Your little future genius already has a functioning and rapidly growing brain!
Your baby's head will appear larger than their body as their brain grows rapidly now. When they are born, around 25% of their adult brain will already be formed. This will increase to about 80% by the time they are 3 years old.
Fingerprints are formed in the womb by your baby touching the environment around them
Your baby is reaching out and touching structures such as the cord and the uterus walls. The pressue of this on their tiny fingers will result in "friction ridges" which form fingerprints that last a lifetime!
Baby might be tasting different flavours depending on what you eat!
Your baby's taste buds are now formed and as they swallow mouthfuls of your amniotic fluid they may experience different flavours depending on what you eat.
Baby can now get hiccups and their vocal chords are complete
Although you can't hear them making any sounds as sound can't travel through your uterus they are practising using their vocal cords before they are even born. And once baby arrives you will see that they have been giving them a good workout!
Your baby will quadruple in weight during month 4
During the second trimester you need to increase your calorie requirements very slightly. You need about 350kcal extra per day and this can be easily reached with just 1-2 extra healthy snacks.
Baby is covered in a fine hair called lanugo
The fine hair that covers their body is to protect their skin which is still very transparent. Most babies will shed this hair before birth but some babies (particularly if they arrive early) may not shed it until after birth.
Congratulations, you have now reached your 2nd trimester! This trimester is often the stage of pregnancy that mums-to-be enjoy the most. You can start sharing your happy news with family and friends and you will still find it easy to move around and sleep as your bump is still quite small. Enjoy this lovely time as you will notice a lot of changes during this trimester. The first 3 moths were a period of rapid development but the next three will be a period of rapid growth! Your baby will quadruple in weight during the 4th month.
It is often said during pregnancy that you need to eat for two - unfortunately this isn't the case! You actually need to eat twice as well rather than twice as much. But now that you are in your second trimester you do need a small amount of extra calories to support your baby's rapid growth over the next few months. You can easily reach these requirements of an extra 350kcal per day by including 1-2 extra healthy snacks. This can be as small as a banana and a yoghurt or a small bowl of soup with brown bread. Try some of the tasty recipes below.
Baby can now make a fist
Their legs and arms have grown significantly in the last few weeks and their body is now longer than their head which developed more radidply to begin with.
Baby is practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid
This breathing practice will help their lungs to develop and grow. Your little one can now make different facial expressions and they are becoming more active.
Your baby's eyes are closed and will stay that way until about week 28 of pregnancy
Your baby is now starting to store fat underneath their skin. This will help to keep them warm and provide energy so make sure you are including healthy source of fat in your diet.
Your baby can now hear your heart beating and soon they will hear noises in the outside world too
Your heartbeat will become a source of comfort to them over the coming months as they hear it gently beat they will get used to the rhythm.
Baby's leg muscles are strengthening so soon you may be able to feel slight kicks
Their legs have reached roughly the size that they will stay at but the muscles continue to grow. Make sure you are including foods rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein to support healthy muscle function.
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