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By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of a jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in the womb. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. This may also be a good time to have a Baby Shower and celebrate with your friends and family. We have a lot of articles to help you plan the perfect baby shower. To cater to you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you became pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more frequently. You are able to obtain lower back pain as your pregnancy advances. Both hormonal and other factors may be contributing to this discomfort. You may feel some pain in your buttocks and thighs as well.