Exciting days are in store for you. You can watch it on 4D ultrasound records how your baby clenches his fist, sucks his thumb or yawns. Apart from the usual prenatal care, you will cover some interesting topics during the midwife consultation.
The expectant mother
The skin on your belly might be itching sometimes as a result of the stretch. To make it better use cocoa butter, olive or wheat germ oil, but avoid anything that contains synthetic ingredients because they are not good for the baby. If the itch keeps up for a long time, notify your treating doctor. If you notice skin disfigurations that look like nettle rash, it might be a sign of liver problems which should be investigated.
The baby is now 32 centimeters long and weighs 800 grams. On the ultrasound record, you can see him lying in the so-called fetal position with his hands balled into fists in front of his chest and his knees pulled up. He sleeps a lot, even up to 16-20 hours a day. He drinks more and more from the amniotic fluid and his weight gain continues. Sometimes you might sense him hiccupping, which is perfectly normal. This week he opens his eyes for the first time and might react to strong light. His eye color is blue or grayish blue now, but this can change in the six months following his birth. Owing to the development of his brain he can feel pain just as much as he will after birth.
This week you have to receive prenatal care again. By this time the baby is big and active enough so if you have a 4D ultrasound examination, it will be quite spectacular and unforgettable for both you and the father. At our antenatal course you can meet your midwife who will give you useful advice on your required diet and lifestyle for the remaining art of your pregnancy at the consultation.
Many pregnant women suffer from nightly leg cramps during these days. By this time, sleeping is hard enough without having to wake up to cramps. Fortunately these pains can be alleviated and even ceased completely by supplementing your body with calcium. However, if a cramp still occurs pull the head of your foot back towards your tibia to relax your muscles and ease the pain quickly.
Time flies by fast, so if you plan to travel anywhere, the time is now to do it as several countries do not let you enter if you are 28 weeks pregnant or more to avoid you giving birth there. (The reason is that getting citizenship for your child is problematic if he is born abroad.) Both you and the baby’s father deserve a little holiday, so if you have a chance to relax, do not pass it up.