Your baby will grow 2 ½ inches and gains 2 pounds- baby now weighs 6 ½ to 7 ½ pounds and is about 20 inches long. The amniotic fluid equals about 1 quart. Your baby settles into a head-down position if this hasn’t already happened (in most cases). Baby movements are different since there is less space to move about, but should still be moving as much as it had been. All your baby’s body systems and organs continue to mature. Your baby will be ready to take that first breath and grow on its own just as soon as it is born.
The Braxton-Hick’s contractions are more frequent. You tire easily and frequently feel drowsy. Your sleep may be interrupted by the need to urinate and/or change positions. Your feet and hands may swell. You may feel pressure low in the pelvis from baby settling into position for birth.
Get a prenatal checkup weekly until baby arrives. Continue to eat a balanced diet. You may be more comfortable with smaller meals eaten more frequently. Plan now for a birth control method. Your packing for the hospital should be complete by now. Set aside clothes for you and baby to wear home if you are not packing them in your hospital suitcase. List people and phone numbers to call when labor begins.