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As you enter your 7th month of pregnancy at week 26, your baby's lungs are growing stronger and getting ready to breathe. You may notice that your baby responds to the sound of your or your partner's voice. You may also notice that your baby does less turning and twisting and more squirming or jerking. Jerking often means that your baby has the hiccups. Hiccups are perfectly normal and are only temporary.
You may want to think about attending a childbirth preparation class. This is also a good time to start thinking about whether you want to have pain medicine during labour.
Most pregnant women are tested for gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28. Gestational diabetes occurs when your blood sugar level gets too high when you're pregnant. The test is important, because you can have gestational diabetes and not know it. But the condition can cause problems for your baby.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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