Your baby’s permanent teeth have developed and are waiting in his gums. Your baby is very aware of his surroundings and his eyelids will open and close. He will even look around and turn toward light. We tend to think of the uterus as a dark place but the uterus actually can be light and dark depending on your environment. Your baby weighs almost three pounds now and is approximately 15.5 inches long.
You may be able to distinguish sleeping and waking cycles in your baby. Although it usually seems as if the baby wants to sleep while you are awake, and vice versa, this is not indicative of a sleepless newborn. Your baby can not only hear your voice, but can recognize it. Also, he has a grip so strong it is capable of gripping your finger. At this point, your baby may be practicing nursing as he sucks his thumb. He has lungs that are capable of breathing air, although medical help may be needed. About 9 out of 10 babies born now will survive.
The baby should weigh approximately 3 pounds and will measure about 14 to 17 inches in length. You will start to notice that the baby will have a clearer sleeping pattern. The baby will start sleeping in cycles that will match their sleeping patterns after they are born. The baby has grown so big that there is very little room in the uterus. The baby will not be moving around so much and when the baby isn’t moving they could be in the sitting position. This will prepare the baby for birth.
The baby’s brain is developing at a fast rate. The brain will start training the eyes for opening and closing and the lungs are trained for breathing. The baby has fully grown eyelashes and eyebrows. The baby is still gaining baby fat to help prepare for birth. The baby has fully developed their digestive tracts and the lungs are mature.
How Your Life’s Changing
You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.
Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It’s normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you’ll be a good parent. But if you can’t shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you’re frequently nervous or anxious.
What To Expect
The amniotic fluid will start to decrease, as the baby gets bigger. You will notice that you seem to run out of breath more easily than ever before. This happens when the uterus is putting pressure against the diaphragm. Don’t panic, this is only for a few weeks. By the 34th week, these symptoms will subside. The baby’s head will start to descend and prepare for childbirth. You will constantly feel like you have to go to the bathroom.
As you continue to go to your doctors’ visits, they will continue to monitor the baby through sonograms and blood and urine tests. Keep an eye out for sudden and excessive swelling on the hands and feet. This could be water retention or a sign of pre-eclampsia. Pre-Eclampsia is a condition that has to be monitored very closely, if not taken care of; it can cause pre-term delivery or other problems.
Try to make a lost of everything that has to be done. Now is the time to get them done, if you are going to help. You should be planning a baby shower or a party to await the arrival of your newborn baby. It is also important to keep all of your doctor’s appointment and make sure that if you have any questions that you ask your doctor. There is no question that is silly or trivial when it comes to your pregnancy.
Stay on track with your vitamins and continue on eating a balanced meal. Don’t put too much emphasis on your weight gain. If your doctor were concerned about it, he would have told you to be more careful. It is so important in these last months that you take care of yourself. If you are still working it may be time to start cutting back. Talk to your doctor and your boss and see what the best arrangement would be for everyone.