You are now
You are now
Your baby's digestive system is now completely formed and the baby starts to swallow small amounts of amniotic fluid. Your baby may hiccup too - you'll know this as your baby's movements will be more rhythmic.
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
This is an exciting time as you may have an ultrasound scan this week. This is to check your baby's growth, spine and internal organs are normal. Enjoy watching your baby on screen. Hot flush? During mid-pregnancy the amount of blood circulating round your body is increased. This can suddenly make you feel quite hot. Stay cool by wearing loose clothing in natural fabrics - but this doesn't mean you have to look like a tent! There are some fabulous maternity clothes on the high street.
Have you seen your baby move yet? Lie in the bath or on your bed, then watch and wait - you just might see something. You may have spotted what looks like milk leaking from your breasts. This is colostrum - it's your breasts' first milk. You may have also spotted a stretch mark too. You could try rubbing in a stretch mark cream to moisturise the skin. But there's no evidence that these creams actually work. Stretch marks occur deep in the skin - even the most expensive creams can't reach them... sorry!
Your relationship: does only one of you want to know the sex of your baby? Talk to each other openly. Try not to let the issue get out of hand - and be prepared to back down if necessary. Plus, some hospitals have a policy not to tell as scans aren't 100% accurate.
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