Your baby is nearing 3 pounds now and measuring about 10.8 inches (27cm). The eyelids are now fully blinking. Bone marrow is now responsible for the production of red blood cells.
Your baby continues to gain weight and layers of fat. This fat makes the baby look less wrinkly and will help keep your baby warm after birth.
In preparation for respiration after birth, your baby will mimic breathing movements by repeatedly moving the diaphragm. These movements are rhythmic and may even cause your baby to get a case of hiccups if amniotic fluid is accidentally inhaled.
Let’s talk about your body complaints. Is sleeping still uncomfortable? Doctors recommend sleeping on your left side.
Constipation is another common complaint. The pregnancy hormones that allow you to maintain your pregnancy also slow the digestive process considerably. Exercising regularly and eating foods high in fiber, such as vegetables, beans and whole grains, are great ways to keep everything regular.
Revision date: June 11, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD