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Your baby is around 42 cms long and weighs about 2.2 kilos (four and a half pounds). Both digestive and intestinal systems are fully-functioning - did you know your baby can sometimes wee up to a pint into the amniotic fluid. The first meconium stool (or first poo) is waiting in your baby's intestines ready to be passed once your baby's born. Something to look forward to (not)!
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
You'll probably have a routine antenatal appointment this week. If you're puzzled by anything you've read in your notes - ask for a translation! Midwives and doctors often write in abbreviations and code for speed. If you have a can for any reason, it's usually possible to tell what sex your baby is - so if you didn't know before, and want to know now, just ask. But remember some hospitals won't tell you.
If you've made a birth plan, it might help to look at it again and make sure you're still happy with your choices. And keep up the exercise. A brisk walk every day will help maintain your fitness levels, as well as relieve any backache or cramps. Have you started packing your birth bag? It's not too early - make sure you pack some snacks to keep you going during labour.
The big day: if you're planning on giving birth in hospital and you'd like a water birth, your maternity unit may only have one pool - so bear this in mind as you may have to change your plans at the last minute. Although some units offer birthing pools for hire - check with your hospital.
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