Your pregnancy is progressing and you may have trouble sleeping at night. Some claim that this is mother nature's way of preparing you for life with a new baby. Others believe it is caused by worrying about the health of your baby, labor, and/or parenting. There are also numerous physical reasons that sleep may be difficult.
For one going the bathroom every 45 minutes isn't conducive to sleep, nor is a constant backache. Try doing pelvic tilts before bed, limiting fluids after a certain time, and being tired when you go to bed. You should start putting the final touches to your knowledge base of labor.
Your baby weighs about 4 pounds 12 ounces (2.15 kilograms) right now, although later in pregnancy there is more room for variation than in the beginning of pregnancy. Your baby is putting on an average of .5 pounds a week at this point. The length is reaching 18 inches from head to toe, as opposed to the earlier measurements from crown to rump. All organ systems have been present for a long time, now they are just putting on the final touches before birth. Did you know that during the last six weeks of pregnancy your baby's brain doubles in size?
If you haven't enjoyed playing the "kicking game" with your baby do so now. Typically when you hold your hand on mom's belly you'll feel the baby kick. Try tapping back and see how your baby responds.
This week we hear from other readers about when their baby dropped in preparation for labor and delivery. How did it feel? When did it happen? Get the scoop on your baby dropping and what it means.
About 35% of twins will be born by this point, 80% of triplets, compared to 5% of singletons. Have you read the multiple birth stories.
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