In these last few weeks before delivery, the billions of developed neurons in your baby’s brain are helping him or her to learn about the in-utero environment your baby can listen, feel, and even see somewhat. Your baby’s eves can detect light and the pupils can constrict and dilate in response to light. Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time and even experiences the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, the sleep stage during which our most vivid dreams occur! Your baby’s lungs are almost completely matured. Fat will continue to be deposited on your baby’s body for protection and warmth. Babies gain a good deal of their weight in the final few weeks before birth.
With labor and delivery only 2 months away, you may be considering how you’ll cope with pain during childbirth. Among the things you’ll want to learn about are the most commonly used techniques for pain relief. These include breathing techniques such as those taught in Lamaze classes, pain-relief medications given through injection, and epidurals, where doctors can give an anesthetic by means of a soft, thin catheter that’s placed in your lower back. Whatever your ultimate choice, the more you know, the better informed your decision can be. Although you don’t have to make a decision yet, talk to your health care provider now about your choices.