You are now gaining 450 grams per week. With labor and delivery only 2 months away, you may be considering how you'll cope with pain during childbirth. Perhaps you'd like to use only breathing techniques, such as those you learnt at antenatal classes, or perhaps you'd like to use nitrous oxide (gas and air) to take the edge off the pain. If you prefer an analgesic or anaesthetic form of pain relief, there are a number of options available to you, you can find out more about them here. Your LMC will talk to you about your preferences when you are making your birth plan.
Your baby now weighs around two kilos and is 43 cms long. In these last few weeks before delivery, the billions of developed neurons in your baby's brain are helping your baby to learn about his or her in-utero environment, allowing the baby to listen, feel, and even see somewhat. The pupils of the eye can now detect light and constrict and dilate, allowing your baby to see dim shapes. Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time.
Your baby's lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to be deposited on your baby's body for protection and warmth. Babies in utero gain a good deal of their weight in the final few weeks before birth.
By now your baby is in position for delivery. Your LMC can tell you if your baby is positioned head or bottom first.
Your baby will have developed hair on the top of his / her head. The amount will vary and anything from none to lots is normal.
By this stage (if your baby is a boy) his testicles will have descended into his scrotum. If however they have not descended at birth there is no need to panic, by his first birthday they will have descended.
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