Baby weighs about 875 g. His or her foot length is about 2 cm, the chin is rounder. Body proportions are now similar to those of a newborn, while the skin is still wrinkled. Baby’s brain is very active and he or she is sleeping at regular intervals. He or she can now blink eyes. Baby’s hearing is also much better now. Although he or she hears the sounds a bit muffled, because his or her ears are covered with the same vernix covering the whole body, he or she, however, distinguishes your voice from other sounds. At birth, the child may recognize the voices of you and your partner. While hearing the familiar sounds, the baby calms down. The pulmonary surfactant, formed in the lungs, ensures their opening and normal respiratory functions at birth.
The second trimester is over and the last, third trimester begins immediately. You may feel short of breath, because the enlarging uterus takes up more space, resulting in pressure against your diaphragm. It does, however, not threaten you and your baby — you both get enough oxygen. You may experiencse leg cramps during the night’s sleep.
You need 300-350 extra calories daily. Weight begins to increase significantly until the 36-37th gestational week. It can happen that a sneeze, laugh, cough, exercise or other exertion causes “leakage” – Your pants become wet. There is nothing extraordinary.
When your blood pressure rises suddenly, your hands and feet are swelling, and that is not relieved by the next morning, there are visual disturbances, headache, agitation, revival of reflexes, then you may have pre-eclampsia. In such case, consult with your doctor immediately. If left untreated, it can develop into eclampsia, the life-threatening occurrence of seizures during pregnancy.
- Sit down with your legs elevated as often as possible.
- Where does your baby spend the night? In a crib (for convenience’s sake, “crib-sleeping”) or share a family bed with the mother (“co-sleeping”). Thing on that! Studies show that children who sleep with their parents have more confidence. It is also easier to feed the baby at night. The risk of cot death may be lower, when the child is sleeping with his or her mother. If you or your partner have been drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking, or are very tired and unable to respond to your baby, you should never co-sleep, however.
- If you have a car, buy a baby car seat. in many countries legislation requires that the baby must be in a baby safety seat, even while driving home for the first time from the hospital. Find out whether your chosen car seat has undergone the necessary safety tests. The cheapest car seat may not be the best choice.
- Learn about the signs of labor.