How is my baby growing?
Your baby now is about the size of a bunch of cabbage, the length is about 47cm from head to toe and weighs about 2.7kg.
Your “tiny cabbage” you saw earlier on ultrasounds has given way to an almost plump baby. Now, there is fat on your baby’s cheeks, and powerful sucking muscles also contribute to your baby’s full face.
The bones that make up your baby’s skull can move relatively to one another and overlap each other while your baby’s head is inside your pelvis. This phenomenon is called molding, and it helps the baby pass through the birth canal. Don’t worry if your baby arrives with a pointy or misshapen head. After a few hours or days, your baby’s head will be back to a rounded shape.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
As your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble in eating, even it’s just a normal-sized meal. Smaller and more frequent meals are often easier for you to handle at this point instead of three meals a day. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and feel easier in breathing when your baby starts to drop down into your pelvis. This process often happens a few weeks before the labor if this is your first baby. If used to give a birth before, it probably won’t happen before labor starts. If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you’ll find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they’re carrying a bowling ball between their legs.
You might also notice that your fake contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your doctor. As a general rule, if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and your fluid hasn’t broken, you probably have to wait until you’ve been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. You should go to the hospital immediately if you have those signs. You must call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby’s activity or think you’re leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.
What should I be concerned about?
By the end of pregnancy, most of pregnant women stop gaining weight. Your weight does not increase or even decrease in this time. Don’t worry! Your baby remains at the same weight.
In fact, remaining weight (or decrease) means that your body is ready for delivery. Amniotic fluid and the loosing of your intestine when labor can reduce your weight.
What should I tell my doctor?
Your doctor will tell you the symptoms of labor and you can go to the hospital or birth center on time (such as the distance of contractions is from five to seven minutes). Labors may not be regularly, if you are not sure that is real labor, you need to call your doctor. Your doctor will give you the answer through listening to your voice on the telephone.
What tests should I know about?
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 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?
Acupuncture is safe and effective during pregnancy. Studies have shown that acupuncture is very effective in reducing stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression.
Acupuncture is not a substitute for prenatal medical care. Instead, it offers complementary care that has many benefits. And because acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this alternative to drug therapy for a number of common pregnancy complaints.
You should not have sex during the third trimester if:
- You have a low-lying placenta (placenta previa). In this case, if the penis touches the cervix, it can damage afterbirth and cause bleeding for your baby;
- You have vaginal bleeding;
- Amniotic fluid break. Your baby will not be protected from infection;
- You have history of premature;
- You have cervical weakness.
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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