With only a few weeks to go, the countdown has begun. If the superstitious side of you will not let you buy clothes, at least make sure that you have stocked up on diapers. With any luck, you will still have six weeks to go; bit it never hurts to be prepared. Enjoy the quiet with your husband as that bundle will have you up all odd hours of the day and night for a very long time to come.

What’s happening with you

week 34 of pregnancyThird trimester insomnia is perhaps the most common inconvenience of this stage. You may find yourself up at all odd hours of the night trying to find the perfect position because no matter how you lie down, there is always a part of you that feels unsupported. As a rule, surround yourself with pillows so you can wedge one under any part of you that feels imbalanced with your changing center of gravity.

Your perpetually full bladder doesn’t help you sleep either. Between the bathroom breaks and the discomfort during sleep, you are lucky if you get a few minutes of sleep before you hear your neighbor’s early morning pooja routine! The only comfort that can be offered to you at this time is the knowledge that almost every woman who has given birth has been through it, so don’t feel singled out; it’s all part of the process.

At this stage in the pregnancy, some women develop a condition called PUPPS or Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. This condition will have you seeing red bumps all over your body, especially your arms, shoulders accompanied by an itch which will have you running for the calamine bottle! Certain experts even believe that PUPPS is most often seen with boy babies and multiple births. So guess away!

What’s happening with your baby

With barely a few weeks to go, your baby’s lanugo or the soft downy hair is almost gone. The vernix, the waxy coating that covers your baby makes your baby look like she is covered in a layer of paneer! Most of this will be lost before the baby is born, but may still be seen in areas like the underarms and knee joints after birth. The baby’s immune system has also come a long way as antibodies are picked up from mom via the placenta; so don’t worry every time your neighbor’s perpetually runny-nosed 6 year old feels the need to pinch your baby’s cheeks!

This week your baby will measure about 17 ½ inches and just less than 5 pounds (2.26 kg), about the size of the first doll you owned – very soon you will be holding your very own, so lay back and enjoy the remaining weeks. You need all the rest you can get now.