You are just 10 weeks away from the momentous conclusion of your journey!
GROWTH OF THE BABY:The baby weighs about 4 pounds and measures about 15 inches. Your cherub is rapidly gaining weight. The fine layer of hair starts disappearing. The eyes become more responsive and body movements get more refined.Your little one has a wobbly head and can turn it from side to side. The body starts accumulating fat. The baby’s movement is a good sign conveying that your kid is healthy and active. The lungs and nervous system are almost fully developed, ready to face the outer world.
CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Since the baby is gaining weight, you might experience trouble in breathing. Your growing belly would compress your diaphragm causing shortness of breath. The belly would also exert pressure on the bladder resulting in frequent urination. Those erratic washroom visits may possibly disturb your sleep too. Hence brace yourself to nap at unusual hours.
Mothers to be start lactating early. This early lactation is called colostrum.
Newborns have very immature and large digestive system and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby's first stool, which is called meconium. This clears excess bilirubin, a waste product of dead red blood cells, which is produced in large quantities at birth due to blood volume reduction from the infant's body and helps prevent jaundice. Colostrum is known to contain immune cells and many antibodies. These are some of the components of the adaptive immune system.
INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Gynecologist and dietician
PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:As priorities and excitement mount now and in the weeks to come, don't forget to carve out the time you need for exercise and planning your balanced nutrition. During your 31st week of pregnancy, get ready for:
By the time you're 36 weeks pregnant, you'll probably begin visiting your doctor weekly.
These upcoming weekly appointments specifically will check your baby's progress toward birth.