The journey travelled so far is reflected in the aches and the pains that your abdomen and your back feel. There could well be some dizzy spells so you are advised to generally adapt a slow-down approach to movement. When you get up, do not do it suddenly. You could get dizzy and also faint. There is nothing to be worried about. It is natural. So are the leg cramps, the swelling of ankles and feet and the heartburn.
Stretch marks appear on the abdomen and breast areas as your skin feels the stretch of a body growing up inside you. The growth of the foetus could add to the pressure on the lungs forcing you to feel breathlessness. So, keep yourself well hydrated and, consciously, avoid anxiety and cut stress. Eat well because you are sharing a meal with another human being but eat nutritious food. Standing or sitting for long could be painful, forcing you to take small breaks to rest. There can also be the presence of an occasional leg pain called the sciatic nerve pain, caused by the increasing pressure on the nerve due to the growing baby.
As you feel the pain and the changes occurring inside you, the baby’s facial features, fingers, toes, teeth in the gums are developing quickly. The baby’s umbilical cord keeps on growing and strengthening in length. He can even be seen in the ultrasound scan, sucking his thumb. This is one of the first signs of a functional nervous system. A stretch here and there and reaction to light or excessive sound could make the baby react by moving. If it is a baby girl in the womb, then the baby girl’s uterus and fallopian tubes will form and move into the correct positions, at this time. Production of scalp hair also starts.
Also by now, the baby is able to hear sounds and noises from the environment, so it is essential to not expose him to random loud-pitched noises.