Just 5 weeks to go now!
Get done a nice pregnancy photo shoot with husband and family I’m sure you’re going to cherish that later in life.
About your baby
18 INCHES it is by now with hardly any room as its growing pretty big, should be weighing nearly 5.25 kgs by now. His kidneys should be well developed by now and his liver can even process some waste products. So most of the development part is completed now, he will probably just keep on gaining weight mainly fats.
So there aren’t many changes that happen on the baby’s part. It’s important that you now start understanding the difference between normal contractions and real labor as a lot of pregnant women deliver between 8-9 months of pregnancy. Don’t worry I’ll be explaining that below. Make sure you even keep ready your emergency contact numbers.
Changes for the mother
- From this week you’ll start seeing your doctor every week. Now or sometime in between 37th week you will even undergo a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacterium called Group B streptococcum (GBS). GBS is usually harmless to us but if your pass it to your baby during births it can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, meningitis or a blood infection. If you are a GBS carrier you will get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby’s risk to infection.
- Bleeding gums – Your gums may be tender or bleeding now. To boost up your gum strength get plenty of vitamin C in the diet, you can even gargle with cold pressed coconut oil.
Let’s look at signs of labor
Water breaking – You will understand this when you experience something more like water flowing out then like a discharge. It can happen either with a big gush or a slow trickle which will just keep coming.
Regular contractions – These are not like Braxtons hicks who I had mentioned in the previous article these are more painful and more frequent.
Another labor signal to watch is the extra thick vaginal discharge that’s pink or even a bit blood tinged. This is the start of your mucus plug dropping. It is basically a ball of tissue that blocs your cervical opening during pregnancy to keep your uterus safe from germs. Losing your plug may not always mean the labors starting , because many women lose their plugs up to 2 weeks before labor officially happens.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.