You’re almost there !! It must be hard to believe, but you are in your final trimester of pregnancy which means within a few months you will be holding your baby in your arms.
7th month :
Your body : Your lungs are beginning to feel the pressure and you may feel breathless, Nevertheless, your lung capacity has increased by more than a third, and the baby is receiving enough oxygen. You need to maintain good posture and avoid slumping with the increased weight of the baby. Internal organ are being squeezed by the expanding uterus and you will find you need to urinate more often.
Your baby : Rapid brain development occurs during this period and the nervous system is able to control some bodily functions. The fetus eyelids now open and close. At beginning of the seventh month there is a 60% chance of survival if born. The fetus is considered legally viable at the end of the seventh month and there is a 90% chance of survival if born at this point.
8th month :
Your body : from now you will have clinic visit every week for the doctor to monitor the baby’s progress. Practice pelvis tilting regularly particularly if you have a back ache.
Your baby : There is a rapid increase in the amount of body fat the fetus has. Rhythmic breathing occurs, but the lungs are not yet mature. The fetus sleeps 90 to 95% of the day. At this point there the survival rate is above 95% if the baby is born.
9th month :
Your body : You will become pretty anxious by now, with lot of discomfort. Sleeping will also be a problem but it is just a matter of few days. The baby retains more fluid and mild swelling of the ankles is common, especially toward the evening. Try to include more protein in your diet. Resting during the day with your feet up and legs supported by pillows. If your face becomes swollen as well you should see your doctor.
Labor and Delivery :
For 9 months, the unborn child has been developing within the womb. Now the fetus is prepared to make an exit. birth in human being typically occurs 270 days after conception, near the end of a full 9 months. Shortly before birth ( typically a few weeks for first births but some times only a few hours for later pregnancies ), the fetus usually rotates into a head-downward position. This movement is referred to as lightening because it releases pressure on the mother’s abdomen.
Before your due date make sure to talk to your doctor about how to reach him or her is you do into labor. Know that sometimes you can think your in labor but really you are not (false labor). This happens to many women so don’t feel embarrassed.
Here are some signs of true labor :
> Contractions at regular and increasingly shorter intervals that also become stronger in intensity.
> Lower backpain that doesn’t go. you might also feel premenstrual and crampy.
> Your water breaks (can be a large gush or a continuous trickle) and you have contractions.
> A bloody (brownish or blood-tinged) mucous discharge. This is the mucous plug that blocks the cervix.
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