Welcome to their third and final trimester of your pregnancy. You are almost done with pregnancy and will soon be able to hold your little one in your arms rather than just dreaming of that day. Your baby is getting ready for life on the outside as well.
Your Pregnancy This Month: 7 Months Pregnant
As you enter the third and final trimester of pregnancy you are probably looking forward to getting this little baby out of your body. It is getting bigger by the week which will make you a little bigger and a little more uncomfortable as time goes on. Your baby is really developing now. By the end of the month it will be almost as long as it will be at birth, although it will continue to get bigger and fatter as you get closer to delivery. Your baby is still going to at least double its weight before its ready to come into the world.
Varicose veins are very common during pregnancy. If you haven’t had them before they are bulging swollen blood vessels that will start to appear on your legs and ankles. They aren’t comfortable or pretty, so try to avoid getting them as much as possible by watching your weight and avoiding lifting heavy items. You may also be experiencing headaches, backaches and constipation. Many people also find that it is difficult to sleep at night.
What To Watch Out For: 7 Months Pregnant
- Braxton Hicks Contractions – Many moms to be experience Braxton Hicks contractions during the third trimester. Some even start to get them during the second trimester. If you experience these you will feel a tightening of your uterine muscles for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. These contractions are not real labor but will give a little practice and a better idea of what to expect when it is time for baby to arrive.
- Headaches – If you are getting headaches occasionally during your pregnancy it isn’t anything to worry about. Try to take a quick rest in a dark cool room. Other women find that a cool shower or compress can help relieve the pain.
Helpful Tips: 7 Months Pregnant
During the third trimester of pregnancy it is important to keep track of your baby’s movements since they can help you to notice if there are any problems with baby. Try to lie on your side and count each movement. It is a good idea to do this once in the morning and once in the evening. Count any and every movement. If you have less than 10 movements in 2 hours give your doctor a call just to make sure that everything is okay with baby.
Now is a good time to start thinking about whether or not you will be saving your baby’s cord blood. This blood contains stem cells which are useful for research and in some medical treatments. Find out more about cord blood banking and if it is the right choice for you and your baby.
Pregnancy Must Haves: 7 Months Pregnant
- Notepad – Many women notice that their memory starts to fade during the third trimester of pregnancy. Don’t worry about the memory loss it is actually quite normal and is due to the pregnancy hormones and a decreased brain cell volume during the third trimester. To make sure that you remember important appointments and your grocery list simply get in the practice of writing things down.
- Delivery Bag – While delivery is still a couple of months down the road it is a good time to start putting together a few essentials for when the baby comes and you have to rush off to the hospital. If you start gathering now you will have plenty of time to pick up any things you need and will be ready well before baby comes. You can pack anything you think you will need, but you will definitely want your medical and insurance information, socks or slippers for walking the hospital halls and toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also want to throw in a few snacks just in case you or the dad to be gets hungry during the many hours you may spend at the hospital.
Now that you are in the third trimester you might start to feel a little clumsier and bulkier. Remember that this is a good thing. As you get bigger, so does baby. Your discomfort is essential as your little one prepares for life outside of your body and in the world.