a plump pumpkin

By Dr Janice TUNG, Associate Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital

What's Happening to Your Baby?

pumpkin

It's nearly show time as your baby moves into the birthing position with the head down towards your pelvis. Your little one is the size of a large pumpkin, weighing between 2.9 and 3.5kg. The brain is still developing at a rapid rate, and will continue to do so for the next three years as your baby processes information and learns the ins and outs of life. Your baby is continuing to accumulate fat to help regulate body temperature outside the womb. Baby is still busy absorbing nutrients and antibodies through your placenta and swallowing tiny amounts of amniotic fluid.

What's Happening to You?

Keep monitoring your baby's movements. Most babies quieten down when it's about time to make their exit from the womb. However, if you notice a considerable slowdown, seek medical help as this could indicate a problem. If you aren't showing any signs of labour yet, don't worry, many women go past their due date. Your doctor may schedule an induction after your due date to help bring on labour. With all of the increased pressure, your pelvis is probably aching and ready to get this show on the road!

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