This week is a real watershed in your pregnancy which is signified by the change in the medical term for the baby: now he is called an infant instead of a fetus, which means a small child that can not speak yet. The baby is now in a viable state, but if he was born right now, he would need incubation and special care.
The expectant mother
The upper part of the womb grows over the height of your navel takes more space in your abdomen and displaces your internal organs from their original position. It is fully palpable now during medical examinations. As a result of hormonal changes, the upper part of your stomach becomes lax and might let gastric acid back into your esophagus causing heartburn. It is important to be aware of the signs of early delivery. If you have more than five contractions or cramps in an hour, have a sharp pain frequently in your waist area or feel pressure in your pelvis, bleed bright red or have clear, watery vaginal discharge, call your doctor immediately. Other warning signs might be a continuous stomach ache, frequent sickness or the swelling of your face and hands.
He weighs approximately 600 grams and is almost 30 centimeters long. He is in a state of development where he would be capable to survive outside the womb. The reason for this is that this week the surfactant starts to develop. Gas exchange happens through the alveoli, and the surfactant prevents these bubbles from sticking together during breathing. The baby keeps amassing fat under his skin for heat storage. His vestibular sensory organs are fully developed, thus he knows whether he is upside down or right up inside the womb. White blood cells start to produce in his blood to defend him from illnesses.
The glucose stress test is administered around week 24-25 to rule out gestational diabetes. The good news is that this type of diabetes ceases after giving birth. However, the susceptibility of becoming diabetic in the following 6-8 years following the pregnancy is higher among those who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
You might experience a sudden worsening of eyesight or an intolerance of contact lenses, which might be caused by hormonal changes. If you notice any of these symptoms and have not been to an optometrist during your pregnancy, it is time to have a consultation.
Take it easy. In the upcoming weeks your energy might drain quicker and you are prone to feeling more tired than usual. Try to work less and relax a lot, even if you feel all right.