Your baby is growing so fast these days. At 3 pounds and 17 inches your little one is the size of an acorn squash! Your baby won’t get too much longer but as fat deposits continue to form, baby will grow to two or three times the current size. Baby’s wrinkled skin will smooth as new fat develops. The fat already there, known as brown fat, regulates body temperature while the new fat, known as white fat, serves as an energy source.
Baby already developed the primary teeth buds a few weeks ago but this week the permanent teeth formed below. Once the primary teeth grow in they’ll hold the place for the permanent teeth. It may be too early to start buying toothbrushes but it’s certainly important to remember to teach your child good dental habits.
The head is growing too, to make room for your little one’s developing brain. As baby continues to develop through this last trimester, the brain will be growing the most. As the brain sends messages to the body, the body will react and could result in jabs, pokes, and kicks. It’s tight living quarters these days so you’ll feel them more and more vigorously. These movements are in reaction to surrounding stimuli in the form of sounds, lights, food, and movement. Baby should make some sort of movement about ten times per hour. If it seems like less drink some juice or have a snack and relax so you can do a kick count. If it takes over two hours to reach ten you should call your practitioner to be safe.
As your little one grows and has less space to move, kicking can sometimes get painful. You’re likely going to be making extra trips to the bathroom too since baby is sitting on your bladder. You may also be among the 40 percent of women who suffer from varicose veins – but don’t worry because they’ll go away. Constipation and hemorrhoids may also become a problem. You also may have difficulty sleeping. Isn’t pregnancy fun? Don’t worry though because you’re in the home stretch and soon enough you’ll be holding your sweet baby.
Pregnancy isn’t always fun but it’s important to remember to take care of yourself and to take it easy. If you’re getting lightheaded or headaches, relax and get a snack. There’s a good chance your blood sugar is low so a healthy snack and some water would be good for you and baby. Plus, all of that growing baby is doing means you need extra nutrients. Get plenty of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and vitamin C especially in this third trimester.
Use this time to pamper yourself before you’re taking care of baby. Take baths surrounded by lit candles. Moisturize regularly (that’ll help with the itchy belly too). Treat yourself to that pedicure.
Before you know it, baby will be here so make sure you’re prepared. If you haven’t gotten the nursery together, what are you waiting for? While you still have the energy, get the room together and stock up on the essentials. Wipes, diapers, and receiving blankets are obvious necessities. It’s wise to be prepared and have many sizes of diapers and even extra pacifiers and things you may not need until later on.
Nine Months From Now...
Your little child is now seven months old! Your little one is becoming more and more independent by the day and is full of curiosity to keep them interested in all kinds of things. Baby is likely even moving a little so while you don’t have to batten down the hatches just yet, some basic baby-proofing should be underway.
Baby is likely teething already so be sure to clean out the mouth – particularly of any solid foods. Use a baby toothbrush or gauze to clean the teeth and gums. Your child very likely has extra baby fat that circles the belly, arms, and legs in adorable fat rolls. This extra chunk is just storage to prepare baby for the energy it will need once they’re fully mobile.
Your baby understands object permanence now so when you hide a ball or leave a room they know it still exists. This will become abundantly obvious when separation anxiety strikes. Don’t feel guilty though because the crying will stop in a few minutes.
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