7 months and 2 weeks
10 more weeks to go
Skinny no more! Fat deposits are making the baby plump. He has assumed the head-down position and will continue to descend further down into mum’s pelvis. A major focus area for growth is the baby's rapidly developing brain. Till now, the baby had a white, greasy coating on the skin. This ‘vernix’ and the downy hair called ‘lanugo’ start to disappear from now. The little lungs are developing nicely at this stage but this is one organ that definitely needs more weeks to mature. The kidneys are fully functioning: their output is mixing with the amniotic fluid which is steadily increasing. You may not be sleeping too well and could also be getting vivid and disturbing dreams.
सप्तमे मासि तसमाच्च नित्यक्लान्ताऽत्र गर्भिणी सर्वधात्वांगसंपुर्णो वातपित्तकफान्वितः। (काश्यप संहिता)
Ayurveda says the baby’s whole body gets completely associated with vata, pitta and kapha.
You would have noticed the baby's hiccups for some time now but, this is the time when they increase. They don’t bother the baby. On the contrary, these rhythmic movements work out the respiratory muscles nicely. From Week 30 of pregnancy, hiccups stimulate the brain and help in its development, experts feel.
The so-far smooth surface of the baby’s brain is now getting wrinkly. These wrinkles (convolutions) add to the surface area of the brain so that it can add more brain cells. These convolutions have grooves and indentations and are enabling the brain to add more tissue.
The little one’s ability to see in the dark is improving. He can spot hazy shapes since the pupils have learnt to constrict and expand, allowing his eyes to change the amount of light to be let in.
From week 30 onwards, your baby will gain about a half pound each week. Now that all of his critical body systems are in place and functioning, he needs padding to protect and insulate his organs. This fat tissue will also help him regulate his body temperature after birth and provide the energy he needs. This fat is making him grow bigger, and that will slow down his movements.
This week marks the beginning of another big change. Your baby's bone marrow has completely taken over production of red blood cells. So far, tissue groups and the spleen were producing the blood cells. This is an important step for your baby because it means she'll be better able to thrive on her own once she's born.
A burning sensation in your chest, a side effect of indigestion will bother you. It is because the same pregnancy hormones that cause your body's pelvic muscles to relax so you can deliver your baby also relax the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. This makes the food you eat and digestive juices travel back, especially when you lie down.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is often associated with repetitive computer work, but it’s also a common problem in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. According to a study, about 62% of expecting mothers report symptoms of CTS.
Pregnancy-related weight gain and water retention can put pressure on the median nerve in your wrist causing pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in your hands and fingers. It can also make grasping objects difficult.
Since the baby is getting bigger, kicks may get replaced with full-body wiggles. The baby is likely to get more active after you’ve had a meal. The space is reducing, hence strong kicks may reduce. But, please keep counting baby movements and call the doctor if you notice a change.
Apart from a lucky few, almost all pregnant women suffer this. So, do take breaks from walking and standing. Keep your legs up on a stool and ask daddy to give a foot massage with warm coconut oil. Wear comfortable shoes when you are stepping out.
This is the final ‘stretch’ and the skin will stretch even more. These pinkish streaks around stomachs, breasts, or hips happen when collagen and elastin (the fibres that keep your skin taut) stretch and snap due to the pressure of rapid weight gain. Stay hydrated and put a cream on your belly. Avoid scratching it!
Do milk / milk products make your stomach upset? Here are some Ayurvedic options for those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Buttermilk : Add a pinch of sendha (rock salt), hing (asafoetida), 2-3 leaves of garden mint and fresh coriander leaves, chillies(optional).
Buttermilk prepared with the ayurvedic method is excellent for lactose intolerant pregnant women.
How to make: Use fresh curd (set for 6-7 hours), the ratio of curd to water should be 1:4 (1 part curd and 4 parts of water), churn well with the wooden churner after adding each part of water. Skim the white butter till you get only the watery part. Mix the above said ingredients and the vedic buttermilk is ready.
Coconut milk Ayurveda recommends adding coconut milk in the diet at 7th and 8th month. This helps to nourish the baby's skin, improve the complexion and improve the foetal weight.
How to make: Take pieces of fresh coconut. Put it in the grinder. Grind well. Add some water if required. Grind again. Squeeze the paste to extract milk either through a cotton cloth or a seiver. consume when fresh.
