At this point in the pregnancy, you should be gaining another pound each week. You may also be experiencing sciatic pain caused by compression in the back. If you experience a lot of discomfort, consult your healthcare provider about pain relief options. Do not take any medication that your healthcare provider has not approved.
Your blood volume has increased by 50 percent during your first two trimesters. It will start leveling out next week and remain constant until you deliver. In addition, amniotic fluid is at its highest level; it will remain at this level until birth.
Although a little swelling is common, be sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice extensive swelling, especially around your face and neck.
Uterine twitching may be more common than before due to your baby's hiccups.
Continue to eat properly and get all the recommended nutrients to ensure a healthy baby. Frequency of heartburn may increase due to the growing baby in your body, so be sure to continue eating smaller, more frequent meals if you experience heartburn.
In preparation for labor, you may want to begin practicing breathing techniques that you may learn at pregnancy classes or from your healthcare provider.
What Is Happening To Your Baby
Your baby measures 17.2 inches (43.7 cm) long from head to heel, or roughly the length of a pineapple. At this point your baby weighs about 4.5 pounds (2 kg).
Your baby will accumulate more fat, turning your baby’s skin from red to pink. This fat will keep your baby warm from birth until it can regulate its own body temperature.
There’s not much room in your womb for your baby now. You will feel less jabs and kicks and more rolling movements as your baby’s quarters become more confined.
The developing neural structure within the brain is helping your baby listen, feel and partially see. It is also allowing for REM sleep cycles, which your baby experiences often as it sleeps 90 to 95 percent of the day at this point.
What Is Happening This Week?
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