Your baby now weighs about 4 pounds and all five senses work. The final touches are being placed. Fingernails and toenails have grown. Eyelashes, eyebrows and the hair on your baby’s head are evident. The lanugo hair that has covered your baby since the first trimester is falling off, although some may remain on the shoulders and back at birth.
The position of your uterus, about 5 inches above your navel, may start to cause you some heart burn and constipation, indigestion and breathlessness. You can combat this by drinking plenty water, eating small meals and ensuring that you are getting enough fiber in your diet.
Are you experiencing symptoms such as sudden weight gain, headaches, or changes in vision? These symptoms might mean you have preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that causes high blood pressure and may affect the mother and fetus during the second and third trimesters.
Preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which can cause seizures, coma or even maternal or fetal death. During your prenatal visits, your health care provider will monitor your blood pressure, urine and swelling. If you experience any warning signs of preeclampsia, talk to your health care provider right away.
Revision date: July 8, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD