How far along: 35 weeks.
How big is baby: a honeydew melon (yep, we've definitely moved into melon comparison territory now... just wait for the watermelon!)
What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 2.4kg and measures around 46cm from head to toe. His elbows, feet or head may protrude from your stomach when he stretches and squirms about. Soon, as the wall of your uterus (womb) and your belly stretch thinner and let in more light, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles.
This week, your little one is sporting full-length fingernails and toenails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys. His liver can also process some waste products.
There's much less amniotic fluid and much more baby in your uterus. You've probably put on between 11kg and 13.6kg and your weight gain has hit its peak. Even your belly button has got bigger and has popped outward. You may be feeling breathless and get indigestion now that the top of your uterus is up under your ribs.
Try getting down on all fours to take deeper breaths. See our photo gallery for how to ease late pregnancy aches. Although the pressure on your bladder will make the bathroom your second home, don't drink any less water – your baby needs the fluids. But you may like to cut down on drinks that make you wee more frequently, because they are diuretics. These include tea and coffee.
Total weight gain: 56.6kg, 400g more than last week and 9.8kg since the start of pregnancy.
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity or very stretchy clothes.
Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier. I don't feel tired at night but feeling it midway through the work day, which is not great.
Best moment of the week:
Food cravings/aversions: None.
Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.
Other: Met with my doula on Thursday. She tried to get my preferences for the birth written down and we very quickly realised I hadn't thought much beyond encouraging baby into a good position! So I now have a lot of homework before our next appointment, to try to get more into my birth space. Things like music during the birth, snacks to have on hand, active birthing techniques and positions, hypnobirthing techniques, homeopathics/essential oils etc.
She also brought up an issue that's been playing on my mind since - what do we do if our toddler is disturbed/bored by the labour and birth and it's a weekend day? We have no-one to look after him here, my parents are 3 hours away. He is a fairly easy-going boy and doesn't get scared easily by loud noises, so I'm not so worried about that. If anything I could tell him Mummy has to roar like a tiger to bring baby into the world, he'd probably join in for a while. My concern is more that I am so used to responding to him when he needs me that I will be distracted to the point where labour slows or stops entirely. Then again - is that really a big problem? Labour generally picks up again at night, and from reading stories of births where there's already children, it tends to slow/stop during the day and picks up as soon as the kids are in bed. Of course if I go into labour at night or during the week this won't be a problem - he sleeps well and is in daycare full time.
Hubby's a bit worried that he'll go to pick our toddler up from daycare and I'll push out a baby while he's gone! Reassured him that it was most likely that my body would slow down the labour until he'd returned.
Movement: Head down! He turned LOL (left occiput lateral/transverse) on Saturday night just before I turned 34 weeks, and had stayed that way until the night before my midwife appointment on Thursday, where he turned ROP (right occiput posterior). He was then LOP today and has turned to direct OP this evening. Obviously heaps of room to move, hopefully he soon picks a good position to be born in and settles in.
What i'm looking forward to: a straightforward cephalic birth!
What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.
Next appt: 29 October.
What else i've done this week: