whether your baby is lying headfirst or feet-first in your womb. Babies who are in the breech-or feet-first-position have almost three months left to turn around-and most fetuses do. Some babies may remain in the breech position and may need to be delivered via c-section. In other news, your baby's eyes are open and blinking now. In fact, your baby may sense light filtering through your stomach. Plus, that little brain is ever expanding, developing billions of tiny neurons in preparation for life outside the womb. Want to know what will happen at the beginning of your sixth month? You know where to turn for next week's facts!More »
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In week 29 of pregnancy, moms need to up their calcium intake. Watch this video to find out why fetuses need more starting now.
Transcript: Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams...
Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams EVERY DAY! Calcium is deposited in your baby's ever hardening skeleton. This nutrient is so vital that your baby will leach calcium from YOUR bones if you don't meet calcium demands with your food intake! Foods like broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, whole sesame seeds, and dairy are good sources of this important nutrient. If you don't think you're getting enough in your diet, talk to your clinician about supplementation. All of this bone development should mean a continuous increase in kicks, jabs, and even little punches this week. If you notice a DECREASE in movement, however, your doctor will recommend counting your baby's movements. A healthy fetus should be moving at least ten times per hour. Your baby continues to grow during your 29th week, weighing in at a butternut squash's two and a half pounds, and measuring 15 inches from tip to toe. Additionally, those muscles, lungs and immune system continue to mature during this week. Want to know what's next on your baby's development schedule? Check back right here for your 30th week video update.More »
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Make sure you listen to some nice and soothing music during week 30 as your fetus can hear sounds. Find out what changes your baby goes through in this video.
Transcript: Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your...
Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your fetus looks like a real, chubby-cheeked baby! Your baby continues to put on layers of fat this week, which helps contribute to your baby's more human appearance. Your little one's still growing and weighs about three pounds at this point. Picture a head of cabbage and you'll get the idea! About a pint of amniotic fluid surrounds your baby now, although that amount will continue to decrease as your little one grows. Your baby is now quite aware of your internal surroundings. Your little one is now blinking and listening to sounds, in both his liquid environment and the exterior one that awaits him. In preparation for birth, your baby continues to practice breathing, swallowing and-by sucking on that thumb-nursing. Baby teeth are all fully formed under the gums and eyesight continues to develop. As such, premature babies born now have about a 9 in 10 chance of surviving and thriving. For more on your little one's continuing development, get your 31st week video update right here!More »
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During fetal development week 31, your baby is very busy….urinating into the amniotic fluid. See what else your baby is up to now!
Transcript: One of your baby's activities at 31 weeks? Releasing several cups of urine into his or her amniotic...
One of your baby's activities at 31 weeks? Releasing several cups of urine into his or her amniotic fluid each day. This may sound a little weird to you. After all, your little one also swallows amniotic fluid to MAKE that urine. But don't worry-your baby's liquid home is fully replaced several times a day. In fact, your doctor will measure your levels of amniotic fluid during routine ultrasounds. An excess of fluid, called polyhydramnios, may mean that your baby isn't swallowing properly, or that he or she is experiencing a gastrointestinal obstruction. Too little fluid, or oligohydramnios, meanwhile, could indicate a problem with the kidneys or urinary tract. Luckily, these conditions are fairly rare! In other baby news, your little one is preparing for a last major growth spurt before birth. This week, your baby measures 16 inches and weighs about 3.3 pounds, about weight of four navel oranges. Your little one is continuing to put on fat, the skin is becoming smoother, and he or she is probably kicking up a storm. If these acrobatic antics keep you up at night, take heart: An active baby is a healthy baby! This is also an opportunity to prepare yourself for your baby's natural rhythms. Check back in next week for your baby development video update.More »
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Want to find out what your baby looks like inside the womb during week 32? Check out this video for more information.
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As week 33 of fetal development approaches, your baby is aware of its surroundings through its limited eyesight. Watch this video for more information.
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Good thing are happening during fetal development - week 34, including your baby getting ready for delivery. Learn more about these last weeks of pregnancy.
Transcript: Good news for moms concerned about pre-term labor: Most babies born from here on out do just fine. In...
Good news for moms concerned about pre-term labor: Most babies born from here on out do just fine. In other happy news, your baby has likely turned head down, with the head against your pubic bone which is the most common presentation for delivery. Most 34-week-old fetuses measure about 18 inches and weigh five pounds or so. Picture a cantaloupe and you've got the idea. The layers of baby fat that your little one is putting on now will help regulate body temperature post-birth. If you peered into your uterus this week, you'd see that your baby's coating of lanugo, or warm fur, is almost completely gone. Meanwhile, the vernix on the skin is thicker. Vernix is a white, waxy substance, which protects your baby's skin and keeps it from looking like he just got out of the bath. Your baby's central nervous system and lungs continue to mature in preparation for birth, which is now just around the corner! To find out what happens next, check back for your weekly video update!More »
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In fetal development week 35, your baby is busy packing on the pounds! Find out how much your baby is going to put on by watching this video.
Transcript: Forget those somersaults-these days, your big baby barely has room to move in your crowded uterus! As...
Forget those somersaults-these days, your big baby barely has room to move in your crowded uterus! As a result of cramped quarters, you may notice that the fetal movements you can feel decrease slightly, although your little one is still probably kicking and squirming. By your 35th week, your baby has hit the five pound, five ounce mark and is about 18 inches long. Because delivery is so close now, most of your fetus's development is complete. In fact, the kidneys are fully functioning and making urine, and the liver can process some waste products. As a result, this week begins your fetus's most rapid, final bout of weight gain, probably putting on about eight to 12 ounces per week until birth! The fat deposits will be placed all over the body, especially around the shoulders. Want to know what comes next? Check back to find out what happens during your final month of pregnancy!More »
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