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Fetal development: Third Trimester

The clock is running! Learn how the fetus develops right up until birth.

Birth is approaching! At this point, the pregnancy has exhausted you — and you can’t wait to hold your new child. However, the development process is far from over. Watch how progress persists as the pregnancy unfolds.

Week 28: The eyes of the fetus are no longer restricted.

Your child is just longer than a foot and weighs roughly 40 ounces.The child can open its eyes for the first time. Although the eyes will be colored, they can change to a different color soon after birth. The fetus will slumber for about a half hour at a time. You will feel the most movement from the fetus when you are in a relaxed, immobile position.

Week 29: Fetal motion is more powerful.

The bones of the fetus are fully matured, but they are weak and delicate. This is when the fetus starts collecting things to make its bones stronger, such as calcium.As the fetus develops, its actions will become more regular and intense. A number of its kicks will surprise you.

Week 30: Fetus adds weight.

The fetus weighs nearly 3 pounds. From here, it will gain almost 8 pounds over the next 7 weeks.The fetus may exercise its respiratory system by contracting its diaphragm in a repeating pattern. If the fetus obtains a case of singultus, you can experience subtle agitation inside.

Week 31: Maturation of reproductive organs.

If the fetus is male, the testicles are progressing from the internal organs through the groin on their way into the penis. If it is a female, the clitoris has taken shape.

Although the lungs of the fetus are working, they are not completely developed. If the child is delivered this week, it will most likely require an apparatus to help it obtain oxygen. The chances of Ill-fated happenings like internal bleeding have gone down over just the last few weeks.

Week 32: The outer "downy" hair falls off.

The unborn child is now about 14 to 16 inches long and weighs about just over four pounds. Nearly all babies born around this time survive the challenges of premature birth. The lanugo (that's the layer of soft hair which has covered the child's skin for several months) will begin falling off.

As the room inside your uterus gets more and more cramped, the movements / kicks of the unborn child will be less extreme, less noticeable.  Check on the child's movements occasionally.  Contact your doctor if you notice less than ten movements in a period of two hours.

Week 33: Baby detects light.

At this point, the child's eyes will begin dilating, constricting and detecting light.  He'll keep gaining an extra half pound each weeks and his lungs will become better developed.  Be sure to show babies during this week some added attention.

Week 34: Protective coating gets thicker.

The vernix is a coating that guards the baby's skin.  During this week, it will get even thicker.  The child's downy hair which covered the child beneath the vernix previously will not be nearly all gone.

Week 35: Quick development progresses.

The fetus grows at a fast rate and accumulates fat all over its body. The cramped circumstances inside of you will prevent the baby from kicking you too hard, but you will feel plenty of movement inside.

Week 36: Sucking muscles grow strong.

The fetus is now a foot and a half long and has nearly doubled its weight in the last six weeks. New cellulite accumulations have fattened up the face of the fetus, and its forceful suction powers are ready to be used. To ready itself for delivery, the fetus might change position so its head is down.

Week 37: Fetus considered full-term.

This week marks the stage that your fetus will be deemed “full-term.” As cellulite accrues, your fetus’s shape will become rotund.

Week 38: Internal systems develop.

Your baby weighs nearly 7 pounds. The baby’s internal systems are functioning more efficiently by the day. This progression will improve throughout the child’s youth.

Week 39: Placenta will help prevent infection.

The child will have ample cellulite to keep a stable core temperature as long as you continue to provide it sustenance. The placenta will give your child proteins that will keep it from getting sick shortly after delivery. Once the child is born, breast-feeding will help replenish these proteins.

Week 40: The expecting date is here!

The fetus will be nearly 2 feet long and 120 ounces heavy.If you expecting date passes and the child isn’t born, don’t panic. It’s quite ordinary for a baby to be overdue.

Maintaining your child’s health:

Remember to exercise good decisions until your baby is born and even after. Practice these safeguards:

Precautions:

    * Take a prenatal vitamin
    * Keep a reasonable Body Mass Index
    * Work out frequently, with a doctor’s consent
    * Consume nutritious meals
    * Deal with tension and any persistent hygienic situations
    * Consult a doctor for persistent health inspections  — very frequently for the last month leading up to delivery

Guard yourself from:

    * Using cigarettes
    * Consuming alchohol
    * Abusing illegal substances
    * Taking medicine without a doctor’s consent

Savor the last days of being an expectant mother. Your child will be born soon enough!

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