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.
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.
You have now reached your third trimester. Congratulations - not long to go now! Your baby has their own pattern now for sleeping and being awake. It is also thought at this stage that baby may be having vivid dreams when they are sleeping. Their feet are just over 2 inches long and their eyes are starting to move into their sockets. It has been seen that now talking and singing to baby will slow down their heartbeat - your voice will continue to be calming for them after birth so spend some time bonding with your bump!
During your final trimester your energy needs increase slightly again as your baby is getting bigger. An extra 500kcal per day over the usual daily reqirements is recommended. This is easily acheived from just 1-2 extra snacks per day for example a portion of pasta with sauce (500kcal) or a wholemael sandwich with cheese and tomato (about 300kcal) along with a yoghurt and some berries (about 150kcal). Snack on low fat dairy foods, fruit and veg and wholegrains rather than foods such as biscuits or crisps which are high in saturated fat and sugars. Try some of our tasty snack recipes below. .
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!
Baby is drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid each day
They are also urinating roughly the same amount! They can move around a lot now and may suck their thumb or grab at their feet.
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