Pregnancy: what happens in the seventh month?

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When does the 7th month of pregnancy begin?

The 7th month begins the 27th week of pregnancy (29th week without amenorrhea). The baby is now viableit quietly continues to grow in the warmth of your belly while the little inconveniences gallop back: you get out of breath at the slightest exertion, you have trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position and you want to pee regularly!

Can you hurt your baby’s stomach during sex?

This question often arises among couples: can the baby get hurt during lovemaking? Rest assured the answer is no. Well protected in the water sac and protected by the cervix, the fetus fears nothing. the Connections under the duvet are therefore right permitted… of course, be careful not to press on your stomach! Of the 3rd quarterAs the baby takes up more and more space, this is an opportunity to test new positions: for example on the side (the spoon). “On the other hand, an orgasm can cause contractions that alter the cervix: you need to be vigilant if your doctor or midwife diagnoses you as preterm labor,” warns Professor Bernard Hédon, co-author of The Big Book of My Pregnancy.

Which investigations are to be carried out?

Ultrasound in the 3rd trimester

If your pregnancy is going smoothly, it will be last ultrasound before birth! Ultrasound in the 3rd trimester usually takes place in between 30 and 35 weeks of amenorrhea (End of 7th month, beginning of 8th). “We’re taking the opportunity to… Dernier check, check that everything is fine, check the baby’s organs and limbs again – even if the fetus can no longer be seen as a whole at this stage of pregnancy – look for a possible break in the growth curve and evaluate his weight at the appointment, explains Marianne Benoit Truong Canh, ultrasound midwife and vice-president of the National Council of the Order of Midwives. The examination also serves to control the quantity amniotic fluid as well as location of the placenta and see if the baby has turned head down ».

The 7th monthly consultation

the 5. antenatal visit performed by a midwife or obstetrician, one way of detection is possible specific pathologies in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy: a gestational diabetesa high blood pressurea fetal growth retardationa threatened premature birthetc The procedure is identical to previous consultations: the doctor will ask you how you are feeling, if you have any contractionswhether the baby moves well, etc. “It is a very important criterion, albeit subjective, underline the authors of the Great Book of my Pregnancy. If you feel that the movements of the fetus are less numerous, this will alert the obstetrician or midwife, who will immediately order additional investigations: detection of fetal heart rate, ultrasound.”

As always the practitioner:

Take your blood pressure to check that you do not have high blood pressure

– will practice vaginal examination to recognize possible cervical changes

– and will measure them base height. “This is very important,” explains midwife Sandrine Brame. Insufficient fundus height leads to fetal growth retardation. While excessive fundus height suggests an overweight baby (macrosomia) for term or excess amniotic fluid”.

What Are the Third Trimester Complications?

gestational diabetesthreatened premature birth or high blood pressure: several pathologies can complicate the last trimester.

gestational diabetes

the gestational diabetes usually occurs during the 2nd trimester and disappears after birth. That hyperglycemia (excessively high blood sugar levels) can lead to macrosomia, meaning a larger baby (over 4 kg) is at increased risk of problems during labour.

The risk of premature labor

the threatened premature birth (MAP) button 10% of pregnant women. This is characterized by changes in the cervix and regular and painful uterine contractions that occur between the 22nd and 36th week of amenorrhea. It requires the expectant mother to rest. Depending on the severity of the threat of preterm birth, the obstetrician-gynecologist may need to prescribe a drug to stop uterine contractions.

pre-eclampsia

Occurring in the second half of pregnancy, the pre-eclampsia employees a high blood pressure in the presence of protein in the urine. It means:

– from strong headache

– a swelling of hands and face

– a decreased urine productionEtc.

If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor.

7th month and labor

While it is not uncommon to have labor at this point in pregnancy, in most cases it is not productive. These “false” contractions are also called Braxton Hicks contractions are a sign that the body is preparing…not that labor has started! They usually occur once or twice an hour, sometimes several times a day, and can be uncomfortable. To relieve them, try lifting your foot and resting. “On the other hand, if the contractions are regular and painful, or if they are accompanied by bleeding or loss of amniotic fluid, you have to go to the maternity ward,” advises Sandrine Brame, a midwife at the hospital.

Car, train, plane: what if I want to travel?

Need to move or travel? try toavoid long journeysby car – or travel by train – and don’t forget to buckle up. Know that the air travel are accepted generally until 34th week of amenorrhea that means the end of the 7th month and beginning of the 8th month of pregnancy. For added peace of mind, call the airline to find out about their policy on welcoming expectant mothers. Wearing compression stockings during the flight is particularly important on long-haul flights. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for an aisle seat so you can feel more comfortable and move around easily.

It’s time to…

  • start think of a name for your baby, or two if you prefer to keep your child’s gender a secret,
  • to take take care of yourself and lift your foot
  • Make an appointment with the anesthetist. While this consultation is mandatory, it does not oblige you to do so an epidural anesthesiabut it allows, if necessary, to resort to it when you feel overwhelmed by pain.
  • choose a form of care. In fact, most daycare centers start accepting enrollments in the seventh month. It is therefore advisable to get in touch with them and at the same time to consider another form of care (childminder) if there is no space for your child.

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How much does a baby weigh 7 months pregnant?

At the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy, the baby weighs 1 kg and measure 32cm. By week 32 of amenorrhea, he will have weighed 1.5 kg and both his kidneys and bowels will be functioning. On the other hand, his lungs will not be mature yet. in the in the event of impending preterm birththe doctor can administer corticosteroids to accelerate their maturation.

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