Congratulations on making it to month 7 of your pregnancy! At this stage, you are well into your third trimester and your baby is growing and developing rapidly. In this blog post, we will discuss what you can expect during month 7 of pregnancy.
As your baby continues to grow, you may notice some physical changes in your body. Your uterus is now about 3 inches above your belly button and you may feel pressure and discomfort in your lower abdomen. You may also experience more frequent urination as your baby puts pressure on your bladder.
You may also notice some swelling in your hands and feet as your body retains more fluids. This is normal, but if the swelling is severe or sudden, you should contact your healthcare provider as it could be a sign of a more serious condition.
You may also experience some shortness of breath as your growing uterus puts pressure on your diaphragm. This is normal, but if you feel like you can’t catch your breath, you should contact your healthcare provider.
During month 7, your baby is about 15 inches long and weighs around 2.5 pounds. Your baby’s skin is now pink and smooth, and their hair is starting to grow. Your baby’s lungs are also developing rapidly, and they are starting to practice breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.
Your baby’s brain is also developing quickly, and they are starting to exhibit more complex behaviors like sucking their thumb and blinking their eyes. Your baby’s digestive system is also starting to function, as they swallow amniotic fluid and begin to pass meconium, which is the first stool that your baby will pass after birth.
During month 7, you will likely have more frequent prenatal appointments with your healthcare provider. These appointments may include an ultrasound to check on your baby’s growth and development, as well as tests to monitor your blood pressure and glucose levels.
Your healthcare provider may also discuss your birth plan with you and help you prepare for labor and delivery. This can include discussing pain management options and creating a plan for after your baby is born.
It’s important to continue to take care of yourself during month 7 of pregnancy. This includes eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest. You should also continue to exercise, but make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what types of exercise are safe for you and your baby.
Month 7 of pregnancy is an exciting time as your baby continues to grow and develop. While you may experience some physical discomforts, it’s important to remember that these are normal and to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns. By taking care of yourself and your baby, you are setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.