Approximately 28 To 31 Weeks

Dec 02, 2010 1 Comment by

Your Baby This Month

Week 28. This week, your amazing baby has reached two and a half pounds and may be almost 16 inches long.

Baby’s skill of the week : blinking. Yes, along with the other tricks in a growing repertoire that already including coughing, sucking, hiccupping, and taking practice breaths, your baby can now blinks hose sweet little eyes.

Dreaming about your baby? Baby may be dreaming about you, too, courtesy of the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep he or she has started getting. But this little dreamer isn’t ready for birth day just yet.

Though his or her lungs are nearly fully mature by now (making it easier for your baby – and you – to breathe a little easier if he or she were born now), your baby still has a lot of growing to do.

Week 29. Your baby can be as tall as 17 inches now and can weigh nearly 3 pounds. Though already coming pretty close (within 3 inches or so) of his or her ultimate birth length, baby still has lots to gain.

In fact, over the next 11 weeks, your baby more than doubles – and may even come close to tripling – his or her weight. Much of that weight will come from the fat accumulating under his or her skin right now.

And as your baby plumps up, the room in your womb will start to feel a little cramped, making it less likely that you’ll feel hard kicks from your little one, and more likely that you’ll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees.

Week30. What’s 17 inches long, just over 3 pounds in weight, and cute all over? It’s your baby – and he or she is getting bigger by the day. Also getting bigger daily is baby’s brain, which is preparing for life outside the womb – and for a lifetime of learning.

Starting this week, your baby’s brain is starting to look like one, taking on those characteristic grooves and indentations. These wrinkles allow for future expansion of brain tissue that is crucial as your baby goes from helpless newborn to responsive infant to verbal toddler to curious preschooler and beyond.

Your baby’s bigger and better brain is also starting to take on tasks previously delegated to other parts of the body, like temperature regulation. Now that the brain is capable of turning up the heat (with the help of that growing supply of baby fat), your baby will start shedding lanugo, the downy, soft body hair that has been keeping him or her warm up to this point.

Which means that by the time your baby is born, he or she probably won’t be fuzzy wuzzy  anymore.

Week 31. Though your baby still has 3 to 5 pounds more to gain before delivery, he or she is weighing in at an impressive 3 – plus pounds this week. And at 18 inches long (give or take a couple because fetuses this age come in all sizes), your baby is quickly approaching his or her birth length.

Also developing at an impressive clip these days : your baby’s brain connections (baby has to make trillions of them). And he or she is able to put that complex web of brain connections to good use, too – already processing information, tracking lights, and perceiving signals from all five senses.

Your brainy baby is also sleepy one, putting in longer stretches of snooze time, specially in REM sleep – which is why you’re probably noticing more defined patterns of awake (and kicking) and sleeping (quiet) times from your little one.


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