© The Anatomical Travelogue
Your baby is about 12 inches long and weighs a little over a pound. She has developed the sweet face you'll soon see, with eyes and ears placed just where they should be. She's big enough that she can no longer do cartwheels and tumbles, but she's just as touchy-feely with her surroundings as she has been. She's also even more attuned into sounds outside the womb. If a loud noise disturbs her, she may be restless for hours.
Faint red marks may begin to stretch across your abdomen now that your uterus has risen to two inches above your belly button. They may also show up on your hips and breasts. While there's not much you can do to stop stretch marks from appearing, know that soon after delivery they'll likely fade to nearly invisible silvery or white streaks. And if they don't, consider them a loving reminder of your nine-month adventure.
Your Pregnant Body:
Do's and Don'ts
Do wear sunglasses when you step out in warmer months. It's a good habit to develop even if you aren't pregnant, but it's especially helpful now that your eyes have grown more sensitive to the light.
Breaking up is hard to do, but if you're unhappy with the care you're receiving from your doctor or midwife and have tried to address it without success, make a change. Staying with a health-care provider with whom you are uncomfortable shortchanges both you and your baby. When you go into labor, you'll want someone whom you trust completely by your side.