Your baby this week
35 weeks pregnant

Survey says

Pregnant workout

In a poll, we asked our readers: "How physically active have you been with this pregnancy?" Here's how they voted:

Same as always: 46%
I'm a sloth: 38%
More than usual: 16%

Vote in other P&B polls here!


Russian names for baby boys

According to the Moscow News Weekly, the top ten Russian names for baby boys are (from 1 to 10): Alexander, Ivan, Maxim, Artyom, Mikhail, Nikita, Daniil, Yegor, Dmitry and Alexei.

Search for baby name meanings, top trends, celeb names and lots more right here!


In the know

Today, let's play "Know your Anesthesia"!

The first contestant is Nubain (nalbuphine hydrochloride) -- a synthetic narcotic analgesic sometimes prescribed as pain relief before your labor has reached an advanced stage. Given as in injection (though can also be administered intravenously), the drug helps "take the edge off" the pain without dulling all sensation. (Side note: 36% of women said that the drug made them feel sleepy.)

In labor

Since Nubain can also slow the baby's breathing, it should not be given close to the time of birth or if you are giving birth prematurely. (Read more about the safety of anesthesia here.) The effect of a single 10 mg dose lasts three to six hours.

Poll: What pain management technique do you want to try?


In real life

From Shelah's Week 36 entry in her pregnancy diary:

"Well, I didn't have my baby this week. I know that's a good thing, but I must admit that part of me was secretly hoping that my blood pressure would be up at my last visit and the doctor would decide to induce on the spot. I know it sounds awful to say that, and I wouldn't really want all of the worries that come with having a baby born before term, but I'm ready to get this show on the road! Actually, my blood pressure was up a bit, but not bad enough to put me on bed rest or induce."


Ideas & Inspiration

"In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Just for fun

What do the countries of Bulgaria and Niger have in commmon? Not a lot! In fact, they're at opposite ends of the birth rate spectrum. Here's a look at how many babies are being born in the world, from least to greatest.

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