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.
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.
Your baby now looks very like how they will look at birth! They are gaining weight and storing fat now and their body is getting bigger. Their eyebrows , eyelashes and hair is growing everyday. Their eyes which have been closed since the first trimester can now open again and the retinas are beginning to develop. As your bump continues to grow you may find it difficult to get comfortable while sleeping. It is recommended that you sleep on your side, preferably your left side, while pregnant. Sleeping on your side allows for maximum blood flow to your baby and helps with kidney function. Use pillows to help you get comfortable.
It is recommended during pregnancy to avoid supplements that contain high levels of vitamin A and foods such as liver which are very high in vitamin A. This is because too much vitamin A (greater than 10 times the recommended daily amount) can be harmful to baby. However foods containing beta-carotene, a different form of vitamin A found in foods such as carrots, red peppers and sweet potatoes are safe to consume and are important to support healthy vision. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in oily fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel is also important for healthy vision and to support brain development. Try some of our recipes rich in these nutrients to support baby's visual development during this time.
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!
Hands are fully formed and grasping is their new favourite hobby
As you near the end of pregnancy your bump is probably getting bigger and bigger. This can make things a little more challenging but getting some gentle exercise such as swimming is still a good idea.
Half of your weight gain going forward will go directly to baby
Getting the right nutrition during pregnancy can positively influence your baby's future health so continue to include a healthy balanced diet with a variety of nutrients right up until baby arrives - and beyond!
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