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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 17

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.

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Baby is as big as an Onion
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 18

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.

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Baby is as big as a Pepper
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 19

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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Baby is as big as a Sweet Potato
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 20

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!

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Baby is as big as a Banana
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 21

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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Baby is as big as a Pomegranate
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 22

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!

Development

Your baby now has a regular sleeping and waking rhythm and your movements may wake them when they are sleeping. Their eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and fingernails cover the fingertips. Your bump is most likely becoming more and more visible and by now most people will be able to tell that you are pregnant! It may be time now, if you haven't already, to start looking into Antenatal classes - although you may not be attending for another couple of months the classes can book up quickly.

Baby is as big as a Mango
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Nutrition

The period from conception to toddlerhood is a critical phase of growth and development where the nutrition that your baby receives can have a positive influence on their future health for the rest of their lives. The level of growth is incredible – from a single cell at conception, to an amazing 500 trillion cells by year three. Decades studying disease patterns, has led to the discovery of links between the health of babies at birth and the development of allergies, obesity and other health issues later on. That's why it is so important to make sure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need during this time.

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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 23

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!

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Baby is as big as a Grapefruit
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 24

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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Baby is as big as a Cantalope Melon
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 25

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.

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Baby is as big as a Head of Broccoli
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 26

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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Baby is as big as a Lettuce
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Trimester 2
Pregnancy Week 27

Baby's eyes will soon reopen after being closed for the last few weeks

Your baby now looks very like how they will look at birth and they are gaining weight, storing fat and their body is getting bigger.

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Baby is as big as a Turnip
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