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The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. Your baby has started producing insulin, important for sugar breakdown. If born now, there's a 15% chance of survival.
Vernix, which protects baby's skin from amniotic fluid, covers the entire skin.
Lunar Month 7, 24 wks LMP (22 wks gestation)
Your baby is almost fully formed about now -- and finally looks like a miniature human instead of other-worldly.
Bones solidify and baby kicks. Sometimes it feels more like a lurch, reminiscent of the Loch Ness monster.
Most babies turn upside-down around this time but will continue to rotate until about week 31 LMP.
The baby's heartbeat is very strong now. Your feet and ankles might swell. Keep drinking your water!
Think seriously about breastfeeding your baby -- babies love it, and it's enjoyable.
If you are not having a home birth, this is a good time to plan the best route to the place of birth whether that is a birthing center, or a hospital as well as your 'birth bag.'
25 wks LMP (23 wks gestation)
Leg cramps getting you down? Try adding a little potassium to your diet! Bananas and fluids can do the trick. Try flexing your feet-toes pointing up to the ceiling several times it helps relieve your calves.
Suggested Reading: Preparation for Birth: The complete Guide to the Lamaze Method, by Savage and Simkin.
Keep exercising. Your baby is growing and you'll need the strength to deliver her.
Your baby's nostrils begin to open. There is a study out of Belfast, Ireland that suggests babies at this stage have the capability of scent preferences! Do you wonder what they'll like?
Your bigger body is beautiful -- feel good about yourself. If you haven't pampered yourself yet, give it a try.
Did you know that the peak time of year for babies to be born is late summer? On the flip side, fewer births occur during the middle of winter and around the holidays.
26 wks LMP (24 wks gestation)
Personal Reflection: "The first time I felt my son move made my pregnancy feel 'real' to me."
Unless you're having a homebirth, research the hospital or birthing center where you want to deliver.
Discharge like leukorrhea continues (sorry!). Call your provider if the discharge is painful or has an overly pungent odor.
If your baby doesn't move 10 times within a 5-hour period (during a regularly active time) you'll want to call your provider. There may be nothing wrong, but better to be safe.
It's common to be bored with your pregnancy at this point. Don't worry -- things get exciting again later.
Please do not allow a dentist to take x-rays or administer nitrous oxide while you're pregnant.
27 wks LMP (25 wks gestation)
Personal Reflection: "When I finally began showing at six months it was wonderful to watch my one-year-old son talk to the baby in my belly."
Your baby's hearing continues to develop. Pretty soon they'll be hearing all kinds of things!
Babies born prematurely at this point can survive. There might be some issues, but they can pull through.
Call a healthcare provider asap if you experience any vaginal bleeding, menstrual cramps, or low-backache pain that doesn't go away. This could be the beginning of pre-term labor or a late miscarriage.
Your baby can hear the outside world over the sound of the your heartbeat. Hi there baby!
Try not to lay on your back or stomach from this point forward. It cuts off circulation to the baby.
Lunar Month 8, 28 wks LMP (26 wks gestation)