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.
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.
The lungs are developing further and baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into their lungs. Baby is still covered in fine downy hair and a waxy substance to protect the skin. Some of this substance may still be present after birth but it will then be quickly absorbed. Taste buds have formed and if you drink or eat something strange or bitter baby may taste it! They will gain about 3 ounces this week which is mostly made up of muscle bone mass and organs.
You need to include 3 portions of dairy foods per day to provide calcium for healthy bones. Calcium is also important for healthy muscle function. It is best to stick to low fat options as these provide just as much calcium but less fat. A portion would be equal to a yoghurt, one cup (200ml) low fat milk or a matchbox sized piece of cheese. Calcium can also be found in foods such as spinach or tinned sardines or tinned salmon. Try our calcium rich recipes below.
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.
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.
You have a little dreamer! Baby has their own sleeping pattern and will experience vivid dreams.
You are now in the third trimester of your pregnancy - congratulations, not long to go now! You might be starting to feel a little less sure on your feet as your centre of gravity has moved further forwards – take extra care on the stairs or in the bath or shower.
Space is getting tight! As your baby has less room you might start to feel stronger movements.
Sharing these movements with your partner, family or close friends can be a very special and exciting time and is a great way of getting them involved in your pregnancy.
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