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Mum, it’s me!

Pick up an onion mum – it’s about the same length and weight as me right now – which is sure to make you cry tears of joy! That’s around 12cm long and 100 grams. I’m getting very hairy too, but don’t worry, it’s just a fine hair (called lanugo) to keep my whole body warm. I’m still learning to breathe, but I’m not quite there yet. My bones are hardening up though, and my legs are growing longer than my arms now. Oh and guess what? I have tastebuds now. And when I don’t like what I taste, I’m having lots of fun practicing making silly faces with my new facial muscles. Wow, I’m starting to look a lot like a baby...

How are you?

During the invigorating second trimester, the right kind of gentle pregnancy exercise will help give you more energy and keep both you and bub healthy. Exercise can also help prepare you for the physical challenge of labour, promoting muscle tone, strength and endurance. To exercise safely, enjoy something low impact like swimming or walking. If you prefer working out in groups, yoga classes are a great way to de-stress too. Every mum-to-be is different, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor or midwife about the right type of exercise for you.

And while week 15 is the perfect time to start making use of all your energy, it’s also really important to take care of your back. If you’re experiencing any sort of back discomfort, make sure you read our tips and remedies for easing it.

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