It is hard to imagine but your uterus has expanded to 1000 times its original size. You have a lot more baby and a lot less amniotic fluid inside your uterus. All this weight, coupled with the fact that your pelvic floor has been weakened due to increased levels of progesterone may aid in experiencing what is called 'stress' incontinence - a slight leakage of urine when straining, coughing, laughing or sneezing. This is very common and can be relieved using panty liners, they come in a range of varieties depending on your requirements. It is important to be vigilant with your pelvic floor exercises to ensure that your pelvic floor muscles regain their usual strength after your baby is born.
Starting this week, you may begin to see your LMC every week. He or she will take a urine sample to check for sugar and/or protein, and check your blood pressure and swelling. He or she will also feel your belly to check baby's size, position and the fluid around baby.
Your appetite may return because the baby is no longer putting as much pressure on your stomach and intestines, and if you've been experiencing heartburn, the baby's descent may somewhat alleviate it.
As the skin on your abdomen stretches thinner your baby will be exposed to more light. This enables your baby to develop sleep and awake cycles that relate to light.
You will be getting frustrated with the frequent visits to the toilet, however try not to drink any less water.
The wrinkly, tiny fetus you may have seen on earlier ultrasounds has given way to an almost plump baby. Fat is deposited on the cheeks this week, and powerful sucking muscles also contribute to your baby's full face. Your baby now weighs approximately 2.75kg and is about 47cm long.
Maternal calcium intake has helped to create the baby's firm skull, but it's still soft enough to deform slightly when the baby passes through the birth canal. Don't be surprised if your baby arrives with a pointy or misshapen head! After a few hours or days, your baby's head will be back to a rounded shape.
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