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Pregnancy Month by Month

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7th Month of Pregnancy
3-D ultrasound of baby hands at 28 weeks
Photo © G. McCreery

Baby’s movements at this point in pregnancy have gone from wild kicks and flurries to smaller movements as the room becomes crowded in the uterus. At about week 28 babies begin to start turning head down. This is automatic in most babies and they seem to like it that way.

Your baby can sense light and dark in the uterus. This may also effect the pattern you notice of sleep and wake cycles. The uterus is also not a silent environment. While the baby can hear your heart beat, your digestive system, etc. your baby can also hear your voice as well as others close by. Think of what you can hear in a pool.

Your baby's eye lashes are developing, as subcutaneous fat is deposited. If you have a baby boy, his testes will probably begin descending. Your baby is about 13.8 inches long (35 cms) and weighs about 2 pounds 4 ounces (1 kilogram)! A baby born at this time has a good chance of survival with the help of medical technology.

You may begin your childbirth classes this month. Slowly the focus shifts from pregnancy to birth. Don't forget to also consider what comes after the baby, postpartum. You will want to look at parenting classes in your area as well as need you may have like daycare and or other baby services. This may also be a great month to register for your baby shower gifts.

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