GROWTH OF THE BABY:Weighing over 5 pounds and measuring almost 18 inches, the baby is so big that it doesn’t have enough space to wiggle around. Although the kicks would continue at the same pace, the baby is now counting days to see you. The physical development of your little one is complete by now. The kidneys have developed and the liver has started processing waste. The next few weeks would concentrate on weight gain. Your little bub would start becoming chubby and cuter. From this week, the baby would gain about half pound per week. Your baby has only few weeks to spend inside and is almost ready for the life outside the womb!
CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Since your uterus has made room to accommodate your growing baby, the uterus is exerting pressure on your bladder. This is the reason for your frequent washroom trips. Since the uterus is also levying pressure upon your ribcage, you might also experience shortness of breath. Don’t exert yourself at this stage. False contractions might occur which may last up to two minutes. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions.
As only 5% of babies are born on their actual due date, you might already be wondering if every twitch and ache is a sign of impending labor!
If your baby were to arrive now, they would still be considered moderately premature, but would most likely be absolutely fine with a little extra care.
DIET & FITNESS REGIME: Acidity, heartburn or indigestion can be a matter of concern at this time. Your hormonal balances are disturbed because of the physical changes in your body during pregnancy. Try cutting out on rich,fatty,citrus and spicy foods. Have small but frequent meals, take your time over your meals. Eat slowly,have small mouthfuls and chew your food well.
At this time your baby is naturally preparing itself to be in the optimum position for birth (head down) you could try and give them a helping hand by doing a bit of moving around yourself! Some mums try spending time on all fours and wriggling their hips to encourage their baby to turn,while others gently bounce on a birthing ball to help get the pelvis to open.
INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Gynecologist, Dietician.
PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:
Now is a good time to make sure your hospital bag is good to go, all your important numbers are well noted. This time is precisely when you switch on to the nesting mode and prepare yourself for the arrival of your little one.