You may feel inflammation along the joints and fingers. There are increased chances of being susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome around this time.The Carpal Tunnel is a bone in the wrist. When the tissues around this bone start swelling, you may feel a pinching sensation. Wearing wrist bands while typing can help to ease the inflammation. You may be prone to mild body swelling called edema. This continues till around the end of your pregnancy. You may find the swelling worse in a warm environment. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body hydrated and ease the discomfort associated with swelling.
If your hospital allows pre-registration before delivery, it is a good choice to do so now. This quickens the admission process when you actually turn up for labour. You may consider deciding on the pain relief method that you may need during pregnancy and the different stages of labour.
Your baby's muscles are developing rapidly at this stage. He gains weight rapidly. His brain develops many billions of neurons and his head increases in size. The pupils in his eyes can adjust themselves according to the intensity of light in the surroundings. He sleeps most of the time like a new born and experiences the Rapid Eye Movement (REM). His lungs are almost fully matured. Due to the fat added on his body, his skin starts turning slightly pink.
The level of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby is highest during this stage. As your baby grows, the level decreases.