We have curated several pregnancy lifestyle sessions and expert-led webinars to help mums to prepare their bodies for delivery.
Having an ultrasound done in the 30th week is not essential, but some doctors may do it. The scan will show clearly demarcated features and eyes that are open. The shape of the lips is also clear. If you are lucky, you may spot those hands, open or gripping a leg.
In your routine prenatal visit, your weight, blood pressure, urine for protein and sugar, foetal growth, position of the baby and foetal heart rate will be checked.
Other tests that may be done, based on your unique pregnancy:
In the third trimester, pregnancy hunger can diminish as your baby crowds your internal organs, including your stomach. You'll still need to eat more calories than you did before pregnancy, which means you'll likely want to eat smaller, more frequent meals to satisfy your nutritional needs. So, here is a snacking suggestion that can help you break a single meal into two snacky meals.
Chop and roast / air fry vegetables and have them with a nice dip. First, let's separate the firm vegetables from the tender ones.
Firm vegetables are potato, sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, beetroot, broccoli, and cauliflower. Tender vegetables are onions, zucchini, capsicum, brussels sprouts (halved). beans.
Just slice the vegetables and keep aside. Starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes need to be soaked (or at least rinsed thoroughly) before air frying. This removes the surface starch and helps them to get that deliciously crispy texture, so don’t skip this step!
Add salt and pepper, and a tiny amount of olive oil. Rub in well.
When ready to snack, just toss them in the fryer and let them roast.
Get ready to dig in, but first, how about a nice, home-made dip for flavour? Here are some options:
• 3/4 cup hung curd
• 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
• 1/4 cup chopped coriander
• 1 tbsp tandoori masala
• A pinch of sugar
• Salt to taste
• 1 cup curd, strained for an hour
• 1 cup grated cucumber
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 tbsp fresh dill (sua), minced
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• Salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Spring Onion Dip
• 1/3 cup thick chilled curd
• 1/4 cup chopped spring onions (whites and greens)
• 1/4 tsp chopped garlic
• 1/4 tsp chopped green chillies
• A pinch of cumin (jeera) powder
• 1/4 tsp jaggery powder
• 1/4 tsp mustard (rai) powder
• Salt to taste
iMumz provides micro nutrients week by week for your pregnancy nutrition. Diet charts and recipes are made by mothers to give your daily dose of health for your baby and you.
Leaking urine, or incontinence is quite common in the final trimester. About 54 % percent of pregnant women suffer from it.
There are several types of urinary incontinence:
Worried if it could be amniotic fluid that is leaking? If it’s appearing intermittently and in smaller amounts, it’s probably urine. When amniotic fluid leaks, it comes in much larger amounts (often described as a “gush”) and is continuous. The presence of a white waxy or dark green substance is also indicative of amniotic fluid.
Diarrhoea during the third trimester is not as uncommon and is more likely to happen as you approach your due date. It could be a sign that labour is near, and it can occur right before labour or a couple of weeks before labour.
In the third trimester, the chemical prostaglandin, which causes your uterus to contract, can also cause diarrhoea.
Get immediate medical care if you have stools that contain blood or pus, and / or, the diarrhea has gone on for 48 hours, or you had six or more loose stools in a 24-hour period.
Keep away from foods that could make the problem worse: dried fruits, fatty or spicy foods and milk, especially if you're lactose intolerant.
You should also see a doctor if you suspect food poisoning: listeriosis, an infection caused by eating food contaminated with listeria, can pass through the placenta and put your baby at risk.
Having coconut water after the 7th month will make the baby's hair thick and luxurious..
Your baby's hair strength and texture purely depend on genetic factors. Drinking coconut water does not show any impact on the hair growth of your baby.
This is the period when your baby can hear you better and recognize voices of other family members, too. . The pregnant mother’s voice is the first one the baby hears. When you address the baby directly, when she is in the womb, she will bond deeply with you and it will help you soothe her after birth.
Other benefits of talking to your baby during pregnancy can give him or her a sense of security and ease any stress while in the womb. It can also help with speech and language development. While hearing voices in utero, the baby can start to understand and remember words. They sometimes can even tell the difference between other languages.
The iMumz App has the amazing talk-to-baby pre-recorded audios which will help plan your own ‘talk-to-baby’ time.
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