A great joy is coming!
So many amazing things are happening to your baby now, including a rapidly growing brain. As for you, mum, watch out for a dip in iron (so take your supplements) and the formation of varicose veins (wear compression stockings).
Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby's head is growing to accommodate his brain, which is also growing rapidly.
- If you are having a boy, his testicles are moving from their location tucked up near his kidneys down through his groin. If you are having a girl, her clitoris is fairly prominent, as her still-small labia doesn't cover it yet.
- His baby muscles and lungs continue to mature.
- His hearing has improved greatly.
- Your baby starts to create more blood for its own use.
- Your baby’s kicks and punches may be so hard that they may take your breath away, and even cause severe pain and unintentional loss of urine.
- As your baby uses most of the nutrients, you may feel like you need to eat again after a meal. But fight this temptation and trust that your baby is receiving all the nutrients he needs.
- As your hormones continue to fluctuate, you will experience skin rashes, dryness, and intense itching. Refrain from scratching your skin, and keep it moisturized.
- You may experience mood swings and may feel fatigued due to the amount of weight you are gaining.
- Your iron levels may dip now. So take in an average of 30 mg daily from prenatal vitamins or dietary sources.
- Lie on your side (usually your left side is best) to make yourself and your baby comfortable and for improved blood circulation.
- Start doing research on which birthing class you want to take; best to book it as well to ensure your slot.
- Planning on some postnatal massage? It's best to start hunting for the best packages (look here) and book services. You want to ensure you are pampered when your baby is out.
- In some cases, varicose veins may begin to form on your legs. Use compression stockings and elevate your feet to minimize this.
- Ensure you eat plenty of iron-rich food, which helps you make red blood cells.
Since your baby might be moving around a lit more, lie on your side to make you and the baby feel a little more comfortable and improve blood circulation.
Ensure that you're eating Iron-rich food, as your iron levels might start to dip during this period.
Try doing a kick count to observe: Pick a time when your baby is active, sit with your feet up and time how long it takes to feel 10 movements. If it takes longer than an hour, inform your doctor.