Pregnancy Weeks 34 to 36
You’re at the halfway mark of Trimester 3 now, and you may be feeling anxious or maybe even a little impatient to meet your baby. Remember that there are only a few weeks left to go, so hang in there!
This week, your baby is slightly bigger than a rock melon and will still be busy putting on weight. Do take note that this is just an estimate and it is completely normal if your baby is not this size — every baby is different! Your baby’s organs are also largely mature now, except for the lungs, which will continue developing until Week 36.
You’ll be relieved to know that if your baby is born now, the chances of survival are excellent even though the baby will still need to be monitored and given extra care. However, it is still best for your baby to remain in your womb for the time being as the baby can build a strong immunity system thanks to the antibodies in your body.
Your baby is now the size of a honeydew melon and may have chubby arms and legs, as he or she continues to gain weight in preparation for life outside the womb. These layers of fat not only make babies look cute, but also help to keep them warm. You may also notice that your baby is now responding to sound or light with better coordinated movements than the previous weeks.
You may feel as if it is not possible for your bump to get any bigger, but yes, it is still growing! Your bump, along with the loosening of your joints, may leave you finding it harder to balance yourself than before. Do be more careful when you are out and about, and avoid walking on slippery or uneven surfaces.
Just about a month left to go! Your baby is about the size of a head of romaine lettuce and will focus on putting on weight from now until birth as the organs are fully formed. It is starting to get crowded in your womb as your baby continues growing and filling up space, so his or her movements may not feel as forceful as they used to.
This week, you will have to undergo the Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria screening. About 10% to 30% of pregnant women carry the GBS bacteria in the vagina or rectal area, and may pass on the bacteria to their babies when giving birth. While the GBS bacteria is generally harmless in adults, babies may become infected, leading to serious consequences.
Don’t worry if you test positive though — GBS can be treated with antibiotics during labour, reducing your baby’s chance of becoming infected to 1 in 4,000 (from 1 or 2 in 200 if you do not undergo treatment).