You can check on your baby by keeping daily kick count charts. This
is done by recording the first 10 movements you feel each day. If you
notice that baby's movements are becoming less frequent or if they stop
altogether, you should contact your doctor.
You are also probably experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. There
are practice contractions, that aren't painful, but can be
uncomfortable. You acutally have these practice contractions
throughout your pregnancy, but aren't aware of them ususally until
the final weeks. These contractions also help draw up the cervix and
thin it for labor.
While baby's lungs still aren't mature yet, most of his
other body systems are completely developed. His nerve cells
and connections are functioning, and he can feel pain. You can
even make him move if you push on your abdomen. He's almost 18 inches long, and weighs almost 3.5 pounds.
Disclaimer - Each pregnancy, expectant mother, and unborn child is different. Your pregnancy may not progress the same as the information found here. The information here is based on the average pregnancy. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice your may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your doctor.