How is my baby growing?
Your baby is about the size of a cauliflower. If your baby is healthy now, the weight is about 900g and the length is about 36.8 centimeters.
By this first week of the third trimester, your baby looks similar to his or her look at birth. Athough baby’s lungs, liver, and immune system still need time to fully mature, if the baby is born now, he or she would have a good chance of surviving.
As hearing continues to develop, your baby may start to recognize parents’ voice. Baby’s ears are still covered with the thick waxy coating. That will protect the skin from becoming chapped by the amniotic fluid. So sounds your baby hears may be muffled.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
Your body instinctively nourishes and protects your baby during pregnancy. But caring for a newborn is a skill you have to learn.So you should consider signing up for childbirth classes through your local community center or hospital. At these places, you could learn about topics such as labor, options for pain relief. You also learn more about common newborn problems, breastfeeding, formula feeding, and infant CPR. You should learn all you can about birth and babies. These infomation will help you feel more confident, especially if you’re a first-time mom.
What should I be concerned about?
From the mid to the end of pregnancy, your baby becomes stable at a suitable position for delivery. To do that, however, baby’s head and the weight of expanding uterus must lie stably on the sciatic nerves of your lower backbone. So sciatica can cause pain, itching, butt or back cramps and spread to your legs. The tips for moving your baby out of your nerves and reduce sciatica include:
- Sitting: Resting your legs helps reduce the pains of legs, back and sciatica. Lying down also reduces this pressure as long as you figure out the best position.
- Warming: Putting a heat patches on can relieve the pain. Soaking your body in warm water has the same effect.
- Exercising: Inclining your pelvic or doing some stretching movements can reduce the pressure;
- Swimming: Swimming and underwater exercising are good choices if you have hip pain. Swimming helps stretch and increase back muscles and it also support for pain relief.
- Others methods: therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic or massage can reduce your sciatica. They should be done by a trained specialist.
What should I tell my doctor?
At this time, the possibility of having a premature delivery is quite low. But it is better for you to know the symptoms of premature birth. These symptoms include:
- Menstrual-like cramping with diarrhea, nausea or indigestion;
- Contractions every 10 minutes (or sooner) and do not decrease when changing position;
- Consecutive low back pain or the change of low back pain;
- Change in the type of discharge if it becomes watery, or bloody;
- Pain or pressure in pelvis, thighs or groin;
- Vaginal discharge leaking
In fact, women with symptoms of premature usually not give premature birth. Doctor is the one who understand this the most so you should call your doctor to be sure the safety.
What tests should I know about?
Several new tests are done in this month. When you are in the trimester, doctor may give you various tests. They are based on your requirements and doctor’s style, they include:
- Weigh and blood pressure test;
- Urine screen to check the levels of sugar and protein;
- Fetal heart rate test;
- Check the size of uterus by touching the outside to see how it related to the delivery;
- The height of the fundus (the top of the uterus);
- Legs varicose, hands and feet swelling;
- Glucose screening;
- Blood test for anaemia;
- Inoculations against diphtheria;
- Pre-existing symptoms, especially abnormal symptoms;
List of questions you want to ask your doctor.
Health & Safety
What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?
Not enough research has been done to determine whether electrolysis is safe during pregnancy. Electrolysis has been around for over 100 years. There haven’t been any reported cases of harmful effects related to pregnancy. The risks may be low if you’ve had excess facial hair for some time and want to get rid of it during your pregnancy.
You really want to apply acrylic nails. But it’s easy to develop an allergy, a fungal or bacterial infection in or around your nails. These are hidden problems that you may face if you have acrylic nails in pregnancy. It may not affect directly to your baby, it is better to wait until delivery to apply this beauty method.
How will the baby’s growing in next week?
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: November 2, 2018
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