As we have already mentioned in the previous post , in these last weeks of the pregnancy calendar is when the baby gains weight more quickly, making his body more rounded. It is accumulating the fat that it will need to regulate its body temperature when it is born.
In general terms, their organs continue to be perfected to function outside the womb, but let’s go to the description of how the baby grows week by week in this eighth month of gestation .
Week 33 of pregnancy
At week 33 of pregnancy, that is 31 weeks from conception, the baby measures about 45 centimeters at the heels, and weighs almost 2 kilos. You will surely notice that he makes increasingly vigorous movements as his muscle tone becomes stronger. Depending on the position in which it is placed, you can feel the kicks with greater intensity.
In addition to being able to hear sounds from inside the gut and those from outside with some interference, it is also capable of seeing blurred images inside the uterus. He opens and closes his eyes and has periods of sleep and wakefulness like any newborn. You may even experience REM or rapid eye movement sleep, which is the stage of sleep in which we have the most intense dreams. It would be very interesting to know what the baby in the tummy dreams about, it will surely evoke the sensations of his short life inside the womb.
Week 34 of pregnancy
At week 34 , the baby measures approximately 46 centimeters and weighs about 2,200 grams. His lungs are now almost fully formed and his bones have hardened but are still very flexible, including those in his head. His skull is not yet completely closed, which allows him to adapt more easily to the birth canal at the time of birth. For this reason, some babies are born with a cone-shaped or flattened head, but this is reversed within a few days of birth.
The yellowish substance that covers the baby’s skin called vernix caseosa becomes increasingly dense, which will also make it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. In turn, the lanugo, a fine layer of hair on his skin, begins to disappear. If he were born prematurely this week, the chances of survival are 99%, so he would surely get ahead without suffering any sequelae.
Week 35 of pregnancy
At week 35 , with a weight of 2,400 grams and 47 centimeters, his nervous system has almost completely matured, as well as fundamental organs such as the kidney and liver. From now on the little one will be mainly dedicated to gaining weight.
As we discussed last month, it is very likely that the baby has already assumed the position for birth. Most do it upside down. You may feel the pressure of the baby’s weight on your pubic bone. His movements are somewhat limited by the lack of space, but that does not mean that he moves less. On the contrary, you will notice more sudden movements.
At week 36 of pregnancy, just one month from the due date, the baby measures 48 centimeters and weighs about 2,700 grams. As we have mentioned before, lately he is gaining weight at an accelerated pace, increasing between 250 and 300 grams per week.
It swallows and digests the amniotic fluid in which it floats, as well as vernix and other secretions. This dark green or blackish substance is called meconium and will form your first stool.
Regarding preparations for childbirth. It is very likely that at this point you already have the bag ready to take to the hospital. If not, you should prepare it as soon as possible because from now on the baby could be born at any time. Make a list of things you should or want to do before giving birth and it is best to put work activities on hold to fully enjoy the last month of pregnancy.
It is a stage of discomfort for the mother caused by the weight of the gut added to fatigue, fluid retention, cramps and difficulties sleeping.
Week 36 of pregnancy
In the last month of your pregnancy calendar , the frequency of medical consultations will be weekly to carry out a more exhaustive control. The doctor will measure the thickness of the cervix and check if dilation has started by means of a vaginal touch. Women who have given birth before may be only a few centimeters dilated at this point. For its part, through fetal monitoring, the frequency of the baby’s heartbeat is also measured.
If you haven’t done so before, it’s time to talk to your doctor about your delivery care and your preferences regarding epidurals, episiotomy, birth position, etc.