Now that your baby is taller than 18 inches and weighs more than 5 and 1/4 pounds, there’s not much room for her to move around. Because it’s so tight down there she’s not going to be moving around so much but the kicks will remain about the same. Her liver is now able to process some waste and her kidneys are fully developed. She’s going to be spending the next few weeks just gaining weight.
When you conceived, your uterus was under your pelvis. Now, when you’re almost done your pregnancy it’s under your rib cage. At this point there’s more baby than amniotic fluid. Your uterus is so large that it’s crowding your other internal organs and because of this you’re going to have to urinate more often and you may also have heartburn.
Starting from now you’re going to see your doctor everyday. Sometime between now and 37 weeks your doctor will do a rectal and vaginal culture to test for a bacteria called GBS Group B streptococci. Usually GBS is harmless but if it does get passed on to your baby during birth it can cause pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Between 10 to 30 percent of women have this bacteria and don’t know about it that’s why it’s crucial to be screened. If you are a carrier of this bacteria then you will receive IV antibiotics during labor which will reduce your baby’s risks of infection.
In response to the question, “How often should i feel my baby moving?” – Molly O. from Miami
Every baby has her own pattern and her own pace and there is no correct one. There is no reason to be concerned unless you see a major change in pace or activity. If you notice a change call your doctor.
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