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.
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.
If you are having a boy, the genitals are now distinct and may be able to be seen on an ultrasound. If your baby is a girl, their uterus has started to develop. Their legs have reached the relative size and with increased muscle development occuring as well you will most likely start to feel more than just flutters soon! Your placenta continues to grow and is providing more and more nourishment. Your baby will increase its weight 15 times between now and delivery!
During early life, your baby's gene functions and their organs are still flexible and can be positively affected by factors such as nutrition. During this time, you can help to influence their health as babies, children and even as adults. Your baby's muscles are now strengthening - protein, calcium and vitamin D are all important for healthy muscles and healthy muscle function. Have a look at the articles below to find out where to get these key nutrients to support your baby's development.
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.
Your baby now has their own regular sleeping and waking routine
Your movements may wake baby when they are sleeping, in the same way that their movements or kicks may keep you up at night!
Baby can now tell if they are upside down or the right way up
Now that baby's inner ear is developed they have some sense of balance so they can turn from side to side or head over heels. They are also now proportioned like a newborn baby!
Strange tastes may now make baby's taste buds tingle!
It is still important to make sure you are getting a healthy balanced diet to support yours and your baby's nutritional needs. Remember to include 3 portions of dairy foods per day to provide calcium for healthy bones.
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