Your baby is 39cm long and weighs 1.6kg. Skin has become smoother and more pinkish, baby mostly sleeps and experiences dreams. Gastrointestinal tract and the lungs are nearly fully formed. The skull has a soft spot at the top, which will remain until the plates grow together. At birth, the skull will move half overlapping, allowing the baby to fit through the birth canal. The child is now fully developed, and his or her body is proportionate. Baby grows longer hereinafter, and he or she quickly gathers subcutaneous adipose tissue.
Baby punches so intensely that it may interfere your sleep. Fetal movements only mean good — baby is perfectly healthy and strong. Until the last months of pregnancy, when baby turns into the head down position, you may feel difficulty in breathing. It is, bedcause the growing grown uterus puts pressure on your lungs. As the intestines have less space in the stomach, the food digests slower, body absorbs more water and the content of the intestines becomes drier and harder. Decreased gastrointestinal activity results in constipation.
If occasional uterine contractions become regular (with five-minute intervals) , are lasting more than a minute at a time and last for a total of more than 2.5 hours, consult your doctor or midwife. These may be the early signs of labor. Call your doctor or midwife immediateley, if you have noticed bleeding or you have had prior preterm births.
- Make yourself a birth plan (a list of labor, delivery, and postpartum options).
- Practice breathing and relaxation techniques, that you learned at childbirth classes.
- Check the frequency of baby’s movements. Lay down at specific time each day, and determine how long does it take for the baby to move at least ten times. If that does not take more than an hour, the result is good.
- Consume plenty of fluids and eat fiber-rich foods, eg. fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and cereals.