Your baby is growing taller and fatter by the day. This week, the baby measures over 16.7 inches tall and weighs about 2 pounds 7 ounces (1250 g).
The baby is filling out with layers of fat and everything is growing and maturing. Over the next three months, the baby will double in size, so this is when the baby will have a big growth spurt!
As your baby grows and has less room to move about, you may feel a change in activity as your baby's movements become smaller. The kind of movement isn't as important as the frequency. Talk to your doctor for instruction on how to monitor your baby's movements.
For some women, falling -- and staying -- asleep at night can be a real challenge. Leg cramps, anxiety, extra weight, and occasional kicking all contribute to sleepless nights. Here are some suggestions to make nighttime dreamy:
Six to eight percent of all pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia. Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy. If left untreated, this condition can lead to complications in you and your baby. To ensure that you and your little one stay safe and healthy, try to learn all you need can about preeclampsia.
Symptoms of preeclampsia can include:
Note that some swelling of the feet and ankles is considered normal during pregnancy.
Symptoms of severe preeclampsia include:
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of preeclampsia during your pregnancy.
If you'll be having a baby shower, now is the time to register for all the itty-bitty clothes and baby necessities you've ever dreamed of - stroller, bouncy seat, car seat, high chair, bathtub, play mat, and more. Start by asking friends and family with kids for suggestions. Then view items online or stroll down the aisles of a few of your favorite stores to see the real thing and choose where you want to register.
Reviewed By: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.