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.
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.
Up until now your baby's liver and spleen have been producing blood cells but this job will now be taken over by the bone marrow. Your baby's small intestine will now start to absorb small amounts of sugar from swallowed aminiotic fluid. Your baby is radiply gaining fat now and its skin is covered in a white fatty substance to protect the skin from the amniotic fluid and also to help with delivery. Dads-to-be have lots of questions and concerns about bringing a new baby into your home but they can sometimes feel a little left out in pregnancy. To make your partner feel more included bring them to antenatal classses with you, read baby books together and get them to help you more around the house and nearer to the time get them to practice putting the car seat in and out of the car.
Iron is a key nutrient found in foods such as red meat, chicken, eggs and leafy green veg and is important for yours and your baby's healthy blood. It's important to keep an eye on your sugar intake during pregnancy as too much sugar can cause a surge in your baby's blood sugar levels which will then cause a surge in insulin production. Too much sugar has also been linked to increased weight gain during pregnancy and plays a role in gestational diabetes. Make simple swaps such as avoiding fizzy drinks and opting for water on its own or with a small amount of fruit juice diluted in it, add chopped fruit to your porridge instead of sugar or honey and snack on unsalted nuts or crackers with hummus rather than sweets or biscuits.
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.
Baby is getting more & more curious and explores their surroundings by touching the cord and feeling their face & hands
Their hands are now much more developed and they can make a fist or clasp as well as getting more familiar with their surroundings.
Soon your baby will be able to store memories from their time in the womb
Iron is a key nutrient to support your baby's brain development which is still growing rapidly so make sure you are including iron rich foods such as red meat, eggs or pulses.
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