Your baby is now fully developed and its body is correctly proportioned. He or she has become stronger and you can feel the movements even more than before. The skin is lightly pigmented. The pupils are now well developed and can dilate and detect light so he or she knows the difference between night and day. Some people think the baby’s eyes can even focus. Your baby can recognise your and your partner’s voices. Illustration by Karoline Lenhult
Has the navel turned outwards? You may start to feel sore under your ribcage, especially when you breathe. This is because your womb is getting really big. During pregnancy the weight of your womb increases at least tenfold and the volume at least fiftyfold. You still gain weight, about a half a kilo per week. OK, this is week 34 and "just" six weeks are left. But this can seem an infinity when you are waiting and longing to have your body back. One wonders sometimes whether the women who say "Now it's just six weeks left" were ever pregnant… Don’t forget to do pelvic floor exercises! It will be beneficial for your healing and for building up your muscles again.
Sleeping soundly may be difficult for you now and later on into the pregnancy. Try the following:
• Be boring - go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
• Don’t drink too much fluid at night. Slow down after 6pm so you don’t have to get up to go the toilet all night long. The key here is not to interrupt your sleep.
• Avoid caffeine after late afternoon.
• Get regular exercise.
• If you experience heartburn at night, sleep propped up.
• Try lying on your side. Prop up with pillows between your legs and at your back.