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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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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 28

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.

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Baby is as big as an Aubergine
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 29

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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Baby is the size of an Acorn Squash
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 30

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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Baby is as big as a Cucumber
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 31

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.

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Baby is now storing iron, calcium and phosphorous so make sure you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. Their hands are now fully formed and they spend time grasping their other hand or feet - helping with their never development. As your bump gets bigger you may find yourself slowing down a little. Gentle exercise is still important so try to fit it in where you can but don't overdo it. Walking, swimming and pregnancy specific classes like yoga or pilates are all ideal options. You may also have some trouble sleeping with your bigger bump - have a read of our tips below.

Baby is as big as a Pineapple
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Baby is now storing iron, calcium and phosphorous so make sure you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. Calcium and phosphorous are important for healthy bones and iron supports healthy brain development and helps cell division. Some experts believe that baby's future health is mostly determined by the environmental factors that they encounter, of which nutrition plays a key role. So by making sure that you are getting optimum nutrition now, you may have a positive influence on your baby's future.

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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 32

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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Baby is as big as a Butternut Squash
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 33

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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Baby is as big as a Coconut
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 34

Most of baby's bones will now harden, except for their skull. This is to help ease exit through the birth canal

Your own body will also react to help ease the birth. A hormone called relaxin will help you joints and ligaments to soften slightly which will make it easier for baby to move out of the pelvis.

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Baby is as big as a Head of Cauliflower
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 35

Your little one is getting bigger, gaining about half a pound per week

Once your little one arrives, breastfeeding is the best way of nourishing them. Your breastmilk will be uniquely tailored for your baby and will change composition a number of times once your baby arrives.

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Baby is as big as a Head of Cabbage
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Trimester 3
Pregnancy Week 36

Breathe easy! Your baby will soon drop lower into your pelvis, relieving some of the pressure from under your ribs

You may find as they get bigger that you have a little trouble breathing. This is because your internal organs have moved up in response to your growing uterus which can put some pressure on your lungs. As baby drops in the next couple of weeks this should ease up.

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Baby is as big as a Celery Stalk
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