Are you experiencing symptoms such as sudden weight gain, headaches, or changes in vision? These symptoms might mean you have preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that causes high blood pressure and may affect both the mother and fetus during the second and third trimesters. Preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which can cause seizures, coma, or even maternal or fetal death. During your prenatal visits, your LMC will monitor your blood pressure, urine, and swelling, but if you experience any warning signs of preeclampsia, call your LMC immediately.
Your baby's body is now more in proportion. Fingernails and toenails have grown, and eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair on your baby's head are evident. The lanugo hair that has covered your baby since the first trimester is falling off, although some may remain on the shoulders and back at birth, particularly if your baby is born a little early.
Your baby now weighs around 1.8kg and measures around 42cm, and is gaining weight very rapidly, he or she has a very good chance of survival outside the womb if you delivered now.
You may notice that your baby does not move as much as previously, this is because there is less available space to move as your baby grows. Instead of kicking you may feel squirming instead. Brain scans have shown babies around this age start to have periods of dream (REM) sleep.
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