Your baby gains about 2 pounds this month; by the end of the month it will weigh about 5 ½ pounds and will be about 18 inches long. All body systems and organs are mature enough by the end of this month, that should your baby come early it should be all right. Its eyes are open. It is still active with noticeable patterns of sleep and wakefulness. It may settle down into position for birth.
The top of your uterus is now up near your rib cage. You may have trouble breathing when the baby pushes up against your lungs. Your heartburn may increase. You may have trouble sitting or lying comfortably for long periods of time. You may have trouble with hemorrhoids. You begin to tire easily. Your vaginal secretions increase. You may need to urinate frequently day and night as the baby’s head crowds your bladder.
Plan to get a prenatal checkup every two weeks again this month. Eat a balanced diet of small, frequent meals. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid each day. A doctor for your baby should be selected at this time in your pregnancy. You and your labor partner should be practicing breathing and relaxation through “pretend contractions” daily. Practice relaxation techniques during Braxton-Hicks contractions (normal tightening and releasing of the muscles of the uterus).