Seven Months Pregnant: Symptoms and Fetal Development
It’s the official start of the third trimester — congratulations! You may not always feel like celebrating if you’re dealing with common month seven symptoms like back pain and sciatica. Hopefully, though, you’re still fairly comfortable now that you’re in month 7 of pregnancy.
Baby is getting more skilled by the day and can now blink and even dream. And that’s only the beginning.
You at 7 months pregnant
As your uterus expands and your baby grows, your organs can get a bit squashed and cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath from squashed lungs
- Frequent urinating from your growing uterus pushing on your bladder
- Abdomen cramps from your muscles stretching and your uterus squashing your stomach
Another strange symptom that can happen in the last few months of your pregnancy is leaky breasts. The creamy liquid that leaks from your nipples is called colostrum. It is the beginning of your breast milk and usually, only a drop or two will leak. Nursing pads for your nipples can be helpful if your leaking is becoming excessive.
How big is my baby at 28 weeks?
Your little work-in-progress now weighs about 2¼ pounds and is almost 15 inches long when measured head to toe. The baby is somewhat of the size of a pineapple.
You will experience frequent kicking and stretching movements by this month. This time, you can also connect with your little one through touch and sound
The baby lies vertically with the head towards the cervical region, to prepare for birth. This is considered to be the safest position for a normal delivery
Ultrasound during the seventh month
The optimal time for the ultrasound scan is between 24 and 26 weeks where all the organs are visible. The ultrasound helps monitor the baby’s growth, checks amniotic fluid levels, determines the fetal position and assesses the placenta
Diet tips for the seventh month
- Include omega-3 fatty acids as they enhance the growth of the baby. This is also the period where the baby develops cognitive and visual abilities. Foods such as eggs, seafood and walnuts help.
- Take fruits and vegetables rich in iron and vitamin C. Also include natural iron sources such as spinach, eggs, meat, and green leafy vegetables.
- Have small, light and nutritious meals at frequent intervals. Avoid heavy meals and greasy food.
- Increase fluid intake and reduce salt intake from canned foods, sauces, ketchup, chips, and pickles. This helps you get rid of water retention and swelling.
- Include fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains. They help in preventing constipation.
- Avoid spicy, acidic, and fatty foods as they ease the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.
You will experience immense joy, excitement, hope, nervousness, and worry in your final trimester. Cherish the period, and pamper yourself to be happy. Learn what is happening with you and your baby to avoid worrying without reason. Do not ignore the antenatal check-ups and tests, and follow the necessary precautions to have a healthy pregnancy.
Throwing a baby shower party this month? These fun games for the baby shower party will surely keep your guests entertained. Also, get ready for the next (8th) month of pregnancy.
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