2nd October 2019
How much weight does a baby gain in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy?
In your final month of pregnancy, your baby will gain around 1/2 pound per week, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. By the time he's ready to meet you and his new family, his weight can range from 6 to 9 pounds.
How much weight gain is normal in the third trimester?
On a trimester basis in a woman with a normal pre-pregnancy weight: First trimester: 1-4.5 pounds. Second trimester: 1-2 pounds per week. Third trimester: 1-2 pounds per week.
Some babies are large because their parents are large; genetics does play a part. Birthweight may also be related to the amount of weight a mother gains during pregnancy. Excessive weight gain can translate to increased fetal weight. By far, maternal diabetes is the most common cause of LGA babies.
For years, babies were considered term (what we often call full-term) between 37 and 41 weeks of pregnancy. As a result of these findings, experts now don't consider babies term until 39 weeks. Infants born during weeks 37 and 38 are considered early term.
38 Weeks Pregnant Signs of Labor
- Mucus plug and/or bloody show. You might have a discharge that's thick like mucus (the mucus plug) and could have a slightly bloody tinge (the bloody show).
- Back pain.
- Water breaking.
Your baby at 36 weeks. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered "early term." (Full term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are preterm, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.)
By two weeks, I expect a baby to return to birth weight. The average baby then gains about one ounce per day for the first month, and about one or two pounds a month until month six. Most babies double their birth weight by five or six months, and triple it by a year.
At three months of age a baby boy should weight about 6.4 kg, or 14.1 lbs. A female baby should weigh 5.8 kg or 12.8 lbs. These weights are concurrent with the 50th percentile weights on most doctor charts used to chart infant growth.
Newborn to 1 Month. Newborns under a month old need to have at least six or more wet diapers every day. They usually have about 3 to 4 bowel movements a day. Parents often change at least 10 soiled or wet diapers daily during the first month.
Size 1 diapers generally go up to 14 lbs. The baby will reach this weight at about 3.5 months. Size 2 diapers generally to up to 18 lbs. The baby will reach this weight at about 7 months.
You do want to change him/her every 2 to 3 hours, but it is not necessary to wake a baby to change a wet diaper. However, the acid content of a bowel movement may irritate your child's skin and should be changed as soon as possible once your baby is awake.
If breastfeeding, it may be necessary to burp your baby after every 5-10 minutes (or so). For bottle babies, try burping after every half an ounce to an ounce. Babies need frequent diaper changes to keep them comfortable and prevent diaper rashes. The best time to change your baby's diaper is right before feeding time.
On average, a newborn drinks about 1.5-3 ounces (45-90 milliliters) every 2-3 hours. This amount increases as your baby grows and is able to take more at each feeding. At about 2 months, your baby may be taking 4-5 ounces (120-150 milliliters) at each feeding and the feedings may be every 3-4 hours.
Waking A Sleepy Baby. A healthy baby who is older than two weeks is not going to sleep through feedings – he will most definitely let you know when he is hungry! However, you can't assume that a newborn will let you know when he needs to eat, and that's why it is important to wake him for feedings.
Frequent feedings also will help stimulate your milk production during the first few weeks. By 1 to 2 months of age, a breastfed baby will probably nurse 7-9 times a day. Before your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be "on demand" (when your baby is hungry), which is generally every 1½ to 3 hours.
During the newborn period, most breastfeeding sessions take 20 to 45 minutes. However, because newborn babies are often sleepy, this length of time may require patience and persistence. Feed on the first side until your baby stops suckling, hands are no longer fisted, and your baby appears sleepy and relaxed.
From 2 weeks to 2 months of age, they sleep an average of 15.5-17 hours total, about 8.5-10 hours at night and six to seven hours during the day spread out over three to four naps. During the third month, babies need an average of 15 hours of sleep, 10 at night and five spread out over three daytime naps.
Here are some tips to help your baby settle down to sleep:
- Give your baby a chance to nap frequently.
- Teach your baby the difference between day and night.
- Look for signs that your baby's tired.
- Consider a bedtime routine for your baby.
- Put to your baby to bed when he's sleepy but awake.
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Practical tips for finding a no tears solution
- Establish a regular nap schedule.
- Put your baby to bed on the early side, such as 6:30 or 7 o'clock.
- Make changes slowly.
- Find a soothing bedtime routine and stick to it.
- Develop some "key words," as Pantley calls them, to signal to your child that it's time for sleep.
This will usually happen between 4-6 months of age. A baby won't outgrow the 'Moro' or startle reflex until around 6 months old so the closer you can make the transition to that benchmark, the more seamless the transition will be. If your baby has started rolling while swaddled, he/she is likely ready to transition.
Most experts recommend starting when your baby is between 4 and 6 months old. By about 4 months, babies have typically started to develop a regular sleep-wake cycle and dropped most of their night feedings. These are signs they may be ready to start sleep training.