Hello mummies, hope your pregnancy and baby preparations are going good. I know you are counting days now for the birth of your baby, well, you are nearly there and soon your little baby will be with you. So, let’s have a look on “baby development week by week” from Week 31 to 35, though the fetal development is completed but still there are some more maturation and strengthening needed for your baby. So, let’s see what’s happening inside the womb…
Week 31: Your baby is getting more and more developed and strong day by day. He/she has already developed a scheduled pattern and REM sleep. Your baby’s lungs are getting more and more mature and strong by the passing time. Your baby’s brain is also getting mature and is able to store memories and learn consciousness.
Your baby is now able to hear and differentiate between different sounds as well as all five senses are now developed. Your baby has occupied most of the room inside your womb but still kicks, punches and do other movements with a lot more strength. Your baby might have taken its final position i.e., head down position but some babies do get their head down position later during 9th month.
Week 32: Your baby is still practicing breathing movements by taking in amniotic fluid. Bones and muscles getting more strong and dense. Your baby sleeps most of the time and see dreams as well. Because of more surfactant, alveoli (air sacs) in lungs are getting more strength. Your baby can recognize specific sounds and music.
If you play the same music to your baby after they are born, that you used to play during pregnancy, you will be astonished to see that your baby calms down by hearing that same music or sound as they can remember what they used to hear. Your baby’s immune system is getting stronger as well as he/she can produce their own blood cells.
Week 33: Your baby’s finger nails and toe nails are fully formed and developed. Your baby is practicing breathing, eye blinking and kicks and punches. Brain is still developing to the final touches, bones are becoming more stronger and denser as he/she has started to store calcium, phosphorus, iron and other minerals.
Your baby’s skin is getting less and less wrinkly due to the formation of under-skin fat cells. Your baby’s eyes are closed while sleeping but they open their eyes when awake.
Your baby weighs around 4lbs and 17 inches long approx….
Week 34: Vernix Caseosa is still covering your baby’s skin, providing him/her warmth. It will shed off before birth but some babies do born with some traces of that waxy substance. Your baby’s bones especially head bones are thickening but remain unfused until birth and will fuse completely when your baby is few months old.
Your baby is still busy making different face expressions like crying, smiling and other expressions. Your baby’s movements are getting restricted and they are growing and have lesser room inside the womb to wiggle around.
Your baby is about 17.72 inches long and weighs 4.73 pounds approx…
Week 35: At this point of time, almost all development is done and babies just need to grow and get stronger and gain some more weight until birth. Your baby is not performing a lot of gym activities like kicking and punching now because of the restricted room inside the womb.
CHANGES IN THE MOTHER’S BODY:
Your bump is getting bigger and bigger and you might be feeling Braxton Hicks contractions i.e., the painless contraction we feel. Some mothers started to feel these at 27 weeks and some later in 8th month. These painless tightenings are actually making your uterus ready for much stronger contractions when your labour starts. But if these contractions are getting painful even a little bit then you should go and see your midwife or doctor to rule out the early progress of labour.
Keep yourself well hydrated and very well fed as you need nutrition not only for you but for your baby as well, not only this you also need a lot of strength for labour also. So, do eat good food and drink more fluids (avoid caffeinated and fizzy drinks).
Keep your self socialized, go out to spa and just have a full relaxing body and feet massage at Spa or at home with your favorite essential oil (after taking advice from your health expert), have a relaxing bath, try to do whatever makes you relax and happy because at this stage of pregnancy, mum faces a lot of troubles too like trouble in sleeping, changing positions, lying, sitting, swollen legs and what not. So, it is really vital for the mother to be happy and relaxed.
Don’t forget to ask your midwife about antenatal classes near your area. If there are antenatal/birth preparation classes available, then go with your partner to attend, as he needs to know as well that how he can be helpful to you during tough labour and afterwards.
Apart from all above, it’s time to finalize baby shopping https://kiddieversity.com/newborn-baby-checklist/,packing hospital bag https://kiddieversity.com/what-to-pack-in-the-hospital-bag/. Well, the time is very near now for you to give birth and enjoy a blissful life with your little one. I wish your all the very best for your safe labour and healthy baby ahead.