All the major organs of your baby will be fully developed by this week except for the lungs. This means, even if your baby is born this week, the chances of survival are great; such a relief, huh? This week, the baby tends to spend more time, sleeping and practicing survival techniques such as breathing, swallowing etc. As more and more fat accumulates under the baby’s skin, it becomes more opaque and also soft & smooth.
This week, the ideal weight of the baby is approximately 1.7 kg (3.75 pounds).
Apart from the expanding uterus, you may begin to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, a pre-rehearsal irregular contraction practice. Here, the uterus gets hardened and feels like a tightening sensation that begins on the uterus and spreads downwards, for about 15 – 30 seconds. This is the way, your body is preparing you for the big day so relax and try to participate in the rehearsal.
This week you may experience pregnancy symptoms such as bloating & gas, constipation, dizziness, itchy belly, leg cramps, back ache and colostrums (leaky breasts). If you feel dizziness often, consult your physician for treatment through a healthy diet change.