What is happening to your baby:
- Your baby weighs about 2 kilograms.
- Your baby is about 48 centimetres long.
- Your baby’s skin colour has turned from red to pink due to increased fat accumulation.
- Your baby’s head size has increased substantially because of rapid brain growth.
- Fat continues to be deposited under the skin. This will help your baby to regulate temperature after birth.
What is happening to you:
- You may be suffering from heartburn.
- Feet and ankles may be swollen due to water retention (oedema).
- If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, experience severe headaches, abdominal pain and nausea and/or vomiting, call your doctor immediately. You may be suffering from pre-eclampsia.
What to do:
- Go shopping: Start stocking up on front-fastening nighties and clothing suitable for breastfeeding.
- Read up on or speak to your doctor about ways of relieving heartburn.
- Drink plenty of fluids to reduce water retention.