Hello everyone! So there is officially 15 weeks left until my due date. This pregnancy seems to be going so quick, my back is giving me so much grief, urgh!
About baby this week:
Your baby now weighs nearly 660g and is about 35cm long from crown to heel. He’s beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he’ll start to look more like a newborn. His senses are becoming more sophisticated, too.
Your baby’s beginning to make some breathing movements, though there’s no air in his lungs. His senses are developing fast. Around this stage, fetal brain scans show that babies respond to touch and light.
If you shine a light on your belly, your baby will turn his head, which shows that his optic nerve is working.
You may feel the need to put your feet up a bit more often now. Even though tiredness may be making a comeback, try to stay active. Swimming is great exercise as your bump gets bigger. The water supports your weight and your stretching ligaments, and swimming gently and safely exercises your whole body.
Check out your local pool for aqua-natal classes. Joining a class is a great motivator and you’ll meet other mums-to-be as well.
Try not to do any exercise too close to bedtime, though. Being active in the evening can make it harder for you to wind down. Gentle stretches are fine, but getting on the exercise bike is more likely to wake you up!
Speaking of getting to sleep, your growing bump may be making it hard for you to get into a comfortable position. It’s recommended that you sleep on your side rather than your back from the second trimester. You could use pillows as wedges to support your bump in bed.
Your fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling achy and numb. The passageway, or carpal tunnel, in your wrist that carries your nerve and tendons to your hand is swollen, as are many other tissues in your body. The nerve that runs through the tunnel is pinched, creating pressure that causes shooting or burning pain. Wearing a brace may help. Talk to your midwife or doctor about other ways to cope.