7 months 3 weeks
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Your body is getting ready for bringing your baby into the world. The breasts might leak a creamy/yellowish watery substance as they prepare for breast feeding. Practice contractions, called Braxton Hicks can also be felt as the uterus gets ready. To most pregnant women, they feel only a slight tightening of the uterus. Five or six per hour may be a sign of preterm labour, so do keep a mental note. The eighth month of pregnancy has also brought about a growth spurt, most visibly in terms of fat accumulation. Most likely, the baby is now vertical – head down and feet towards your chest cavity.
सप्तमे मासि तसमाच्च नित्यक्लान्ताऽत्र गर्भिणी सर्वधात्वांगसंपुर्णो वातपित्तकफान्वितः। (काश्यप संहिता)
Ayurveda says development of all the dhatu and body parts and is completely associated with vata-pitta-kapha.
The little one’s brain connections are maturing at a rapid pace. These connections are between individual nerve cells. With these billions of connections getting formed, the baby is able to process information, respond to variations in light and obtain signals from all five senses.
The baby is sleeping for longer now. This sleep is specifically REM sleep. The brain appears to cycle every 20 to 40 minutes between REM sleep, in which brain activity rivals that of consciousness, and non-REM sleep, in which the brain rests.
Baby’s got work to do! He is making faces, hiccupping, swallowing, breathing, moving those little hands and feet along your uterine wall, and even sucking his thumb. Did you know that some babies suck their thumbs so much hile in the womb that they're born with a little blister on their thumbs?!
Around this week, the ultrasound can pick up the tiny movements of your baby's eyelids blinking. Right now, they blink very slowly—approximately 6 to 15 times an hour (compared to adults, who blink 19–20 times per minute).
As the lungs continue to mature, your baby is still working on those breathing skills. Breathing movements increase from 10% to 20% at 28 weeks to 30% to 40% after 30 weeks.
The baby is still in the ‘very preterm’ category. With each week that a baby completes in utero, the chances of survival without disabilities related to prematurity get better.
The baby’s reproductive system is maturing. In boys, testicles are moving from the kidneys through the groin to the scrotum. In girls, her clitoris is visible, but her labia are still growing to cover it.
At this time, your uterus is about 4 inches above your belly button. This position of your growing uterus is pushing all the internal organs out of its way and that is crowding your diaphragm and lungs. They cannot expand completely anymore. While you might be huffing and puffing, your baby is completely comfortable because he’s getting his oxygen from the placenta.
You will feel better in a few weeks when your baby drops down into your pelvis in preparation for delivery. Have smaller meals and sleep on your left side so that your lungs have more space.
This week, if you notice leaking of colostrum, or "premilk," from your breasts, it is normal. You can put nursing pads into your bra to avoid stains.
With the belly protruding, your posture has changed. This, along with hormones that are loosening your joints can make you clumsy. To make things worse, your pregnancy brain has made you foggy and forgetful. Don’t get distracted (mostly, by your phone) while climbing stairs, remove carpets that you can trip over and be careful in the shower.
You may find yourself tossing in bed due to leg cramps, heartburn, and frequent urination. Or, just anxiety about impending labour.
The nails are growing faster and are also more easily breakable. Use oil to keep them moisturized.
Try closing your eyes and meditating to calming music. The iMumz App has many options. If you’re at work, close your eyes and put your feet up for 15 minutes.
The large bowel also has decreased motility, which leads to increased water absorption and constipation. You might also be taking less fiber and fluid than recommended when you’re pregnant, leading to constipation. Congestion of the pelvic vessels combined with increased abdominal pressure with bowel movements secondary to constipation can lead to hemorrhoids. Download the iMumz App for diets to manage pregnancy conditions.
Tips to combat fatigue
The iMumz App has helpful tips in its feed section and the nutrient rich weekly diet plans backed by Ayurvedic science base to help you manage pregnancy fatigue.
