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Discover why baby’s looking more kissable than ever. Plus, how much fetal movement (or lack thereof) is normal at this stage of pregnancy?
Baby is up to 3.5 pounds and 17 inches long—and looking more and more like a newborn. All this new weight is giving baby that “pleasantly plump” appearance that makes you just wanna squeeze those cheeks and attack her with kisses. Which you will do, soon!
Other adorable developments: Baby’s fingernails and toenails are formed, and the hair on her head is in place—if she has any, that is (mine didn’t).
Baby’s ears are fully developed, and she’s listening to everything that’s going on inside your body (heartbeat, blood flow), as well as what's outside your body, like conversations and music.
Internally, baby’s bone marrow is now producing red blood cells, which her liver was previously doing.
Have you noticed that baby’s kicks are changing? Becoming a little, dare we say, gentler?
It should come as no surprise that baby’s living space is getting a little more cramped with each day he spends in the womb. And, while his activity should be just as frequent as it’s always been, the sensations you feel will probably change.
Be on the lookout for more shifting and wiggling as opposed to really big kicks.
Also, you may notice that baby stays still for longer periods of time. This may seem a little freaky at first, but trust me, it’s a good thing. Baby is learning how to sleep for longer periods of time! (Let’s say a prayer that this skill continues.)
Still, if it’s been a hour or two since you’ve felt baby move, you may want to give your midwife or doctor a call.
I remember a time when my first child was super inactive all morning. It freaked me out because he was always jabbing me throughout the day. I called my midwife, and she told me to drink some OJ. Sure enough, within 20 minutes, my little Rocky returned, slugging away with all that he had.
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A good rule for pregnancy is to expect the unexpected. Let’s face it, breezing through 9 months of pregnancy without a single bump in the road would be bor-ing.
One such bump for me was learning that my first baby was in the breech presentation in the 3rd trimester. I was SHOCKED. This was one of my biggest fears, as it's harder to have a natural birth if your baby is in this position. In many hospitals, it’s an automatic c-section.
If you ever find yourself (er, or baby) in this position, don't panic. There are plenty of tactics you can try to flip baby, and professionals out there who can help.
Click here to learn more about flipping your breech baby.
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