Month 7 (25-28 weeks gestation)
This is the beginning of the third trimester. your baby will begin to store more fat and has reached 10 inches (25 cm) long.
Your stomach will grow at a more noticeable rate and back pain is common. Your breasts may be 2 cup sizes larger as your milk ducts continue to enlarge.
Month 8 (29-32 weeks gestation)
Your baby is approximate 11 inches (28 cm) and continues to store more fat.
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids may surface due to increased straining and vascular pressure. Feeling more tired, heartburn and constipation will continue. Stretch marks may also form caused by your skin stretching as your uterus expands upward.
Month 9 (33-36 weeks gestation)
Your baby’s eyes are fully developed and movements become more apparent. He/She is 12.5 inches long and now has nice smooth skin. Your baby should also turn vertex (head down) in preparation for labor.
The increased growth rate of your baby places more strain on your body. Trouble sleeping, frequent bathroom trips, and increasing contractions are all normal symptoms. you may also notice your stomach dropping as the baby begins to lower into the pelvis.
Month 10 (37-40 weeks gestation)
Your baby grows from 14 inches to up to 22 inches and the average birth weight is about 7-8lbs.
As the baby lowers into the pelvis you may feel increased discomfort and pressure. Your stomach-dropping may relieve some heartburn and shortness of breath. As the baby grows, there is less room in the uterus and you may notice some decrease in movement.
41-42 weeks gestation
When a pregnancy extends over 40 weeks it is considered “post-term” and increased risks occur. Amniotic fluid levels begin to decrease as well as placental function causing inadequate nutrition and/or blood flow to the baby. If your body does not go into labor on its own your provider may choose induce your labor.
Induction, however, is ultimately YOUR CHOICE!!!