The fetus can taste and smell, and the eyes can produce tears. The bones are almost fully developed though still soft. Weight gain is rapid from now on. Length: about 15 inches; weight: more than 2 1∕2 pounds. Fetus fact: The brain will increase 400 percent to 500 percent in weight between now and delivery.
Your baby's main job right now is to put the finishing touches on major organ systems, such as her brain, lungs, and liver. As you can probably tell, she's also working on gaining layers of fat. Her body fat is about 2 to 3 percent. Her sucking and swallowing skills are improving.
You're getting larger, and as you get larger, you become more uncomfortable. Your legs may ache or cramp, it's hard to get a good sleeping position, and the baby is big enough to give you some sharp kicks to the ribs!
Remember that hot weather, standing for long periods of time, or low blood sugar can make you prone to dizziness and fainting. Drink water, and stay in the shade if you're pregnant in the summer.
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Things to think about this week
If you know you're having a boy, you and your partner may be battling over circumcision. Consider doing research on the procedure, talking to your baby's future pediatrician for her views, and talking to other parents to see how they resolved the issue. Learn about this procedure before your baby boy is born.
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