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.
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.
There is lots happening this week. Although baby's skin is still thin and they haven't yet stored all their fat they are very well built now. At this stage they are considered "viable" which means that if they were born now they would have a good chance of survival in a neonatal unit. The structures of their spine are now forming - all 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments. Their hands are becoming more developed and they can make a fist or clasp. They are getting more and more aware of their situation and are exploring by touching structures in the uterus such as the cord or feeling their face, hands and feet.
Iodine is a key nutrient to include in your diet during pregnancy. It is found in foods such as fish, dairy foods or eggs. Iodine will support a healthy nervous system which is important for the further development of your baby's nerves in these final few months. It is also important for the healthy growth of children. B vitamins play several key roles in a healthy pregnancy. Thiamin and vitamins B6 and B12 also support a healthy nervous system as well as helping to reduce tiredness and support the immune system. Find these vitamins in foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals, eggs, chicken, and fish. A varied diet is the best way to ensure you are getting all of these micronutrients.
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.
Baby's eyes are almost always blue at this stage but they can change colour in the first 6 months
Over the next few weeks baby will begin to get into their birthing position. Right now it’s natural that you should be gaining weight. At this stage, your uterus is 500 times its original size!
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