Your baby is beginning to hear and respond to noises from outside your body. Don't be surprised if she jumps at loud sounds!
Your baby's hearing is so well developed by now that she will startle at loud noises. Soon she'll start turning her head to listen to sounds outside your body.
By now your baby weighs well over 2-1/2 pounds and most likely measures about 15 inches long. She's beginning to store enough fat beneath her lovely pink skin that she may already have those baby dimples on her elbows and knees. If your baby is a girl, she'll probably weigh less at birth than if you are carrying a boy; either way, your baby will probably weigh between 7 and 7-1/2 pounds at birth. If this is your second or third pregnancy, you can expect this baby to weigh more than your last.
As she runs out of room, your baby may bow her head down toward her knees, curling as she did when she was very tiny. She's long enough now that you'll notice her kicks more. Forget those little fluttery motions. This feels more like someone is elbowing you for space on the subway! Play "guess that body part" with your partner as you try to distinguish a knee from a heel.
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 8
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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