Welcome to your final trimester of your pregnancy, which begins at 28 weeks. Now you start your way through the last stretch of your pregnancy. Your body and your baby also will go through lots of changes during this month. You will probably start seeing your specialist once in every two weeks. You should start counting and tracking the baby kicks from this month onwards. You should likewise be very alert, to make out the signs of preterm labor. The seventh month is the month you will be able to relax in comparison with the upcoming two months. Therefore, this is the best time to search and find a good childbirth class and sign up for it. You can also talk about your birth plan with your physician during this month.
- Seventh Month Pregnancy Symptoms
- Development Of The Baby In The Seventh Month Of Pregnancy
- What Should Be Included In The Seventh Month Pregnancy Diet?
- Iron and vitamin C rich food:
- Food rich in DHA:
- Foods rich in Calcium and magnesium:
- Food rich in folic acid:
- Fiber rich food and water:
- Food rich in proteins:
Seventh Month Pregnancy Symptoms
You start to feel larger than before. You may not be able to bend (easily) any further. Here are the most common symptoms experienced by the expecting mother during the seventh month of pregnancy:
- Weight gain: You are going to experience a lot of weight gain, especially from the middle of this month. There will be a chronic feeling of clumsiness that is attributed to this quick weight gain. You may start to waddle like a pregnant woman from now onwards. Your tummy continues to increase in size more quickly than the last trimester, making it inconvenient to move faster
- Tiredness and sleeplessness: The fatigue and tiredness, increases as you go on to experience sleep issues during the night
- Pain and swelling: During the seventh month of pregnancy, women experience increased swelling and pain in their joints and muscles. Because of the growing womb, you can undergo frequent back pain. There is another perspective for this pain and discomfort. The production of relaxin hormone starts to increase during this trimester. As a result, your pelvic joints and other joints will start to loosen up bringing about pain in the joints. Swelling is mainly due to the water retention
- Hot flashes: This is another common sign during this phase of pregnancy, which is caused by the constantly changing hormone levels. You feel excessively hot, irrespective of the weather. These hot flashes are generally experienced in the chest, head, and area around the neck. The ideal approach to managing hot flashes is by staying in a comfortable environment and wearing cozy garments
- Vaginal discharge: Your white vaginal discharge will become increasingly heavy during this month
- Breasts: Your breasts will become denser and heavier than the second trimester. The veins on your breast will become more noticeable and your areola becomes darker. Your breast will begin to release colostrum
- Gastric issues: Digestive issues like gas formation, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn increase as the baby and the womb put increased pressure on the digestive tract
- Varicose vein: The possibility of varicose veins increases
- Shortness of breath: Breathlessness or shortness of breath will be more eminent during the second half of this month
- Braxton Hicks: False contractions, also called as Braxton Hicks will be more frequent and noticeable from this month onwards
Development Of The Baby In The Seventh Month Of Pregnancy
From this month onwards, the baby starts to get ready for its life outside the womb. The pace of growth will be more rapid during this month of pregnancy. He is gaining height and weight and his body is forming well too. After this month, the chance of the baby surviving an unforeseen premature birth is high. Here are some important developments your baby undergoing during this month:
- Lungs: The lungs are almost fully developed and partially functional by the end of this month, though it will take some more time to mature and start working independently
- Skin: The skin becomes reddish and the fat deposits are higher than last month, giving it a puffy look
- Brain: Your baby will achieve lots of neural and intellectual advancement during this month. A great many neurons are quickly forming in your child’s brain. At this point, the child will start to respond inside your womb in the same way that a baby would respond once he is in this world. Hence, it is no big surprise that your baby will now respond instantly to different sounds, jerky movements, and brightness of the light. Here is another good news, from now onwards your baby can distinguish your voice from other voices and noises, that are happening around you
What Should Be Included In The Seventh Month Pregnancy Diet?
1. Iron and vitamin C rich food:
You ought to make sure intake of no less than 27 mg of iron a day. Anything lower than this implies you can be anemic, which can increase your chances of having a preterm delivery. Intake of vitamin C is also equally important, as the vitamin C is essential for the body to assimilate iron from the food. Here is the list of iron rich food:
- Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, turnip leaves, etc.
- Dried fruits like raisin, apricots, etc.
- Food fortified with iron like cereals, pasta, etc.
- Soy beans
- Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc.
Here is the list of vitamin C rich food:
- Citrus fruits
2. Food rich in DHA:
Do you want your baby to have a strong, smart brain? Then eat a lot of DHA- enriched food from this month onward. DHA, an essential fatty acid, is vital for the healthy development of the baby’s brain. You will need to get around 200 milligrams a day. You can achieve this by including:
3. Foods rich in Calcium and magnesium:
Excluding calcium and magnesium rich food during this month will bring about issues. Calcium is key for the development of the skeletal system of your child and magnesium is essential for the assimilation of calcium from the food. That is, if you include food loaded with 1000 grams of calcium, you ought to make sure to consume no less than 400g of magnesium to make utilization of all the calcium you devour. Magnesium additionally gives alleviation from leg cramps (by helping to unwind your muscles) and helps in preventing premature delivery. Therefore, it is important to include the following food in your seventh month pregnancy diet. Dairy products are rich in calcium. Remember to take low fat products for controlling the pregnancy weight:
Here is the list of magnesium rich foods:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Oat barn
- Black beans
4. Food rich in folic acid:
Utilization of folic acid is an absolute necessity to each pregnant mother, prior and in the course of pregnancy since it decreases the chances of neural tube defects. Eat 600 to 800 micrograms of folic acid per day. Include the following in your pregnancy diet:
- Dark leafy vegetables
- Whole grain bread
- Fortified Cereals
5. Fiber rich food and water:
To keep constipation (which is one of the normal indications of the third trimester) at bay, you ought to ensure the intake of a lot of fiber-rich food. Bear in mind that the water in your digestive tract is quickly absorbed by fiber, so drink a lot of water and different liquids to avoid the consequences of dehydration. Here is the list of food rich in fiber:
- Food items made with whole grain
- Vegetables and fruits
6. Food rich in proteins:
The growth rate of your baby during the third trimester will be the highest. Therefore, your diet should include protein. The amino acids that you get from protein, you feast on will aid in the rapid growth of your little one. Include the following items in your diet to ensure enough protein intake when you are seven month pregnant:
In conclusion, you should remember that you will start to feel heavy during this trimester, so to move and exercise is a must. Be physically active, unless the doctor advises against the same. Eat healthy and eat right, as your little chum is also putting on weight this month onwards. A healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet will ensure that your baby arrives in this world all hale and hearty. All the best!