Your baby now measures about 16 inches long and will weigh a little over 2 ½ to 3 pounds by the end of the month. Its body is now covered with fine, soft hair called “lanugo”. Its fingerprints are set. It will have definite periods of sleeping and waking. It moves frequently with noticeable kicking and stretching. Its brain and nervous systems now mature rapidly. If a boy, its testicles will start to descend into the scrotum.
Your uterus is now moving up closer to your rib cage; you may be conscious of kicking against your ribs. Your breast may leak enough to need to wear padding in your bra. You may notice some swelling of your feet, ankles and hands by the end of the day- especially if it has been hot or you have been on your feet a lot during the day. If the swelling is present in the morning or is extreme, notify your OB provider. Your weight may tend to increase faster than you expect; this begins the period of the greatest growth for your baby. You may begin to tire more easily these days. You may begin to feel a bit awkward in moving.
Get your prenatal checkups this month. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein and iron-rich foods like liver, eggs and meat. Continue to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. You should not be traveling out of the area anymore. Start thinking about items you will need the first six weeks at home- convenience foods, paper dishes, disposable diapers or diaper service.