This week, your baby may well decide the time has come to enter the world. Most babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks. At 38 weeks the baby is full term and will not grow much more. Any weight he or now (approx. 20-30 grams a day) is 'back-up weight' for immediately after the birth.
Babies always lose a little weight after birth, so there's no harm in them gaining a little in advance. They have to get used to their new surroundings, and to breast milk or formula. On average, the baby will be back at his birth weight within about two weeks.
You really are on the home straight now. Many women get backache towards the end of their pregnancy. Because your bump is so large and heavy you tend to lean back, resulting in backache! Try not to lift anything heavy.
Weight gainThe average woman will gain about 12 kilograms during her pregnancy. Don´t worry if you only gain 5 kilograms or maybe as much as 25 kilograms, almost anything is normal.
The average distribution of this weight gain is as follows:
- Baby: 3200 to 3500 grams
- Extra fluid: 2000 grams
- Extra fat: 2000 grams
- Extra blood: 1500 grams
- Uterus: 1000 grams
- Amniotic fluid: 800 grams
- Placenta and membranes: 750 grams
- Your breasts: 400 grams heavier than before you were pregnant
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