Your Baby's Development
In these last few weeks before delivery, the billions
of developed neurons in your baby's brain are helping him or her to learn
about the in-utero environment — your baby can listen, feel, and even see somewhat.
Your baby's eyes can detect light and the pupils can constrict and dilate in response
Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time
and even has rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the sleep stage during which our most
vivid dreams happen!
Your baby's lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to build on
your baby's body for protection and warmth. Babies gain a good deal of their weight
in the final few weeks before birth.
With labor and delivery only 2 months away, you may be considering
how you'll cope with pain
during childbirth. Commonly used ways to help manage pain include breathing techniques
such as those taught in Lamaze classes; pain-relief medicines given through injection;
and epidurals, where doctors can give an anesthetic through a soft, thin catheter
placed in the lower back.
Whatever your choice, the more you know, the better informed your decision will
be. You don't have to decide yet, but discuss your choices with your health care provider
PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week
- Trimester 1
- Trimester 2
- Trimester 3