It feels like you’re having a mini IPL game in your belly with the little kicks and jabs in every nook and cranny. You are now in the single digits with how many weeks are left, so hang in there; it won’t be long before you have your bundle of joy is in your arms. From this point on in the pregnancy, you will be seeing the doctor more often, so keep a list of questions about any symptoms that crop up that you may not have been prepared for. Do not be embarrassed about any questions you may have; they may save your life.
What’s happening with you
You probably didn’t realize how many nerve endings you have in your ribs. All the sparring from your little one will have you wishing you were back in your first trimester! If you feel rhythmic movements in your belly, it is possible that your baby is having hiccups. This will be a common occurrence and can be very reassuring that things area alright. But there may be times in the day when the kicking can get tiring, so take a quick walk or drink a cold glass of water and you may see the baby let up, just enough for you to catch a breath. While threatening the baby to stop will not work, take heart that very soon your uterus is going to be too cramped for junior to gain enough momentum to pack a serious punch.
You may also observe that the ultrasound this week shows much more definition than you expected. If you are lucky, you may even catch a good look at the baby’s features.
What’s happening with your baby
Around this week, your baby will begin taking his position facing head-down in readiness for birth. Although you still have a few weeks before the baby is due, changing positions within the uterus becomes difficult if the baby occupies the entire uterus. So getting to the birthing position when the baby and mom still have a few weeks to go is probably a good idea. Your baby will most likely double his present weight by the time the due date comes around.
Most of your baby’s day is spent grabbing at things around him, blinking, hiccupping along with the occasional kick, which is almost the same thing that your baby will be doing for the first three months following birth. The end of this week will have your baby at 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and nearly 17 inches long, about the size of a bottle gourd or ghia.
Do not skip any doctor’s visits, so the doctor can monitor the position your baby is in and keep track of it during future visits. What this means is that you can discuss the possibility of a C-section or episiotomy and what that would mean for you.