Now that you are in the third trimester, you'll have a prenatal appointment every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, then you'll have a prenatal visit once a week during the last month until you deliver.
Whether or not she asks, let your doctor know about any symptoms you're having, even if they seem like the usual fatigue, irritability, or aches and pains.
Be sure to also let your doctor know if you notice your baby is less active than usual (she'll ask you to count baby's movements for a set period of time each day).
One mineral that we don’t know that much about is Phosphorus. It makes sure that you have strong bones. In fact, 85% of all the phosphorus in your body is inside your bones. Phosphorus also plays a pretty significant role in performing muscle contractions, kidney functionality, blood clotting, nerve conduction, cellular and tissue repair, and maintaining a normal heart rhythm. It also helps the body to generate and use energy.
Proper Phosphorus Dosage
The amount of phosphorus that a woman needs varies from person to person. Everyone’s requirements are slightly different, but there are some standard averages:
Women aged 19 and older – 700 milligrams (mg) a day.
Women aged 18 and younger – 1,250 mg a day.
Here is a recipe to give you a good boost of Phosphorus:
Apples in Custard
Make custard, replacing sugar with jaggery powder. It may not thicken as well as it does with sugar, but mind you, it's healthier!
Put the oven to heat to 180C. Pour the custard into a large baking dish. As the oven heats, place the sliced apples in some orange zest and juice, cinnamon and jaggery powder.
Then, arrange the apples, cut-side up, on top of the custard and drizzle with any extra juice from the bowl. Sprinkle over some granola and bake for 30 mins, until the apples are soft and piping hot.
You can serve with dark chocolate, another good source of phosphorus.
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.
Do you feel exhausted especially towards evenings?. It’s normal to be tired in this trimester. After all, your body is working hard to create a new life. In addition, your fatigue might be made worse by the fact that you’re finding it harder to get a good night’s sleep.
Try to lie down, listen to Yog Nidra on the iMumz App 3-4 times during the day.
Give your daily diet another look and pack it with more nutrients. Try Yoga on the iMumz App to give you a little energy boost.
If your fatigue is extreme and is making you anxious, do tell your doctor about it.
Your baby has grown quite a bit by your 31st week, and your body is doing a lot of hard work. Backache, fatigue and nausea remain to be normal symptoms. Try to ease your discomfort with stretches and Yoga.
As your muscles and ligaments tire from the extra weight you're carrying, some women can experience intense lower back pain.
Another frequent cause of back pain could be the position of the baby. Positions such as occiput posterior (when a baby is facing the mother's abdomen) can cause pressure from the baby's head to be applied to the mother's sacrum (the tailbone).
If you feel severe pain. pain that lasts more than 2 weeks or cramps that occur at regular intervals and gradually intensify, see your doctor, immediately.
You should have ghee and badam sheera once your labour begins.
Nope! That’s not going to help in any way. If anything, it may give you loose motions.
Reading stories building language skills and values in the baby,
The stories you read to your baby evoke specific emotions in her. When you speak in a pattern of rhyming lines and give each sentence and dialogue its accompanying expression, the baby learns what voice modulation means. She also becomes alert and responds to it.
If you read to your baby daily, she starts recognizing your voice and loving it. After birth, just your voice can soothe her. In certain cases, babies also pick up newer words and understand their meanings pretty early in their lives.
After 31 weeks, the baby can also react to your voice and any other actions frequently. This means your baby’s cognitive development is also progressing rapidly, and you can enhance it by listening to the right music and reading stories that benefit him.
Let’s introduce the value of ‘loyalty’ this week. Need a good collection of stories? The iMumz App has a huge library of stories that convey good virtues and values. Prepare a beautiful bedtime story routine with the iMumz App.
The iMumz App has story-telling, music and talk to baby sections to help mums connect with babies for their all-round development.
The award-winning iMumz App is helping 350,000 + women make their pregnancies healthier and happier.
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