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Most of your baby's vital organs are formed and in place. Wow! And your baby's skin is gradually becoming less transparent. The rest of your pregnancy is about your baby's growth, so eat well and put your feet up when you can - your body's still working hard!
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
Have you noticed a difference in your skin? Sometimes it can itch where it's being stretched - moisturising baths and creams can help (but no, they won't prevent those dreaded stretch marks, sorry!). Have you started playing music or singing to your baby? This is soothing for both of you. If you get income-based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support, don't forget to ask your midwife about free vitamins. You can get these all the way through pregnancy and breastfeeding. A healthy bonus for you and your baby.
Pregnancy health: varicose veins are common in pregnancy. They're veins that have become swollen, occurring most commonly in the legs. You can also get varicose veins in the vulva (vaginal opening). They usually get better after delivery. There are ways to reduce the likelihood of getting varicose veins. You should avoid standing for long periods of time, exercise daily (walking, swimming) and sleep with your legs higher than the rest of your body (use pillows under your ankles or raise the foot of your bed). You could also try support tights - you can buy them at most pharmacies - not attractive to look at but they work!
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