Your BabyThe eyes are partially open and can perceive light. Your baby's eye lashes and eye brows continue to grow and subcutaneous fat is deposited. If you have a baby boy, his testes will probably begin descending. About 9 out of 10 babies born now will survive with intensive care services and the help of medical technology. Your baby is almost 15 inches and weighs over two pounds.
Your BodyIn your third trimester you will experience heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, varicose veins, swelling, and at times, itchy skin. But, you will also experience the birth of your baby. Your breasts may begin to leak colostrum at this point, but don't worry if they don't. You will still be able to breastfeed if you choose to do so.
Have you thought about how you will feed your baby? Half of the babies in the United States are bottle-fed, while the other 50 percent are breastfed. While many people will try to sway you one way or the other, be sure to do what is right for you, what you feel comfortable with, and what will work for you and your family. There is no wrong answer.
Your doctor will probably want to see you every two weeks for a while. If you haven't taken a childbirth class, you may want to do some reading on the subject to familiarize yourself with what will be happening during labor and delivery. Your doctor may wish to test for your blood type now to determine if you need what is called a Rhogam shot. A Rhogam will prevent complications if you and your baby have a different type of blood. If you partner does not know his blood type, he may want to have his blood typed as well.