Eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair on your baby’s head develop around this stage of pregnancy. The lanugo hair present on the baby since the beginning of the second trimester falls off, only few hairs may remain on the shoulders and back at birth.
Your baby will weigh about 4 pounds (1,800 grams) and 11.4 inches (29 cm) from crown to rump. Even if you experience premature labor at this stage your baby will have a good chance of survival.
You will be constantly checked for blood pressure, urine, and any swelling that may develop. Symptoms such as sudden weight gain, head aches, swelling in the hands or face, or changes in vision can be signs of preeclampsia. This condition may lead to high blood pressure and protein in the urine. If you experience any of suchpregnancy symptoms you must consult your healthcare provider.
This week your baby can take up the head-down position. Ninety-six percent of all babies come out head first during labor. If your fetus is in a breech position, your doctor might consider turning it manually. You can know more about pregnancy signs at this stage by browsing the pregnancy sites.
You may continue to experience a sore back and swollen ankles. A whitish fluid called colostrums may leak out of your breasts. This milk will nourish your baby for the first few days of his life. Some pregnant women may also have a whitish, vaginal discharge called leukorrhea. This is not a cause for concern and it might increase as you near the delivery date.