How is my baby growing?
Your baby now is about the size of a watermelon, weighs about 2.38kg and the length is about 46cm. With this size, there is no space in the uterus for the baby to move. Therefore, the number of the kicks may decrease, but the kicks may be stronger.
Fat is being deposited all over your baby’s body, especially around the shoulders. If your baby is in a headfirst position, his or her head will rest on your pubic bone in preparation for labor.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
Your uterus, which was entirely protected by pelvis now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you would see that your baby takes more space than amniotic fluid in there now. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you’re not grappling with these annoyances, you’re one of the few lucky ones.
What should I be concerned about?
Have you ever wondered why babies always cry when entering this world? A baby’s first cry may happen in the womb and this is true. Researches show that babies may display their crying behaviors such as shaking their chins, opening their mouths, taking several irregular breaths before exhaling and settling back down again or startling in response to a low-decibel noise played on the mother’s abdomen. This response develops in the early stages even in premature babies, so it is not surprised that crying may happen in the womb long before the baby arrival in the delivery room.
What should I tell my doctor?
Though the date of delivery is coming, some babies develop regularly till the tenth month. If this is possible, your baby might want to stay in your uterus longer. Ask your doctor for preparation if you pass your due date. Obviously, it is better if your baby leaves the uterus as soon as possible without any promotion.
What tests should I know about?
You will spend more time in the doctor’s office in this month than ever. These tests will be more interesting: doctor will estimate your baby’s size and even predict the time of delivery. Doctor may give you variable tests based on your requirements and doctor’s style, they include:
- Weight (weight gain will stop or decrease in this time);
- Blood pressure (may be higher than the second trimester);
- Urine screen to check the levels of sugar and protein;
- Legs varicose, hands and feet swelling;
- Check the size of the uterus by testing the inside to see how thin it is and start to stretch;
- The height of the fundus (the top of the uterus);
- Fetal heart rate test;
- The size of the fetus, the direction of delivery (head first or bottom first), position ( face down or face up) through touching;
- List of questions you want to ask your doctor, especially what relates to labor and delivery, including the frequency and the lasting time of Braxton Hicks contractions, and pre-existing symptoms, especially abnormal symptoms.
Health & Safety
What should I know about staying healthy and safe during pregnancy?
Electric blanket using
Electric blanket is convenient and safe for you. You should make sure that the right temperature of the blanket is high enough to keep you warm but not too high to burn you or to raise your body temperature, which could be dangerous for your developing baby.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, you can lie on your back because the weight of the baby is not so heavy. However, in the second trimester of pregnancy, when your baby gets heavier, you have to choose another sleeping posture.
How will the baby’s growing in next week?
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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