Month 7 (weeks 28-31)

month 7

You’re now officially in the third trimester, and on the home stretch of pregnancy! You might not think there’s any more room for your uterus to grow, but believe us, you’ll get even bigger (and that’s not a bad thing). You’ll feel a lot more activity from your baby this month, particularly as he or she starts to run out of room inside of you. You might also start to feel Braxton Hicks contractions, which are usually painless and are not labour contractions – your stomach will harden and tighten for a moment, then return to normal. Your breasts continue to enlarge and you might also find your nipples are leaking colostrum (drops of creamy white substance which are your baby’s first milk) as your breasts prepare for feeding. You might also start to feel tired once more, as your growing body gives you a workout just moving through the day. Take frequent breaks and put your feet up when you can.

How big is my baby?

At the beginning of your seventh month, your baby is now 1kg and will be 41cm long from head to toe. His or her lungs are almost fully mature by now, and from now until the end of pregnancy, he or she will triple his or her weight – mostly from the accumulation of fat, which will ramp up now and continue through to birth. Your baby’s brain is developing the ridges and wrinkles that allow for future expansion of brain tissue, and some critical connections are being made, so it’s important that you


WEEK 28: Your baby is the size of a coconut (41cm, 1kg) and is learning to blink.

WEEK 29: Your baby is the size of a cabbage (1.4kg, 43cm) and is accumulating more fat.

WEEK 30: Your baby is the size of two punnets of strawberries (1.5kg, 44cm) and his or her brain is rapidly making connections.

WEEK 31: Your baby is the size of a bag of sugar (1.6kg, 46cm) and can now perceive all five senses (sight, hearing, touch, ta

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