Seventh month of pregnancy

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Future child

Height - 37 cm, weight - 1200 g.

By the end of the month, you are entering the last third trimester of pregnancy, and in the event of a premature birth, your baby has almost every chance of surviving with good medical care and no severe malformations.

But now the baby is still very thin, with reddish wrinkled skin due to the lack of a sufficient layer of subcutaneous fat. His entire body is covered with lanugo fluff and grease. The cartilage has not yet hardened enough, so the baby's nose and ears are very soft.

However, his face is quite human. He opens his eyes, and now it would be possible to tell what color they will be, since the retina is fully formed by the 27th week of pregnancy. By raising the eyelids, the baby can even discern faint light penetrating through the mother's body.

The kid is actively moving, but by the end of the month he grows so much that he becomes cramped. Therefore, by the eighth month, the mother will already feel the difference in the baby's movements.

Now the formation of the cerebral cortex and the system of neurons has finally completed. Consequently, all higher nervous activity becomes possible. The bark with its grooves and convolutions is responsible for the perception and mental properties of a person, his behavior, adaptation in the environment.

The baby has all five senses fully developed, he is able to perceive not only the beat of his mother's heart, but also her voice, the voices of other people and other sounds from the outside world.

The baby's heartbeat is audible, even if you just put your ear to your mom's tummy. Heart rate 120-160 beats per minute (in adults 60-80 beats per minute).

The lungs are almost ready for spontaneous breathing; by the end of the month, a certain amount of a special substance, a surfactant, accumulates in the cells, which does not allow the alveoli to stick together when inhaling and exhaling. The baby will be able to breathe independently from 35-36 weeks of pregnancy.

The genitals of the baby are finally formed: in girls, they form the vagina, and in boys, the testicles begin to descend into the scrotum.

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Average weight gain by the end of the month is about 9 kg. Up to 36 weeks, weight will increase rapidly.

You have already passed all the basic tests and examinations. Now everything is just repeating itself. Before 28 weeks, you should visit a doctor and pass the usual set of tests, including a hemostasiogram with a D-dimer and an ECG. With a negative Rh factor, an antibody test and an injection of immunoglobulin should be done to prevent the appearance of antibodies in the mother's blood (for a period of 28 weeks).

The uterus has reached the size of an average watermelon and is already pressing quite hard on the diaphragm and stomach. As a result, you may experience heartburn and shortness of breath again.

There are pains in the pelvic and spine area, because, firstly, the growing child presses on them, and secondly, at the 7th month, softening of the ligaments begins - this is how the mother's body is gradually preparing for childbirth.

At the same time, the sense of balance is lost, you can easily fall and harm the child. Be extremely careful not to wear heels.

The body raises cholesterol levels, which helps the placenta to produce essential hormones. Braxtons are still in training. They have already become quite sensitive. Remember that Braxton contractions are irregular in nature.

You may have vivid dreams, but they are often more restless and disturbing. They may reflect your fears of childbirth, worries about your child, your husband, concern about your future life with your child.

Behind most of the pregnancy, it's time to take care of the child's dowry and the choice of the hospital. By week 36, you need to decide and register with the maternity hospital in which you plan to give birth.

If you are a supporter of home birth, remember that in our country they are not official. It is believed that only emergency circumstances (for example, rapid childbirth without the possibility of quick delivery of the woman in labor to the hospital) can induce a woman to give birth at home. Therefore, no qualified doctor will dare to deliver at your home only at your request.

There are contraindications for home births: diabetes, hypertension, heart problems in the mother or in the baby, kidney problems, a previous cesarean section, scars on the uterus, premature birth, multiple births, abnormal presentation of the fetus, placental insufficiency, oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios.

When giving birth at home, remember that you should immediately go to the nearest maternity hospital or hospital if you have bleeding, if the released waters are opaque and there are meconium impurities in them, if the birth goes on for a long time and without visible progress (more than 10 hours), if there is a rapid labor , if you feel that something is going wrong, but you cannot explain what, if the midwife has not arrived and there is no doctor next to you.

From week 29, maternity leave begins for those mothers who are expecting more than one child. To obtain leave, you need to take a sick leave from the LCD for 194 days (84 days before delivery and 110 days after delivery). Payment is made at the rate of 100% of the average woman's earnings for the previous 12 months.

At week 28, all women are given an exchange card. Do not forget to ask your doctor for it if he suddenly forgot. All survey results are recorded in the "exchange". After giving birth, all data about the child and his health will be entered there. You will give this part of the card to the children's clinic when you register the newborn.

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