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Your sweet baby is hard at work growing and is roughly the size of an onion, weighing about 4 ounces and is about 5 ¾ inches long. Your child is hard at work perfecting those sucking and swallowing skills that will help it eat once it arrives. The soft cartilage inside your baby is hardening into bone, making them stronger by the minute. Baby is even developing sweat glands already, although they won’t be useful just yet.

While baby’s eyelids are still sealed for their own protection, they’re now making side-to-side movements and are capable of perceiving some light. Their hearing is also sharpening, as they’re able to detect sound. Now is the perfect time to get them used to the barking dog or an annoying doorbell. These startling sounds can become familiar from here on out.

That darling baby fat you will love is now forming and will continue to grow throughout the pregnancy. This fat is vital to store energy for your baby and keep them warm once they get here, and will also contribute to some adorable chubby cheeks and chunky thighs. At birth, roughly two-thirds of your baby’s weight will be fat, so they have plenty of growing left to do.

What may have sounded like irregular heartbeats in prior ultrasounds, will now sound nice and regular – about 140-150 beats per minute. Baby’s own brain is responsible for this change and will do all of the regulating from here on out.

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As baby starts to put on some weight, so will you. Don’t be alarmed because it’s completely healthy and good for the baby. Your appetite will increase but remember to keep it healthy and don’t take “eating for two” literally.

Your belly will be more prominent as baby continues to grow, so don’t be surprised if loved ones or even strangers reach out to touch your belly. If it bothers you, just firmly but politely ask them to refrain. Growing also means your skin is stretching so it’s likely you’ll experience itching in your boobs and belly. Moisturize internally (with water) and externally (with lotion) to relief the itch.

You may notice a slight vaginal discharge, known as leukorrhea, which is caused by an increase in hormones, but don’t worry because it’s keeping the birth canal safe and infection free. Your preexisting allergies may also be heightened so pay close attention to avoid your irritates.

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Your growing baby is getting bigger by the moment! Those sweet little fingers are now hard at work grabbing everything in sight, including their rattle, a stuffed animal, your hair, your earrings, and your necklace. You may want to tie your hair back and avoid the accessories on most occasions. Be prepared, all of these things baby grabs will also end up in their mouth! Tasting is just one of their ways of exploring the world but be sure to avoid leaving small objects around that could be a choking hazard.

Everyone should be getting a full night sleep now (you included!) with baby’s sleep totally around 14-16 hours per day with naps. With all of this sleep comes plenty of strength and your baby should now be able to fully hold up its head without wobbling.

Baby’s eyes are also getting stronger and are now able to distinguish between more subtle color variations. They can see across a room, but they’ll still prefer the objects and people who are much closer. Their eye color may even be shifting, particularly if they’re lighter colored.

*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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