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1. How Big Is Your Baby?

This week marks the beginning of the third trimester. Now we’ll be adding total length of baby’s body from head to toe. This will give you a better idea of how big your baby is during this last part of your pregnancy.

Your baby now weighs a little more than 2 pounds (875g), and crown-to-rump length is about 9? inches (24cm) by this week. Total length is about 14? inches (36cm). 

2. How Big Are You?

Your uterus is about 2¾ inches (7cm) above your bellybutton. Measured from the pubic symphysis, it is more than 10½ inches (27cm) to the top of the uterus.

3. How Your Baby Is Growing and Developing

The retina, the part of the eye where light images come into focus at the back of the eye, is beginning to be sensitive to light. It develops layers around this time that receive light and light information, and transmits them to the brain for interpretation—what we know as “sight.” From here on, baby will probably be able to sense bright light. If you shine a light close to your tummy, baby may react as it senses the change in luminosity.

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Around this time, your baby’s eyelids open.
Your baby begins opening and closing its eyes
while still inside your uterus.

A congenital cataract is an eye problem present at birth. Most people believe cataracts occur only in old age, but they can appear in a newborn baby!

Instead of being transparent or clear, the lens that focuses light onto the back of the eye is opaque or cloudy. This problem is usually inherited. However, it has been found in children born to mothers who had German measles (rubella) around the 6th or 7th week of pregnancy.

Another congenital eye problem is microphthalmia, in which the overall size of the eye is too small. The eyeball may be only two-thirds its normal size. It often occurs with other eye abnormalities. It is usually the result of infections in the mom-to-be, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) or toxoplasmosis, while baby is developing.

Feeling Baby Move

Feeling your baby move (quickening) is one of the more precious parts of pregnancy and can be the beginning of your bonding with baby. Many women feel they begin to connect with baby and its personality by feeling its movements. Your partner can experience and enjoy baby’s movements by feeling your tummy when baby is active.

Movement can vary in intensity. It can range from a faint flutter, sometimes described as a feeling of a butterfly or a gas bubble in early pregnancy, to brisk motions or even painful kicks and pressure as baby gets larger.

Some good news about baby’s movements. Studies show if your baby is active in the womb, he or she may be healthier.

Women often ask how often a baby should move. They want to know if they should be concerned if the baby moves too much or doesn’t move enough. This is hard to answer because your sensation can be different from that of someone else. Each baby’s movement can be different. However, studies show an active baby moves at least 10 times in 2 hours. It’s usually more reassuring to have a baby move frequently. But it isn’t unusual for a baby to have quiet times when there is not as much activity.

If you’ve been on the go, you may not have noticed baby move because you’ve been active and busy. It may help to lie on your side to see how much baby is moving. Many women report baby is more active at night, making it hard to sleep.

Dad Tip

Offer to do various jobs around the house that may be more difficult for your partner now.

Cleaning the bathtub or the toilet can be a big help. Carry the laundry up and down stairs. Unload the dishwasher so you can put away heavy or awkward pieces. Add to her safety by putting away anything that belongs in a high or difficult-to-reach location.

If your baby is quiet and not as active as what seems normal or what you expected, discuss it with your healthcare provider. You can always go to the office to hear baby’s heartbeat if it hasn’t been moving in its usual pattern. In most instances, there is nothing to worry about.

Kick Count. As baby gets bigger, kicks get stronger. Toward the end of pregnancy, you may be asked to record how often you feel baby move. This test is done at home and is called a kick count. It provides reassurance about baby’s well-being; this information is similar to that learned by a nonstress test .

Your healthcare provider may use one of two common methods. The first is to count how many times the baby moves in an hour. The other is to note how long it takes for baby to move 10 times. Usually you can choose when you want to do the test. After eating a meal is a good time because baby is often more active then.

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