Your baby is quite the busy bee these days. At roughly 10 ½ inches (now measured in crown to feet) in length and 12 ounces in weight, your baby is about the size of a pomegranate! Your pomegranate is moving and shaking all over the place in your womb. Some of those flutters and blips have turned into full-fledged kicks and punches in what seems like a martial arts film reenactment starring your little one. All of those prenatal acrobatics may seem like they last all day, but your baby is actually getting plenty of sleep. At about 12 to 14 hours per day, they’re getting as much as they will as a newborn.
Your little one’s eyebrows have fully formed so we can only imagine some of the fun expressions they’re making already. Eyelids have fully formed too and now that their lids aren’t sealed shut, reactions to the light could bring on some of those adorable little expressions.
As much as baby changes, you will likely experience even more changes in the upcoming weeks. Before your baby is even using your precious breast milk, you could experience what we lovingly like to call “leaky boob.” This simply means that your body is preparing baby’s food supply ahead of time and that this can cause a little of the good stuff to leak from the nipples. If you’re encountering this problem, just throw some lactation pads into your bra to help absorb any secretions.
Body aches may form, and you may even experience Braxton-Hicks contractions. They feel something like dull labor contractions, but they’re your body’s way of prepping for the big delivery day. Heartburn and indigestion may cause some discomfort so avoid foods that may trigger these, such as spicy or greasy foods.
Baby’s tiny taste buds have formed so they’ll be able to taste everything you eat as it passes into the taste of the amniotic fluid they continue to swallow. This means that they develop a taste for the foods you eat. All of those healthy foods you’re eating (hint hint), will one day be enjoyed by your child too. So if want you want to avoid a picky eater, you’ll want to eat a diverse selection of foods while you’re pregnant. Research has shown that exposing your child to food in utero will help them develop a taste for it later on.
Nine Months From Now...
Your baby is getting bigger by the minute and the excitement begins at five months. Your little one is likely expressing themselves verbally in the form of coos, babbles, and giggles that will make your day.
While babies can sit upright well on their own, they may need a little support for longer periods of time. Don’t worry though, your baby is all about movement these days. The grip is stronger and your little one will pull things closer as needed. Your giggle box is likely rolling around from tummy to back and they’re getting those legs going in the process. They’ll be crawling soon and their body will be ready, so you may want to start baby proofing the house now!
Most babies are sleeping through the night now but don’t forget those coveted naps. Your little one needs to sleep in the morning and after lunch. If you put your child in the crib at the first sign of sleepiness, it will help them learn to fall asleep on their own, which will help you get more done and maybe even enjoy a nap of your own.
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