Pregnancy: Weeks 25 to 28
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Get ready to talk to your tummy! Your little one is probably able to hear and recognize your voice by month seven. Here's what to expect during weeks twenty-five to twenty-eight.
Transcript: As you near the end of your second trimester, you're probably unlikely to call your condition "comfortable!"...
As you near the end of your second trimester, you're probably unlikely to call your condition "comfortable!" But you can be proud of your baby's progress in this month. He or she is really growing now! By the end of your 28th week, your baby will weight in at around two and a half pounds, with a length of about 16 inches. Your baby is starting to develop blood vessels in the lungs, bringing them even closer to working on their own. In addition, the nostrils are opening, allowing him or her to practice breathing. Your baby's eyes, which have been closed up to this point, will open this month, so he or she will be even more sensitive to light than before. In addition, your previously transparent baby is turning pinker. This happens as his or her tiny capillaries begin to fill with blood. While your baby has had the capacity to hear muffled sounds for some time, stronger nerves leading to the ear and advanced brain-wave activity are now developing. That means that your baby may be able to hear and respond to your voice! So try reading and talking to your tummy this month. What else is going on in there? When not practicing for life outside your body, your baby is sleeping. And brain wave scans show that he or she is experiencing dreams. Aside from that protruding navel...which occurs when your uterus swells enough to push your abdomen forward...what else will you notice during your seventh month? As unpleasant as it may be, if you're like more than half of pregnant women, you're experiencing an embarrassing pregnancy symptom on the backside: hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids, which are really varicose veins in your rectal wall, can cause itching and pain, especially during a bowel movement. They occur as increased blood flow to the pelvic area causes swelling. For hemorrhoid relief, increase your fluid and fiber intake to ensure that you don't become constipated. Over-the-counter hemorrhoidal creams or a witch hazel compress may also help. As you enter your third trimester at this month's end, you will probably notice an increase in edema, or swelling, to your hands, feet, and ankles. Another unpleasant symptom that some women notice this month is sciatica, a sharp pain that radiates from the buttocks to the legs. Sciatica pain may occur as your fetus grows and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve in your spine. Gentle stretching exercises, physical therapy, or massage may ease the pain. Two trimesters down...one to go! Before you know it, your baby will be in your arms and annoying symptoms, from swelling to sciatica, will be a distant memory.More »
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There are a number of important physical and sensory changes your baby will go through during week 19 of pregnancy. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Your baby is experiencing some serious sensory action this week as the brain develops specialized areas...
Your baby is experiencing some serious sensory action this week as the brain develops specialized areas for each of the five senses. Aside from the sensory explosion, your baby begins to grow a white, waxy skin coating this week. Called vernix caseosa, this coating ensures your fetus's delicate skin doesn't become scratched or pickled in its bed of amniotic fluid. If your baby arrives prematurely, he or she may still be coated with an entire layer of vernix, although most babies will shed much of this pre-birth. In addition, this week brings about the development of brown fat, which will help keep your fetus warm after birth. About now, your baby is the size of a large heirloom tomato, weighing about 8 1/2 ounces and measuring six inches. In other news, your little one is essentially proportional now, from the legs to the arms to the head. The organs are well-developed and become easier to view sonographically Your fetus's kidneys continue to make urine and the mini-lungs continue to "breathe" amniotic fluid. For more on your little one's developmental progress, get your weekly play by play right here.More »
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Week 20 marks the middle of your pregnancy. Check out what is in store for you in the coming few weeks by watching this video.
Transcript: Congratulations, mom-to-be! You're halfway through your pregnancy, and your baby continues to grow,...
Congratulations, mom-to-be! You're halfway through your pregnancy, and your baby continues to grow, grow, grow. At this point, you may notice that the top of your uterus, the fundus, is about level with your belly button. In baby news, your little one will be less bent over, so from now on we will measure size from head to toe, instead of from head to rump. And this week's head to toe measurement is about ten inches, or the LENGTH of a banana. Your baby is also about 10 to 11 ounces now! These days, your little one is swallowing more amniotic fluid, which is great practice for your fetus' developing digestive system. And your baby has also started producing meconium, a black, sticky, tar-like stool composed of materials ingested while in utero like mucus, amniotic fluid, bile and epithelial cells. Because it accumulates in the bowels, you'll notice meconium in your baby's first diaper, though your baby may even pass some during birth. Check back in next week to see what your busy baby has in store!More »
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Week 21 of your pregnancy will see a number of exciting changes in your baby. Check out this video and find out about the changes your baby will go through.
