Your sweet child is growing a lot this week, both physically and mentally. Your baby is measuring in around 15.7 inches and weights about 3 pounds. That puts your little one at the size of a cucumber! The space for baby is getting cramped these days so the kicking might be minimized (or it might not).
While they’re busy filling out, their brain is filling up with brain cells. The wrinkles in their brain, known as convolutions, give it the grooved appearance and allow it to store extra brain cells. This will prepare your baby so it will be able to soak up all of the new information your baby will be taking in after birth.
While the brain is getting more wrinkles, the skin is actually smoothing out more. Before baby’s skin was wrinkly because they basically didn’t fit into their own skin, but now they’re continuing to develop more white fat that will help keep your little one warm and comfy. This fat layer doubles for energy storage as well. Without this fat layer, baby’s skin would be pretty much translucent.
Now that baby’s fat and the brain are regulating body temperature, the soft, fuzzy hair layer that has been keeping your little one warm, known as lanugo, will disappear. That’s not the only big body change. The bone marrow steps in for red blood cell production, taking over for the spleen. This will allow your child to be more prepared for the outside world when the time comes – which is soon!
With only ten weeks to go, you’re in the home stretch. It’s funny to think that you’re reaching the end when all of your early pregnancy symptoms are returning. Those early “favorites” such as frequent need for urination and tender breasts make a return but for different reasons. This time it’s because your child is rested comfortably on your bladder and your breasts are preparing for milk production.
Indigestion will make a likely return as well. As expected, you can blame hormones for this (again). The same hormones that relax your body for delivery also relax your esophagus, allowing digestive juices to escape their prison, resulting in heartburn. Tums or Rolaids will work wonders while giving you extra calcium, but to avoid it (as best as possible) try eating smaller meals and avoiding the foods that cause discomfort. On the bright side, the heartburn will go away after your little one is born.
Those crazy hormones are also the culprit behind those crazy dreams you’re having. Weird and very vivid dreams are likely striking during those desperate hours of sleep you’re getting. Look on the bright side – those dreams only occur when you’re deep in sleep. When you aren’t sleeping, you’re likely pretty tired which is completely normal. You’re doing the work for two and the baby is likely pressing into your ribs, making even the simple act of breathing more difficult.
By now you should have a pretty good plan about the big delivery date. Talk with your doctor about the plans for the day and try doing a few test runs to the hospital so you have an idea of timing and alternate routes. It’s a good idea to have a bag pre-packed with all of the essential items you’ll need (and you’ll have some time to add items you might have forgotten). Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, remember that they’re all different and plans can change at any moment but it’s good to be prepared.
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