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A surfactant, which helps baby breathe after birth, coats the air sacks (alveoli) in the lungs.
The placenta, which feeds the baby and acts as a barrier between her and mom, continues to grow.
You might notice an increase in discharge as you get toward the end of your pregnancy. Nothing to worry about unless it smells or looks greenish. If so, contact your doctor or midwife.
34 wks LMP (32 wks gestation)
Mother's antibodies to disease begin flowing rapidly to baby through the placenta.
Baby begins to develop sleeping patterns. Don't worry, they aren't always going to be a night owl.
Babies born prematurely on or after this date have a good chance of survival with most of their organs functional. Read more about preemies.
Now is a good time to start perineal massage.
The rapid flow of blood through the umbilical cord keeps it taut, preventing tangles.
Do you get tired of people commenting on how "big" you're getting? With all the hormones, it's hard to ignore, but don't take it personally!
Your baby may have already turned to a head-down position in preparation for birth. He or she may be settling into the pelvis with his or her head pressing against your cervix.
35 wks LMP (33 wks gestation)
Do you have your bag packed? Your baby's? Don't forget to pack a few things for your labor partner, too!
Fetal movement starts to slow a bit as the uterus begins to get full with baby. If you suspect that baby isn't moving as often as he/she should, call your health care provider ASAP.
Things are getting cramped inside for the baby! Soon it's time to come on out and join us! Have you visited your birth group yet in our community?
Don't forget to get a car seat to bring baby home.
Some cultures have baby showers and others have parties for mom. It's best to wait until the baby is born to buy gifts. Please be sensitive when planning a surprise shower.
Rubbing cocoa-butter or vitamin E gel on your belly soothes itchiness and can help with stretch marks.
Lunar Month 10, 36 wks LMP (34 wks gestation)
You'll start to go to your prenatal visits once a week now. Keep doing those Kegel exercises! This will help strengthen your vaginal muscles to help in the birth porcess and it can help with bladder control.
This is a good time to purchase the necessary nursery items if you're ready.
If your baby hasn't already, this week your wee one may drop into the birth canal. While breathing for you becomes easier, walking may be the exact opposite! If this child is not your first baby, this "lightening" may not occur until right before labor.
Dad accentuate the positive. Remind your partner that she's beautiful and that you'll both make good partners and parents.
Baby grows over 1/2 ounce of fat/day now. Don't be surprised if you gain a pound a week at this point.
Breathing may become more difficult as the baby grows and gives your lungs less room to expand. You'll be able to breathe easier once baby drops down before birth.
37 wks LMP (35 wks gestation)
Personal Reflection: "When I went to my week 38 visit, and my ob/gyn announced, "you're considered full-term now," we knew it was just a matter of time..."
It's time to find a pediatrician. Referrals are a good way to find one you're comfortable with.
Baby settles in under mom's pelvis. This process is called "lightening" which makes breathing a little easier for mom. Baby's new position doesn't stop her from kicking and punching.
Take some special time with your partner or spouse now, before the baby comes. Veteran parents, get a sitter!
Planning on using cloth diapers? You can make your own, or contact a service.