Transcript: Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole...
Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole new lesson in self-reliance. Although your baby still gets most of his or her nourishment directly from you via the placenta, your little one's intestines have further developed, and your baby will begin absorbing small amounts of sugar from the amniotic fluid. During week 21, your ever-growing fetus weighs about of a pound and is comparable to a carrot's ten and a half inches in length. If you're having a little girl, her vaginal canal will start to form this week. And no matter your fetus's sex, his or her bone marrow spaces are now developed enough to start making red blood cells. Previously, this was done by your baby's liver and spleen, but both of these organs will retire red blood cell production in the coming weeks. Phew! If you think this week was interesting, check back to see the surprises that wait in week 22!More »
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During week 22 of fetal development, your baby will start sucking on its thumb. Check out this video for more information about this developmental stage.
Transcript: This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve...
This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve endings are almost fully formed, he or she will begin experimenting with this newfound sense! As such, an ultrasound may show your baby stroking his face, sucking her thumb, or feeling other body parts. And now that your fetus has officially hit the one pound, 11-inch mark, he'll really start to look like a person this week. Of course, he's still covered with that downy coating of lanugo, and he also sports deep wrinkles of skin on his body. But don't worry: Before your fetus is ready to be born, he'll shed that fur and will also fill in the wrinkles with oh-so-pinchable baby fat! In other developments, a baby girl's vagina is almost fully formed now, while a boy's testes will begin to descend this week. And deep within your baby's belly, the pancreas continues to grow and get ready to produce vital hormones. Want to know more? Check back right here for your weekly fetal development update!More »
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During week 23 of pregnancy, you'll become more aware of your baby's movements. Find out more about this by watching the video.
Transcript: Can you believe that just a few weeks ago you could barely discern your baby's fluttering movements?...
Can you believe that just a few weeks ago you could barely discern your baby's fluttering movements? By now, there's no doubt that you'll feel your little martial artist as he or she kicks, squirms, and somersaults in your belly. In fact, you'll be so attuned to your little one's movements that you'll know your fetus's sleep/wake schedules. This can be frustrating if they're different from your own, but just look at this as great practice for your baby's eventual arrival! The reason it's so easy to feel your fetus now is that your baby is much bigger. In fact, your little one weighs in at about one pound. And as your baby grows, he continues to prepare for the real world with ever keener senses. In particular, your fetus's hearing will allow him to discern loud, disruptive noises, like the dog barking or the vacuum cleaner. Exposure to these sounds in the womb will mean that your baby will unlikely be fazed by them once he arrives-which is good news for you! For more on your baby's impressive development, check back right here for your weekly video update.More »
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During week 24 of pregnancy, your baby will get a sense of its movement and position. Check out this video for more information.
Transcript: You probably won't know whether your baby is floating upside down or right side up-but as of this week,...
You probably won't know whether your baby is floating upside down or right side up-but as of this week, he or she sure will! As the development of the inner ear becomes complete, this important component of the vestibular system enhances the baby's sense of movement and position. In addition, your rapidly growing fetus has gained four ounces since last week, and he's now about the length of an ear of corn. While your baby is in utero, he receives oxygen through your placenta, but you both know that won't always be the case. To prepare for the work of taking in oxygen once he's born, your baby's lungs are beginning to produce surfactant. Surfactant is a substance that keeps the air sacs in the lungs from collapsing or sticking together during breathing. In addition, your fetus's brain and taste buds are continuing to grow and develop during your 24th week. To see what's in store for your baby's continued development, check back next week for your newest video update!More »
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Did you know that by fetal development week 26 your baby measures more than 12 inches? Find out more by watching this video.
Transcript: As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the...
As your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the big day! Sure, your fetus still looks a bit wrinkly, but that booming baby is almost two full pounds by his 26th week, and should measure somewhere around 14-inches from crown to rump, which is about the size of an English hothouse cucumber. Your fetus continues to practice for life outside the womb, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of your amniotic fluid. That little heart keeps beating a strong rhythm, which you may be able to hear with just a basic stethoscope now. Plus, the nerve pathways in your baby's ears continue to develop, and you may notice that your baby frequently jumps at loud sounds. Interesting to note, the baby also responds to strong vibrations like the bass at rock concerts. If you're not already doing so, make a point to talk to your baby from here on out, and encourage your partner to follow suit. After all, your voices are one of the first things your little one will recognize outside the womb. Check back next week to see what your baby has in store for the start of your third trimester!More »
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In fetal development week 27, your baby looks like, well, your baby…just thinner and smaller. He or she is also about this size of a cauliflower head. Learn more about what's happening to your baby.
