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About Baby

The journey continues as baby grows to about 13.8 inches and now weighs 2 pounds. That puts your little one at about the size of a head of lettuce! Development continues in some crucial areas this week. As baby continues to grow, the space in the uterus will feel more cramped for them. It’s still plenty of space, but it means you’ll feel you’re little one’s movements more and more.

Up until this point, baby’s eyes have been closed as the retina develops. As retina development completes, baby’s eyes may open this week! There’s not much for them to see right now, but it’s a big step. While the retina is developed, the iris, the part that varies in color, isn’t complete yet so the verdict is still out on eye color. Genetics are tricky so don’t be surprised if baby’s eyes are a completely different color from either parent. Even more bewildering, is that baby’s eyes can change color even after they’re born! Those baby blues may not be there to stay and can typically change up to about six months old.

Brain wave activity is becoming stronger and baby will react to different situations. Shining a light on your tummy or playing music can get baby to move around inside your womb. The lungs continue to work hard as well. Sucking in amniotic fluid is great practice for those first few breathes of air.

Organs aren’t the only things growing. Tiny eyelashes are coming in and will woo you from the get go. Itty bitty fingernails are growing in on baby’s hands too. Be prepared – they can be pretty sharp when they’re born. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning their descent into the scrotum. This will take two to three months to complete.

About Momma

You’re about two-thirds of the way through your pregnancy now! Your uterus is sitting about two inches above your naval and is pressing against abdomen as it swells. This will most likely make your belly button pop out at some point, even if it was once an innie. Don’t worry though; outties are a rite of pregnancy passage. It will likely revert to its original position a few months after delivery.

Now that you can feel more of baby’s kicks and jabs, we should probably mention that it won’t always be so cute anymore. Sometimes their feet get caught under your ribs and their movements and stretches can be downright painful. Try doing some stretches of your own. Changing position can help alleviate some of the pain and give baby a little extra space for a brief moment.

Amongst all of the pregnancy side effects, like heartburn, leg cramps, and constant potty breaks, insomnia can be really rough. Try getting exercise during the day. The extra workout is good for your health, but will also wear your body down a bit more to make sleeping easier. A nice stroll through the neighborhood or a beautiful park will also help you relax while taking in some fresh air. Try drinking extra water earlier in the day so you can taper off your intake towards the evening. This may help resolve those bathroom runs that cause you to wake throughout the night.

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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