You are now
You are now
Your baby may now be able to grasp, squint, frown and grimace. Some babies even start sucking their thumb about now! Fine, light hair is also beginning to grow and your baby has eyebrows.
By now, the placenta is your baby's complete life support system. As well as nourishing your baby, it also produces hormones that support your pregnancy. Amazing.
The first tests
You'll be offered tests to screen for Down's syndrome. The simplest is a blood test that works out the risk of your baby having Down's. Depending on the results, you may choose to have a chorionic villus sample (CVS), or amniocentesis, which would diagnose Down's or other chromosomal abnormalities. These diagnostic tests carry a small risk of miscarriage but scientists are working on how to remove this risk. CVS is done at about 12 weeks and amniocentesis is done at about 16 weeks.
See how your baby grows in our week by week image gallery.
You're now one third of the way through your pregnancy. Your womb is continuing to grow - it's now about the size of a grapefruit. It may be pressing on your bladder, causing you to make more trips to the loo! Remember, prescription medicines and NHS dental care are free in pregnancy and for the first 12 months after birth (remember not to have X-rays during pregnancy). You'll need form FW8 from your doctor or midwife. Don't miss out - make sure you get one.
Pregnancy health: if you're looking for relief from a cold or headache while pregnant, don't assume all 'natural' remedies are safe. If you'd like to use herbal or homeopathic remedies or aromatherapy, contact the Institute for Complementary Medicine to make sure that your practitioner is qualified. Tell the practitioner that you're pregnant, and tell your pharmacist and midwife or doctor which herbal, homeopathic or aromatherapy remedies you're using.
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