Hey mommies! Feel big enough yet? Before complaining that there isn’t much more room in your belly, think about the fact that you still have 10 more week to go, so things will get even more crowded.
Let’s talk measurements! This week your baby weighs around 3 pounds (1.4 kg) and measures 16 inches (40 cm). The legs are about 2,6 inches long (6 cm) and the head is almost 3.8 inches (8 cm) in diameter. A little bigger than last week. And still, your baby will gain about half a pound a week until week 38. Even if he or she still has quite some time to go, the head and body are proportioned like a new born. The aspect is also like a new born’s, because the skin is transitioning from wrinkled to smooth (that’s because the baby is storing fat).
The good news is that your little pinky begins to control his/ her own body temperature, which prepares him/her for the life outside the womb. The bone marrow is now responsible for the red cell production (which will also protect your baby after birth). They will transport oxygen and remove wastes. If up until now your baby constantly received iron, calcium and phosphorus through the umbilical cord, from now on these substances will be stored his/her body.
The hands are fully formed now. Even the fingernails are growing. And no, the baby will not scratch the inside of your womb. I’ve seen these concerns in the social media and my immediate thought was: Where are these women getting their info from? On a brighter side, if you are having a 30 week ultrasound you may be able to see your baby grasp his/her other hand and feet. It’s a very good thing since this gestures will help with nerve development.
The lungs are not mature yet, but the brain is changing its appearance by forming the ridges and channels that makes it look like an adult’s. The digestive tract is almost fully formed and will be ready just in time for mouth feeding after birth.
If he/she hasn’t already, your baby will start to shift head downward, often referred as the ‘engaged’ position. There is about 1 liter of amniotic fluid which surrounds your baby, but this quantity will decrease in the next few weeks to make more room.
If born now, your baby has an extremely good chance of survival. This, of course, with the special baby care it requires.
As for the mommy chapter, you may experience ankle and legs swelling (if you aren’t already there). This is ok. There is a great amount of pressure on your legs and feet and some swelling is to be expected. However, only 40 to 75% of women experience pregnancy related swelling, so if you are the other percent….lucky you!
Your uterus is about 4 inches (10 cm) above your bellybutton and you may think that there is no possible way to get any bigger without popping. But there is. You still have 10 weeks worth of getting bigger, but try to enjoy it and don’t emphasize the fact you are the size of Jupiter. You are creating life, so you earned the right to get as big as you need to be. I must again mention that pregnancy is not a free ticket to eating anything, anytime. It’s not healthy. Moderation is the key. Half of the weight gain must be the baby’s weight, the placenta and the amniotic fluid.
As for the rest, you should be packing a bag. You don’t want to do this later because it will become harder and harder. Moreover, I suppose you don’t want to browse through the stores anytime soon, so do it now and get it over with.
This is also a good time to go to a spa. Relax a little before the baby comes. It will be a while until you will be able to do this after the birth. Many mothers-to-be chose to fix their hair into a more comfortable, easy style. Have a mani-pedi (just a wild guess…but I suppose you can’t reach your toes ). There are even spas which offer special packages for mommies-to-be, so take advantage and spoil yourself!