If your baby is born now there is a 99% chance that he / she will survive, so if you have had anxiety related to premature delivery you can now relax. In a way, you may feel as if you have already bonded with the baby growing inside of you, but that bond will only grow stronger once he or she arrives. Bonding - the intense attachment that develops between you and your baby - often occurs in the minutes and days after birth, but it may also develop over time. Bonding not only makes you want to protect your baby and shower him or her with affection, but it also fosters your baby's sense of security in the world outside your womb.
You may notice a distinct numbness in your pelvic region, this is due to the pressure from the baby and this may not resolve until your baby is born.
Your baby's total length is around 45 cm and he weighs about 2.5kg, but this week begins your baby's most rapid period of weight gain - about 220 -340 grams each week! Fat is being deposited all over your baby's body, especially around the shoulders.
Because of your baby's increasing size, he or she is now cramped and restricted inside the uterus so fetal movements may decrease, but they may be stronger and more forceful. Your baby's head, if he or she is in a head-first position, is also resting on your pubic bone in preparation for labor.
Make sure you are chatting to your baby, his / her hearing will be fully developed and voice recognition may be possible. Your partner might enjoy singing or reading to baby as a means of bonding with him or her in utero.
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