Transcript: Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By...
Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By now, your baby looks very similar to the way he'll appear at birth, albeit thinner and smaller. And although your little one's lungs and immune system still need to fully mature, if your baby were to be born now, though not ideal, chances are that with special neo-natal care your little one would probably be OK. Of course, you want that baby to stay safe and warm inside you for a few more weeks! After all, your little one is only about 14.5 inches and a bit bigger than two pounds, rather like a head of cauliflower. And while your baby continues to grow inside you, your little one is probably sleeping and waking at regular intervals. You may notice occasional rhythmic movements in your belly during waking hours, which are just normal cases of baby hiccups. Although your fetus's eyes have been fused shut up to now, the retina, or light sensitive portion, has begun to mature. The result? Your baby's eyes will open in the next week or so, and will be able to see what's going on in the world of the womb. Excited to know what happens next? Check back for your 28th week update!More »
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Do you want to find out how much your baby weighs during fetal development week 28? Think Chinese cabbage. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something...
Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something in common with your fetus this week! It's true: Your rapidly developing baby hits the two pound, two ounce mark this week, and weighs roughly the same as this little known cabbage. In addition, your little one measures 14.8 inches from head to heels, or ten inches from crown to rump. At your next pre-natal appointment, it's possible to tell, by palpating the belly, whether your baby is lying headfirst or feet-first in your womb. Babies who are in the breech-or feet-first-position have almost three months left to turn around-and most fetuses do. Some babies may remain in the breech position and may need to be delivered via c-section. In other news, your baby's eyes are open and blinking now. In fact, your baby may sense light filtering through your stomach. Plus, that little brain is ever expanding, developing billions of tiny neurons in preparation for life outside the womb. Want to know what will happen at the beginning of your sixth month? You know where to turn for next week's facts!More »
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In week 29 of pregnancy, moms need to up their calcium intake. Watch this video to find out why fetuses need more starting now.
Transcript: Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams...
Your baby's calcium requirements increase in the third trimester; your little one will soak up 250 milligrams EVERY DAY! Calcium is deposited in your baby's ever hardening skeleton. This nutrient is so vital that your baby will leach calcium from YOUR bones if you don't meet calcium demands with your food intake! Foods like broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, whole sesame seeds, and dairy are good sources of this important nutrient. If you don't think you're getting enough in your diet, talk to your clinician about supplementation. All of this bone development should mean a continuous increase in kicks, jabs, and even little punches this week. If you notice a DECREASE in movement, however, your doctor will recommend counting your baby's movements. A healthy fetus should be moving at least ten times per hour. Your baby continues to grow during your 29th week, weighing in at a butternut squash's two and a half pounds, and measuring 15 inches from tip to toe. Additionally, those muscles, lungs and immune system continue to mature during this week. Want to know what's next on your baby's development schedule? Check back right here for your 30th week video update.More »
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Make sure you listen to some nice and soothing music during week 30 as your fetus can hear sounds. Find out what changes your baby goes through in this video.
Transcript: Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your...
Once your fetus resembled a tadpole, and then a monkey, and next a wrinkly old person-but now, your fetus looks like a real, chubby-cheeked baby! Your baby continues to put on layers of fat this week, which helps contribute to your baby's more human appearance. Your little one's still growing and weighs about three pounds at this point. Picture a head of cabbage and you'll get the idea! About a pint of amniotic fluid surrounds your baby now, although that amount will continue to decrease as your little one grows. Your baby is now quite aware of your internal surroundings. Your little one is now blinking and listening to sounds, in both his liquid environment and the exterior one that awaits him. In preparation for birth, your baby continues to practice breathing, swallowing and-by sucking on that thumb-nursing. Baby teeth are all fully formed under the gums and eyesight continues to develop. As such, premature babies born now have about a 9 in 10 chance of surviving and thriving. For more on your little one's continuing development, get your 31st week video update right here!More »
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