How Your Baby Grows: Month 7

Your Baby

  • The baby can open and close her eyes and suck her thumb.
  • The baby exercises by kicking and stretching.
  • The baby responds to light and sound.
  • The baby is now about 15 to 16 inches long and weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds.

Your Body

  • If your ankles and feet swell from standing, lie down with your feet raised. If your hands and face swell suddenly, call your health care provider.
  • Stretch marks may appear on the abdomen and breasts as they get bigger.
  • You may have contractions. This is normal, but call your health care provider if you have more than five contractions in one hour.
  • As your belly gets bigger, you may lose your sense of balance. This makes it easier to fall. Be careful!

Prenatal Care Guide

  • After the 28th week, visit your health care provider every two weeks for prenatal care.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are good for you. You should gain 1 pound a week this month.
  • Get plenty of rest—your body is working hard.
  • Start childbirth education classes if you haven’t already done so.
  • Most health care providers do a blood test for gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) at 24 to 28 weeks.



Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes