By this time your baby is about 36 cm long and weighs about 875 g. Your baby is still almost same like last week in terms of length, but the body of the baby is going through a rapid growth. It’s gradually filling in all the space in the uterus. Can you imagine the baby has developed a lifestyle by this time too? It sleeps and awakes on a regular basis now and suck a finger or a thumb. You will feel more clear movements of the baby especially due to the hiccups. It might be a strange thing to you but quite normal.
With the ever-growing tummy you will be finding a bit difficult to breathe as well. Other symptoms you are likely to have are the leg cramps, varicose veins and itchy belly. Some ladies have piles during this time too. It’s a condition due to swollen veins in or around the lower rectum and anus. Painless bleeding after passing a stool (the blood will be bright red), itchiness around your anus (the opening where stools leave the body), a lump hanging down outside of the anus, which may need to be pushed back in after passing a stool a mucus discharge after passing a stool, soreness, redness and swelling around your anus are the symptoms of piles. Seek medical advice if you have any of the above symptoms. Varicose veins usually subside after delivery; if not ask you obstetrician and he will refer you to a surgeon.
This is probably a good time for you to take a Rhesus factor test. If a blood test for your rhesus status found you to be rhesus negative (RhD negative) earlier in pregnancy, you’ll probably be tested for antibodies this week or next. These may be present in your blood if your baby is RhD positive, and you’ll have what’s called an anti-D injection to combat the incompatibility. Some obstetricians will give you anti-D injection at 28th and 34th weeks if you are at risk.
Previous miscarriage (threatened, incomplete and complete), ERPC (womb wash) and invasive procedures put you at risk of exposure to Rh positive blood of you baby. After delivery you will get an anti-D injection if your blood group is a negative one and your bay’s is a positive one.