What to expect at 7 months: Milestones & More!

Welcome to the seventh month of your pregnancy! By now, you may have experienced several physical and emotional changes in your body. At 7 months pregnant, your baby is growing rapidly, and there are plenty of milestones to look forward to. Let’s explore what you can expect during this stage of pregnancy.

Physical Changes

At 7 months pregnant, you are now in your third trimester. Your uterus continues to grow, which can cause discomfort and make it difficult to engage in regular activities. You may have trouble sleeping or feel out of breath as your baby pushes against your lungs. Swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands may increase. Here are some more changes you can expect:

Weight Gain

As your baby grows, so will your weight. You’re likely to gain 1-2 pounds per week. By the end of the seventh month, most women gain between 18-22 pounds. However, weight gain varies from person to person. It’s essential to eat healthily and stay active during this time to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Breast Changes

Your breasts may continue to prepare for breastfeeding. They may feel sore or tender. You may also leak colostrum, a thick yellowish liquid, from your nipples. Invest in a comfortable and supportive bra to help ease any discomfort.

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are a sign that your body is preparing for labor. They are mild, painless contractions that may increase as you approach your due date. If you experience painful contractions, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Stretch Marks

You may start noticing stretch marks on your belly, breasts, and thighs as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby. While stretch marks are common in pregnancy, topical creams can help reduce their appearance.

Emotional Changes

Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster. During the third trimester, you may experience mixed emotions as you prepare for the arrival of your little one. Here are some common emotional changes you may experience:

Excitement

You’re probably thrilled to meet your baby soon, and that’s okay! Embrace the excitement, and start thinking about how you’ll decorate the nursery, what baby clothes you’ll want, and anything else to get ready.

Anxiety

As the due date approaches, anxiety about labor, delivery, and early parenthood may arise. Try to stay calm and focus on breathing and meditation exercises. Speak to your healthcare provider if your worries become overwhelming.

Fatigue

As your baby’s demand for nutrients increases, you may find yourself feeling more tired than usual. Take time to rest and recharge, and ask for help when needed.

Baby’s Development

Your baby is making rapid developmental strides at 7 months pregnant! Here are a few milestones to look out for:

Fetal Movement

Your baby is now big enough to pack a punch! You’ll feel an increase in fetal movement – kicks, rolls, jabs – as your baby becomes more active. This is a sign that your baby is growing and developing properly.

Senses

Baby’s senses are fully developed by now! You can stimulate your baby’s senses by talking, singing, or reading to your belly. Your baby can also differentiate between light and dark and may even respond to bright lights shining on your belly.

Weight Gain

Baby is gaining weight! By the 7-month mark, babies usually weigh about 2.2 pounds and measure about 14.8 inches long. Keep in mind, however, that every baby grows at a different pace.

Preparing for Labor and Delivery

As your due date approaches, it’s essential to prepare for labor and delivery. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Childbirth Classes

Childbirth classes can help you prepare for labor and delivery, and teach you pain management techniques. They are also an excellent opportunity to meet other expectant parents and form a community of support.

Packing Your Hospital Bag

You’ll want to pack a hospital bag for you and your baby, including things like comfortable clothes, toiletries, and baby clothes. Start planning what you’ll need a few weeks in advance to avoid any last-minute stress.

Birth Plan

A birth plan can help you communicate your wishes and preferences regarding labor and delivery to your healthcare provider. It should include everything from pain management to delivery preferences to baby’s care immediately after birth. Your healthcare provider can help you create a birth plan that aligns with your values and goals.

The Bottom Line

The 7th month of pregnancy can be challenging as your body prepares for delivery, but it’s also a time to celebrate the milestones you and your baby have reached. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and be sure to communicate with your healthcare provider if anything feels amiss. Before you know it, you’ll be holding a beautiful baby in your arms!

FAQ

  • Q: How many weeks are 7 months pregnant?
  • A: 7 months pregnant is about 28-31 weeks gestation.

  • Q: When will I start feeling my baby move?
  • A: You may start feeling your baby’s movements between 16-25 weeks gestation, but this may vary depending on factors like positioning and number of fetuses.

  • Q: How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
  • A: Weight gain recommendations vary depending on factors like pre-pregnancy weight, age, and height. Generally, women with a normal BMI should aim to gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy.

  • Q: When should I call my healthcare provider during pregnancy?
  • A: You should contact your healthcare provider if you experience any worrisome symptoms like bleeding, severe abdominal pain, or constant contractions.

References

  • American Pregnancy Association, Third Trimester of Pregnancy: What to Expect, https://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/third-trimester/
  • What to Expect, 7 Months Pregnant, https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/7-months-pregnant.aspx
  • Mayo Clinic, Fetal Development: The 3rd Trimester, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997

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