Pregnancy Seventh Month

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The fetus at seven months is becoming more baby-like. Time to start thinking about maternity leaves and birth plans, as you enter the third trimester!

CHANGES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE

  • Your feet or hands may start cramping.
  • You may experience more movement of your baby.
  • Your joints may feel looser due to softening in preparation for birth.
  • Many women experience Braxton Hicks contractions (non-productive contractions) starting in the seventh month.

HOW YOUR BABY IS DEVELOPING
Your baby is starting to develop fat under his or her skin. Baby’s now almost 12 inches long and weighs between two and four pounds. Your child can now see, hear and taste, and the brain and nervous system are growing rapidly.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PRENATAL VISIT THIS MONTH

  • Monitoring of your weight, blood pressure and urine, as well as the baby’s growth and position, will continue.
  • Women who are Rh-negative may receive a shot of Rhogam at this time to prevent complications later.
  • Stretch marks may appear as the skin continues to stretch.
  • You may start seeing your caregiver more frequently at this point. Most start out with checkups every other week once you’re seven months pregnant.
  • Now is the time to talk to your caregiver about your birth vision. Discuss your feelings about pain management, fetal monitoring, episiotomies and breastfeeding at this time. Just remember these plans are just a blueprint, which can be adjusted as necessary during labor and delivery to protect the well being of mom and baby.
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