Pregnancy by Month: Month 7

The seventh month of pregnancy marks the beginning of the third trimester.  It encompasses weeks 26 through 30 and by the end of the month, you will officially be 3/4 of the way through your pregnancy.




Week 26

for Baby:

Your baby's brain is much more developed at this point.  In fact, baby's brain waves are like those of a newborn baby.  His or her hearing is fully developed at this point.  Baby may even move to the rhythm of music now.  Baby's lungs are still maturing and growing.  Baby is now approximately 14 inches long and nearly 1.75 lbs.

for Mom:

The third trimester comes with a host of new symptoms.  You may notice increased back pain as your belly continues to grow.  You may also notice indigestion and heartburn increase.  You will feel baby moving often by now and some doctors request you do kick counts to track baby's movements.







Week 27

for Baby:

Your baby can cry now, although you won't be able to hear it.  Baby's lungs practice breathing amniotic fluid and baby may suck on his or her fingers to self-soothe, which also strengthens facial muscles.  Your baby is approximately 14.5 inches and 2 lbs.

for Mom:

As your uterus expands, you may notice a shift in balance and mobility.  It's important to maintain proper posture, especially when bending or lifting.  You may notice an increase in leg cramps or swelling with the added weight.  Make sure to drink lots of water and stretch regularly.  Mild swelling is normal, but it can help to relax with your feet up.

Week 28

for Baby:

Your baby has now developed a regular sleep schedule.  Brain waves show that the babies in the womb experience rapid eye movement (REM) cycles so they may even be dreaming in there! Baby is approximately 14.8 inches long and 2.25 lbs.

for Mom:

Around this point in your pregnancy you may find out what position your little one is facing, whether they are head down, breech or sideways.  However, there is still plenty of time for baby to rotate!  Your ob will likely start to see you every two weeks now as your due date is approaching.






Week 29

for Baby:

Baby's eyes can distinguish light through the womb.  He or she may even react to bright lights by moving around. As baby grows, he or she is running out of space in there.  You may notice less movement, but will still feel kicks and jabs.  Baby is approximately 15.25 inches now and 2.5 lbs.

for Mom:

As baby grows, your lungs have less space to expand which may cause shortness of breath.  You may experience Braxton-Hicks contractions which will be irregular and should stop if you lie down for a bit and sip water.  But it is important to be educated about signs of premature labor, which could include: cramping, lower back pain, leaking amniotic fluid, pink or brown discharge or passing of the mucous plug.  If you suspect any of these signs, it's important to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Week 30

for Baby:

Your baby proportionately looks like a newborn now.  Eyebrows and lashes have developed and hair on top of the head may be growing thicker.  As your baby practices breathing he or she may experience hiccups, which often feels like a series of repetitive twitches.  Baby is approximately 15.75 inches long and 3 lbs.

for Mom:

After this week, there are only 10 more to go (hopefully.)  You may experience more discomfort in your pelvis and abdominal region as baby continues to grow.  Practicing kegel exercises may help during labor and delivery and help prevent things like accidental urine leakage during and after pregnancy.





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Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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