Your baby now weighs nearly 1.3 kg or 3lbs. The soft, fine early hair called lanugo that has been protecting your baby’s skin in the womb is beginning to disappear and she may now have some real hair - some babies are born with a head full of hair and others with none.
When awake, she will often have her eyes open and be looking around the womb, taking in her surroundings.
Her toenails are now nearly fully developed.
What's happening with mum?
It’s very common for women to have mild edema at this stage of pregnancy, so there’s no need for concern if your feet or ankles swell occasionally, particularly when it’s hot or if you have been on your feet for a while. But there is a risk of pregnant women developing pre-eclampsia, which would require medical attention quickly, so if you have prolonged swelling or swelling on your face and hands, have a bad headache, nausea, vomiting or a rise in blood pressure then contact your doctor right away.
NB: All pregnancies are different and fetal growth rates vary, this is meant only as an approximate guide to development. If you have any concerns about your developing pregnancy then speak to your doctor.
Indigestion & wind - As your uterus expands and your abdomen becomes more cramped you may well experience and increase in indigestion and wind. Here are some ideas of how to reduce wind.
Safe to exercise for sporty types?- As your third trimester gets underway you may be wondering whether to modify your sport and exercise programme to accommodate your pregnancy.
Aromatherapy for childbirth?- Most likely by now you will know where you are going to give birth and what kind of pain relief is on offer, but it's not too late to consider how you can provide yourself with some extra uplifting support with alternative therapies such as aromatherapy.
SPD - At first the midwife told me it was just pregnancy pains and quite normal but then they became worse and I found I couldn't walk very far at all and I could hear a clicking sound as I moved about and it was really painful trying to move around in bed...SPD is a reasonably common pregnancy complaint, you can ask questions or contribute experiences and suggestions for coping on the forum.
You can join in the other discussions and share birth experiences and advice with other ThinkBaby members in the pregnancy or birth folders.
If you've been keeping a blog of your pregnancy on TB don't forget to update it with what's been happening this week.
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