Your baby is over 18 inches long and does not have much time to manoeuvre. He is not likely to be doing somersaults anymore in your womb because it is so snug in there although 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 and he will spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
Your uterus – which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived – now reaches up under your rib cage. A peek inside your womb shows that that there is more baby than amniotic fluid in there now.
Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, which is the reason you have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you are not dealing with these feelings, then you are one of the lucky few.
You are expected to start seeing your doctor every week from week 35 of your pregnancy. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, she'll do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacterium called group B streptococcum (GBS).
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 meningitis, pneumonia, or a blood infection. About 10 to 30 per cent of pregnant women have the bacteria and don't know it, it's vital to be screened.
Note: The bacteria come and go on their own – that's why you weren't screened earlier in pregnancy.
If you are a GBS carrier, you will get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby's risk of infection.