My Pregnancy This Week_35

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 Picture of your developing baby

Hello, Allyson!

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 pounds plus. Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

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Your expanding uterus, plus why pregnant women waddle
 

Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you’d see that there’s more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you’re not grappling with these annoyances, you’re one of the lucky few.From here on out, you’ll start seeing your practitioner every week. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, she’ll do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). (Don’t worry — the swab is the size of a regular cotton swab, and it won’t hurt at all.) GBS is usually harmless in adults, but if you have it and pass it on to your baby during birth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Because 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women have the bacteria and don’t know it, it’s vital to be screened. (The bacteria come and go on their own — that’s why you weren’t screened earlier in pregnancy.) If you’re a GBS carrier, you’ll get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby’s risk of infection.

Why do I feel like I’m waddling?As you get closer to your due date, the cartilage and ligaments that join your pelvic bones increasingly soften and relax, causing an expansion that allows your baby to pass through the birth canal more easily. These changes cause some pregnant women to waddle, says Carolyn Sampselle, a professor of nursing at the University of Michigan. Lightening, when your baby descends lower into your pelvis prior to birth, can also cause the telltale waddle. Some women experience lightening several weeks before their babies arrive.

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