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You’ve entered the third trimester, the final stretch of pregnancy in so many ways.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Seven Months Pregnant

At this stage of the third trimester, it’s common to feel the effects of your growing tummy and of your progressing pregnancy. Symptoms can include:

  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Heartburn
  • Stretch marks
  • Itchy skin
  • Foot and leg cramps
  • Hot flashes
  • Frequent urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Braxton Hicks contractions.

Remember, everyone is different, and you may not experience all of these pregnancy symptoms. Some pregnancy symptoms that can worry moms-to-be include:

Stretch marks: At seven months pregnant, your baby bump will be getting bigger each day. As a result, you might get stretch marks on your tummy, as well as your breasts, thighs, arms, or buttocks. Many women get these pink or reddish purple lines, but, after birth, they’ll usually fade with time. Keeping a healthy pregnancy diet and gaining the right amount of weight gradually throughout the pregnancy may help reduce the likelihood of stretch marks.

Itchy skin: As your skin stretches, it might also itch. Rub soothing oils or a gentle moisturizer on your skin and bathe in warm water, as hot water can be too drying for your skin.

Seven Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your baby’s development: At about week 32, babies often turn head-down in preparation for birth and also start to move downward, putting pressure on your bladder (bathroom, anyone?). This may take some pressure off your lungs, making it a little easier to breathe. Your baby’s bones are also beginning to harden.

The skull, however, remains softer so that the baby can pass through the birth canal more easily. The plates of the skull slide over each other during birth, which is why some babies are born with a cone-shaped head. Don’t worry, though — the shape of your baby’s head will go back to normal within a few days.

Changes to your body: During the seventh month of pregnancy, the space is getting a little snug in your uterus, and your baby might be moving less because of this. You are still likely to feel some movement each day. Because your center of gravity changes as your tummy grows, you might feel unsteady on your feet, so take your time while walking. As your belly expands, you might also lose the ability to bend over, and your gait might even change to support your tummy.

Your breasts will grow and become even heavier. The veins on your breasts might become more visible, and the color of your nipples might darken.

Two Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Fetal development: In the second month of pregnancy, your little one, now known as a fetus, develops facial features such as the mouth, tongue, and nose. The eyelids close over and won’t open for several months. The buds of the ears will grow into a more prominent ear shape. In addition to little fingers and toes, toenails will grow. Your little one may start to make small movements, though you won’t be able to feel these yet.

By the end of the second month of pregnancy, the organs, skeleton, and limbs will be in place. The placenta will have also formed and will provide nutrients to your little one over the rest of the pregnancy.

Changes to your body: At this stage, your body won’t look dramatically different, but your breasts may start to feel heavier and look fuller. At some point during pregnancy, some women also develop red- and purple-colored varicose veins, caused by increased blood volume and elevated hormone levels. Exercise can help prevent varicose veins, and for many women, they subside a few months after the delivery.

Second Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Early pregnancy appointments: Keep all of your prenatal appointments to make sure you’re staying healthy and progressing well. As early as this month, and often at your first appointment, your healthcare provider will be able to hear the fetal heartbeat. If you are expecting twins or more there will be more than one heartbeat.
  • Follow a healthy diet: Your provider will be able to advise you on a nutritious and healthy pregnancy diet, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Pregnancy emotions: At two months pregnant, your emotional life might be a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Seek out a support group or speak to understanding loved ones about how you’re feeling.
  • Calculate your due date: If you haven’t yet calculated your due date, head over to the Pampers Due Date Calculator tool to find out when to expect your little one.
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