Your baby is getting downright chubby as fat deposits continue accumulating beneath her skin, which looks pink because blood vessels are so close to the surface. She'll rely on those fat deposits after she's born to provide energy and insulate her against cold. By the end of this week, she'll probably weigh more than 2 pounds. The placenta is now almost fully developed.
Your baby is still kicking so much that you might worry if she's suddenly quiet. Don't. How much a baby kicks has more to do with her personality than with her health. If you want to reassure yourself that everything is fine, you can do an average "kick count." Lie on your left side -- usually early evening after you've eaten is the best time -- and check to see how long it takes to feel 10 movements. Do that every day for a week; then average the number of kicks to see what you should expect. Remember too that your baby's movements will naturally change as you enter your 9th month and her bedroom becomes more cramped.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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