Your baby is comfortably nestled in your belly and weighs about 2.5 pounds and measures about 16 inches from head to toe. That puts baby at about the size of an eggplant! Baby is most likely in position for birthing, which means their head is at the bottom and their feet are probably somewhere in your ribs.
Your little one is now able to blink and is busy practicing for the big delivery day. Those little eyes are batting back and forth with tiny little eyelashes attached. If you shine a light on your belly, baby will notice the glowing area and may even react.
Along with blinking, baby is at work trying out the whole bag of tricks. If you were able to see your child, you may see them breathing, coughing, hiccupping, sucking their thumb, or even sticking out their tongue! No one knows for sure why they stick out their tongue but it’s possible it’s to taste the amniotic fluid.
While you’re dreaming about your baby’s arrival, there’s a good chance your baby is dreaming about you too. Studies have shown that your baby’s brain wave activity when they are sleeping occurs in phases. This includes the rapid eye movement (REM) phase when dreaming occurs.
Welcome to the third trimester! You’re in the home stretch and baby will be in your arms sooner than you could imagine. The ease of the second trimester (if you had any ease) will now progress into a far less comfortable third trimester. The kicking that was once sweet and gentle is now pretty strong and can be quite painful. You may be hurting quite a bit in your swollen feet and aching back.
Now that baby has adjusted into the new position, you may notice that your little one and uterus are now quite uncomfortably resting on your sciatic nerve. The nerve is responsible for sensation and motor skills to your lower extremities and is located at the lower part of your spine. When triggered, it may cause intense, shooting pain or tingling from the buttock down to your legs. Sciatica can occur in spurts or may even linger until delivery. To relieve the symptoms, adjust your weight to the opposite side of the pain and use heating pads to dull the ache. A pregnancy girdle can help lift the uterus into a more comfortable position and you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor for prenatal adjustments.
Visits with your health care provider are likely occurring every two weeks at this point, though as you progress you will start visiting every week. If you’re rhesus (Rh) negative, it’s time for another antibody screen and a possible Rh immune globulin injection. Don’t forget to continue your routine breast exams as well. Although breast lumps are very common during pregnancy, it’s important to continue your screening. Remember to take care of yourself as well! You’ll want to spend as many years as possible with your sweet child so it’s vital to remember your own health as well as the health of your child.
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