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.
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.
You may now be beginning to show a bit more but don't worry if you haven't noticed a bump yet - every pregnancy is different and you may not begin to show until later on. By now your baby has learned to breathe and they are inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. This will help their lungs to develop and grow. Their facial muscles are more developed so they may have different expressions like squinting or frowning. They are becoming more active and can kick or even somersault!
With your baby growing and developing every day and all of the changes that are happening in your body, it is important to make sure you are getting the right balance of nutrients to support both of you. Use the food pyramid as your guide and include a variety from each food group - breads cereals and potatoes, fruit and veg, dairy foods, meat and meat alternatives and limit the top shelf "treat" foods to only an occasional treat. Every nutrient will play a different role in your baby's development so a varied diet is the best way to ensure that you are getting everything you need. One example is Iodine which is important for the healthy growth of children and will help you to produce energy from foods. Try our iodine rich recipes and learn about the roles of other nutrients below.
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.
Your baby can now hear your voice clearly
Speaking to your baby each day will help them to get more and more familiar with your voice and when you welcome them to the world they will know that familiar sound. Make sure to get Dad talking to your bump too!
The sweet taste of amniotic fluid means that babies naturally have a preference for sweeter flavours once born
Your baby is now rapidly gaining fat and their skin is covered in a white waxy substance called vernix caseosa to protect it and to help with delivery.
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