Oops forgot to post my pregnancy progression photo - weeks 31-34.
Nice steady belly growth, but quite a difference between the first and fourth photo.
How far along: 34 weeks.
How big is baby: a cantaloupe.
What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs more than 2.2kg and is 45cm from top to toe. She's filling out and getting rounder – she’ll need her fat layers later to regulate her body temperature once she's born.
If you don't already talk to your baby, this is a good time to start – at 35 weeks her hearing is fully developed. Don't feel ridiculous if you're already chatting in baby talk. Some evidence shows that newborns pay closer attention to high-pitched tones.
If you've been nervous about going into premature labour, you'll be happy to know that 99 per cent of babies born at week 35 can survive outside the uterus (womb) – and most have no major problems. Although your baby's central nervous system is still maturing, her lungs are nearly fully developed by now.
Many women start to notice a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region or pain as they walk. This may be caused by the pelvic joints loosening, ready for labour. If you're in pain or hips are sore, mention it to your midwife or doctor and check out our self-help tips.
Total weight gain: 56.2kg, 600g more than last week (not surprised after the fantastic lunches at my course for work this past week!) and 9.4kg since the start of pregnancy.
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.
Sleep: Fairly good. I'm getting tired these days so either falling asleep on the sofa or falling into bed by 11pm after i've done a tiny bit of housework (too tired to keep up with the full lot).
Best moment of the week: Got our family photos back! Now for the hard part - to choose our favourites :)
Food cravings/aversions: None.
Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Starting to get tired by nighttime now.
Other: I have no linea nigra this time round. I don't remember at what point it started last pregnancy, and i don't seem to have noted it down. I am getting increased pigmentation on my face (freckles are quite evident now) and... ahem... areola, but not as strong as last time. So i think that i may actually skip it this pregnancy. We'll see in the next few weeks for sure.
Movement: Baby boy seems to have a thing for turning on Mondays! This time though (unlike last week) it's a good move - he seems to have turned from ROL to LOL (or LOP). Feet are now pushing either up between my ribs or to the right of my belly. I can also feel pushes inside my hips - hands i think. He stayed like that for two days, then turned to ROL. Friday he turned LOL, by Saturday he was ROL again, and back to LOL Sunday. He's having fun in there! Hopefully he picks a good LOA position soon and starts to engage, ready to be born.
What i'm looking forward to: a straightforward cephalic home birth!
What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.
Next appt: 16 October.
What else i've done this week: Contacted our doula and booked the first appointment with her. Need to make a lot of payments in the next two months.