Seventh Month Pregnancy - List of Symptoms and Body Changes
Excited or Nervous? Or, perhaps a bit of both? Well, you are slowly and steadily approaching your big day, and if not you, who else will be? Now, that you have stepped into your third trimester, it’s time for you to adjust yourself to what the final stretch of pregnancy brings to your plate.
What is Your Baby Like at Seven Months
At this point, your baby is around 9-10 inches long. It’s like the size of a butternut squash right now. Until roughly 28 weeks, the eyelids are generally glued together. The bones of your baby are also beginning to harden. The skull, on the other hand, remains softer at 7 months pregnant so that the infant may pass through the birth canal more readily. Some kids are born with a cone-shaped head because the plates of the skull slip over each other during delivery. But don't panic; your baby's head shape will return to normal within a few days.
What are the Changes that Your Body Go Through While Pregnant?
To ensure that enough blood is available for your baby, the volume of blood circulating through your body has increased to 50-30% of the normal rate. This also compensates for the blood that you will be losing at the time of delivery.
Your baby is likely to make smaller movements like moving elbows, knees, and so on, due to the shrunk space inside your womb (Of course, it is growing). Your little one will probably curl up and cross its legs. You will continue to feel those movements. Your baby is constantly growing and this makes your belly pop out, which shifts your center of gravity. This may push you off balance Thus, you need to maintain a good posture. You may lose the ability to bend over as your belly grows, and your walk may change to support your growing tummy.
In this month, your breasts will become bigger and heavier. The color of your nipples may darken, and the veins on your breasts may become more visible. Your vaginal discharge will also become heavier.
List of Symptoms in Seventh Month Pregnancy
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1. Frequent Urination
Tired of the constant urge to pee? Completely understandable. Initially, it was caused by your increased levels of hormones like progesterone and hCG. But later in pregnancy, that is at this point, it is caused to you by the growing baby inside your uterus putting pressure on your bladder. However, immediately seek medical attention if you experience a burning sensation while urinating, or have fever or chills.
2. Back Pain
Between the fifth and seventh months of pregnancy, 50-80 percent of women experience back pain. It can start as early as 8-12 weeks in some circumstances. The pain might be slight, moderate, severe, or chronic. Back discomfort in pregnant women can be caused by a variety of circumstances.
- Weight gain - During pregnancy, a pregnant woman adds 11-15 kilograms. The spine must sustain that weight, as well as the weight of the growing baby, resulting in lower back pain. The weight of the developing baby and uterus puts additional pressure on blood vessels and nerves in the pelvic and back.
- Center of gravity shift - As your uterus and baby grow, your centre of gravity shifts forward, causing your posture to shift.
- Rise in Hormone Levels - Hormones produced during pregnancy relax ligaments in the pelvic area and loosen joints in preparation for delivery. This change may affect the amount of support your back receives regularly.
- Postures - Poor posture, extended standing, and bending over can all cause or exacerbate back pain.
- Stress -Stress tends to accumulate in the body's weak points. Due to changes in your pelvic area, you may have more backache during stressful stages of your pregnancy.
3. Swollen Ankles and Feet
The excess fluid and pressure from the developing uterus on the ankles and feet might cause swelling. With the approaching delivery date and hotter weather conditions, the swelling may worsen.
4. Leg Cramps
While the specific cause of leg cramps is uncertain, many people believe that carrying extra weight puts stress on your legs, causing leg cramps. Leg cramps can also be caused by changes in blood circulation. Your expanding baby puts strain on the nerves and blood vessels that run down your legs. Some experts believe that a lack of calcium in your body, as well as your body's ability to metabolize it, might cause cramps. Also, make sure you receive enough rest. Your brain sends signals to your muscles all the time, and if you don't get enough sleep, these signals can be disrupted. As a result, muscular tension develops.
