You are now
You are now
Now about 35 cms long and weighing around a kilogram (just over two pounds), there's not much room left in there! Your baby's eyes are now open and its skin is taking on a flesh colour. Your baby's bones will be hardening too and the lanugo will be starting to disappear.
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
You'll have another routine antenatal appointment this week. Your midwife will check your blood pressure and you'll be asked about swelling of your ankles, feet and hands - this is to rule out pre-eclampsia<. If your blood is Rhesus negative, (about one in seven of the population is) your blood will be checked for antibodies now. And treatment may be needed. How does your partner feel about impending fatherhood? You're the main focus of attention - but he could be feeling worried and slightly overwhelmed... grab a cuppa and have a chat.
Is colostrum leaking into your bra? You can always use breast pads to soak it up. If you don't have colostrum coming though, don't worry - some mums-to-be only have it once their baby is born. If you energy levels are flagging, give them a boost with a banana or milkshake. Yum!
The big day: a major part of your baby's birth day is your birth plan. You might want to start thinking about the kind of birth experience you'd like - and who you'd like with you. Do you want to have your baby at home or in hospital? Do you want a birthing pool? What about pain relief options? The more you consider, the better prepared you'll be. And remember, your birth plan needs to be flexible as your baby may have other plans!
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