- The baby can open and close her eyes and suck her thumb.
- The baby exercises by kicking and stretching.
- The baby responds to light and sound.
- The baby is now about 15 to 16 inches long and weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds.
- If your ankles and feet swell from standing, lie down with your feet raised. If your hands and face swell suddenly, call your health care provider.
- Stretch marks may appear on the abdomen and breasts as they get bigger.
- You may have contractions. This is normal, but call your health care provider if you have more than five contractions in one hour.
- As your belly gets bigger, you may lose your sense of balance. This makes it easier to fall. Be careful!
Prenatal Care Guide
- After the 28th week, visit your health care provider every two weeks for prenatal care.
- Eat a variety of foods that are good for you. You should gain 1 pound a week this month.
- Get plenty of rest—your body is working hard.
- Start childbirth education classes if you haven’t already done so.
- Most health care providers do a blood test for gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) at 24 to 28 weeks.
Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes