14.06.2015

Last trimester of pregnancy baby growth

As you approach your due date, it can be tempting to wish away the final weeks of pregnancy.
Full term pregnancy is considered 40 weeks counted from the first day of a your last period. The third trimester starts with the beginning of week 27, ending with the delivery of your baby (around week 40) [2, 3]. Your baby weighs just over 2 pounds at the start of this trimester while the average weight of a baby at full term is around 7 pounds [4]. By the 30th week, your baby can open and close his eyes [6], with his senses of hearing, smell and taste developing as well [7]. Until now, there has been plenty of space for your baby to rotate and change position within the womb. Now that the second trimester is over, you are probably aching all over and feeling pretty tired, waiting for the arrival of the day of delivery. Common symptoms like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination and depression [7, 11] may intensify during the last few months.
You need to gain about 1 pound per week in this trimester [12], so your total weight gain throughout the pregnancy is no more than 25-35 pounds [13]. Kick counts: Regular kick counts are essential to make sure everything is okay with your baby as he goes through the final stages of development. Fetal nutrition: Follow a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals as your baby has already started storing nutrients, like iron, calcium, and phosphorus, for his initial days in the world [2].
Traveling during the third trimester: Although flying is usually considered safe until the 36th week [19], it is recommended to take expert advice before making any travel plans this late in pregnancy. Having said all of the above, try not to worry too much about any possible risks to you or your baby as most pregnancies end with the mother giving birth to a healthy baby.


During the third trimester you may have developed stretch marks as well as difficulty finding a comfortable position, especially when lying down.
Hungry and exhausted as you are, just carry on a few more weeks as your baby will soon be ready to see the light of the world.
But by the last few weeks of this trimester, he will get pretty congested [8], making it more likely for you to feel even the small fetal movements. The most common symptoms women go through during the third trimester include Braxton Hicks contractions, round ligament pain, pelvic and back pain [10] as well as considerable pressure in the pelvic area as the baby moves down the birth canal. It is also completely normal to feel out of breath, especially during the first few weeks of the trimester, due to the growing uterus putting pressure on your ribcage [10]. Some may even be asked to see their doctor at least once every week in the last month, depending on the medical history of the mother and the fetal development rate [15]. The doctor may also perform an ultrasound in addition to checking the baby’s heart rate and measuring the fundal height to ensure proper fetal health [15]. Your growing baby pushes your abdominal organs up under your diaphragm and compresses your bladder and colon, which can lead to heartburn, frequent urination and constipation. The baby's eyes begin to open around this time.28 weeks - The fetus has his own regular intervals for sleeping and being awake.
Right now, his skin is gradually smoothening out with the developing fat layer while his finger- and toenails continue to grow. Once you enter the last month, your doctor will perform a cervical exam during each prenatal visit to check for dilation and effacement (opening and thinning) of the cervix [16]. Francis has classes about these topics, and our Lactation Center offers prenatal breast assessment so you can prepare even before your new baby arrives. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to accommodate his brain, which is busy developing billions of neurons.


Baby hears things better from the vibrations all around, and can now distinguish real sounds and voices. Don't forget to continue to 'teach' your baby in the womb by exposing to music, literature, and simply talking to him.30 weeks - For several months, the umbilical cord has been the baby's lifeline to the mother. The fetus now weighs about 3 pounds.31 weeks - Now it is time for the baby's lungs and digestive tract to be very near of being mature.
Studies with heart rates show that they may also prefers some types of music to others -- already!32 weeks - During this time the baby sleeps most of the day. The uterus getting to be too small for the baby to move so you may have notice a decrease in your baby's movements. The baby's hair is also growing.34 weeks - The baby now weighs about 5 pounds and is approximately 19 inches long. The baby's body is growing round because of developing fat layers.36-37 weeks - The baby's weight is now about 6 pounds and and the height is about 20 inches.
The feeling comes from increased pressure in the lower abdomen.38-40 weeks - Your pregnancy is considered full term now (anytime between 38-42 weeks is full-term). At the time of birth, most babies weigh about 7.5 pounds, and are 18-20 inches long, but it can vary with each baby, and there is no cause for concern.



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Comments to «Last trimester of pregnancy baby growth»

  1. lya writes:
    Intervals for 3 weeks or extra days now and am nervous.
  2. Refraktor writes:
    Many pregnant ladies experience help keep her and.
  3. EXPLOD writes:
    More than likely your child will possibly get pregnant - and utilizing emergency contraceptive.