How is my baby growing?
Your baby now is about the size of a jicama. He or she takes up a lot of space in the uterus, weighs about 1.7kg and the length is about 42.5cm from head to heel. He or she can survive outside the womb if you give birth at this time.
The final touches are being placed on your baby body. Eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair on your baby’s head are apparent. The lanugo hair that has covered your baby since the beginning of the sixth month is falling off, although some may remain on the shoulders and back at birth.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got 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 often.
You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your doctor know right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.
Assuming that it is not because of preterm labor, the reasons are probably your growing uterus and the hormonal changes to your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.
What should I be concerned about?
The risk of premature labor might arrive at this time. Signs and symptoms of premature labor include:
- Contractions may not hurt, but the feeling is like tightening in the belly.
- Contractions coupled with back pain or the feeling of pressure in the pelvis or thighs.
- Changes in vaginal discharge: spotting or bleeding, discharge, fluids leak from vagina or thicken and bloodstained discharge.
If you have more than six contractions in one hour and each lasts at least forty five seconds, contact your doctor or go to the hospital even when the contractions do not hurt. This is important if you have vaginal bleeding or belly cramps.
What should I tell my doctor?
Ask your doctor, friends, neighbors, colleagues or people who have babies to find a trustworthy pediatrician. It is an important decision to be parents before the delivery. Pay attention to details as small as breathless can sometimes be a symptom of low iron, so go to your doctor to check this.
What tests should I know about?
After week 32, doctor will ask you to test twice a week to monitor the progress of you and your baby. Doctor may give you variable tests 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 the 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 anemia;
- 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?
If you want to do yoga during pregnancy, it can be an ideal way if you take some certain precautions. Yoga helps you learn to breathe deeply and relax, which will come in handy as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Yoga can relieve your body and soul, eliviate with physical stress and emotions during pregnancy. Attending a yoga class is a best way to meet other pregnant women and help each other.
Toenail fungus treatment
If you get toenail fungus, it is better to stick with topical antifungal creams. They’re fine to use throughout pregnancy, because not enough of the drug enters your bloodstream to cause a problem.
How will the baby’s growing in next week?
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: October 26, 2018
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