5. Itchy Skin
You'll likely experience some mild itching, which is usually during pregnancy. Itching is caused by an increased blood supply to the skin. As your baby develops inside you, your tummy expands, you gain weight, and your skin stretches and becomes drier, causing itching. However, you must avoid scratching your skin because it is extremely thin and delicate at this point, and scratching it will only worsen the situation. Scratches may also worsen stretch marks. Severe itching, on the other hand, should be taken seriously because it could indicate obstetric cholestasis, a dangerous liver ailment. It's extremely rare, affecting less than one in every 100 women. However, if your itchy skin is bothering you, you should seek medical care.
Wear light natural clothes like cotton that allow your skin to 'breathe' and don't press against your skin, aggravating the irritation, and avoid synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, etc. Also, apply light and soft natal-safe moisturizers, oils, or creams to keep your skin hydrated.
6. Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are extremely frequent during pregnancy. Stretch marks develop in most pregnant women towards the end of trimesters. Stretch marks can appear earlier in some women. Stretch marks appear as your physical skin stretches due to the baby growing within your womb and your tummy growing as a result. Stretch marks also appear as a result of weight increase. Stretch marks appear on the belly in the majority of women, although they can also appear on the thighs, breasts, lower back, hips, and buttocks.
Starting in the first trimester of your pregnancy, topically applying an oil or specialized creams that especially try to promote skin elasticity will keep your skin hydrated and supple, preventing stretch marks.
7. Heart Burn
Hormonal fluctuations are to blame yet again. Heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux can all be caused by your growing baby pressing against your stomach. Maintain a healthy diet and way of life. Consult your doctor, if you need to take medications. Remember, the first rule of pregnancy is asking the doctor.
8. Shortness of Breathe
Can’t breathe properly? Feeling like you can't take enough air in? Well, your growing child presses your uterus against your diaphragm moving it up to 4 cm from its pregnancy position. This further compresses the lungs. This makes you go through shortness of breath.
Aerobic exercises can help tackle shortness of breath since they improve your breathing. Apart from it, just relaxing also helps, and what else can be easier than that moms? Your breath tends to go shorter with increased levels of anxiety. So, relax.
A certain level of anxiety is normal but beyond that is concerning. And this is true, not just for pregnant moms, but for every person. And, we understand if you are feeling anxious. You are going to enter a completely new phase, which has its highs and lows. Don’t worry moms, we feel you.
Lack of sleep, inability to sleep, irritability, worrying a lot, and excessive anxiousness can be a sign of anxiety. Seek medical help if anxiety is troubling you a lot. For some pregnant mothers, anxiety gets worse. Try meditating, talking with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, listening to music, and pampering yourself to help yourself feel good.
10. Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are a cyclical tightening in your abdomen. They're uterine contractions that happen before you give birth. They can help prepare the cervix for birth and also help in toning the muscles in your uterus. Braxton Hicks contractions do not cause labor and do not signal the beginning of labor.
Seventh Month Pregnancy Checklist
- Your big day is approaching, and know that you can’t keep calm. But amidst all the excitement, do not end up neglecting your health. Take ample amount of rest. Sleep well, eat well, do exercises, pamper yourself, talk to your loved ones, and most importantly love yourself.
- Learn about Braxton Hick Contractions and also about preterm labor. Many mothers often end up confusing the two. The symptoms of preterm labor include constant contractions, bleeding or spotting, and lower back pain. Understand the difference so that you can avoid mistakes in the future - mistakes that can turn out to be fatal.
- Well, now it’s time you start brainstorming baby names if you haven’t already. Trust us, it’s a huge task - from checking out different names, and their meanings to finally finalizing one. Start thinking from now.
With the final day approaching, you should start thinking of a birth plan that suits you. You must also start learning about the maternity leave policy. If the fear of going into the delivery room is troubling you, don’t worry. Well, not worrying is somewhat impossible, we guess. But what we are sure about is that you are strong and beautiful, and you will go through it bravely and give birth to a healthy baby. For now, enjoy your days and cheer up.