Your baby is now fully formed with all of the major systems and organs either working properly or finishing off their development. The measurements will be around 43.7cm in length and just under 2kg in weight. However, your baby will be gaining weight quite rapidly now, so the weight could change depending on when you do an ultrasound.
Your baby should also adopt cephalic presentation around about now. This is when the body turns upside down and the head wedges into the bottom of the uterus, ready for birth. Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t turn over now though. In some cases, babies only turn just before you go into labor. Your doctor can also assist with shifting your baby’s position when you are giving birth. Alternatively, they will recommend a cesarean section rather than natural birth if it’s safer for you both.
You’ll notice a fair amount of movement happening inside you now. Your baby will be responding to hearing your voice and the voice of the people who are around you a lot. Its hearing is now fully developed so it can also distinguish between different voices so be sure to get your partner to talk to your baby as much as possible. Unfortunately, your baby will also move around a lot even when you are trying to sleep. This can lead to you struggling to sleep in these last few weeks of your pregnancy.
Your baby’s body is now ready for the outside world, it just needs to gain weight. All of its bones are formed and rigid now, except for the skull. There are two parts to the skull and they are loose so that the head can squeeze through the birth canal more easily. These bones will then fuse together as your child grows up.
As your baby gains weight and size, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding it will decrease. This is a strong sign that you are getting ready for giving birth. If you’re having twins, now is the time to be alert because twins tend to be born before you reach full term.
How mom is feeling
Your baby is gaining weight rapidly, which means that you are doing so too. Now is the time to be quite careful because you aren’t just gaining the same weight that your baby is. Your body is also holding onto extra calories and many women gain extra pounds at this stage of a pregnancy from not eating correctly.
It’s important to note that the amount of weight you put on does not necessarily correlate with the size of your baby. Your doctor will keep an eye on your baby through ultrasounds and ensure that it is growing correctly according to its gestational age.
The most critical thing at this stage is to ensure that you eat properly. Getting the correct nutrients to keep your strength up, and to help your baby grow strong is essential. This will also help to prevent conditions like gestational diabetes and hypertension in you.
You may also need to take additional vitamins and supplements at this stage of your pregnancy. This is because the placenta is starting to harden and may have a grade of two or three by now. This means that it is harder to get nutrients and blood to your baby, but with a little help from supplements, all will be well.
At this stage of a pregnancy, you’ll probably find that everything is getting more and more difficult to do. Sleeping isn’t easy, you may be experiencing anxiety or depression, your body will be uncomfortable or in pain, and eating bigger meals can be hard. Just take it easy, rest as much as you can and talk to your doctor if you are feeling unsure or concerned about something.