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Mum, it’s me!

Helloooo growth spurt! I told you it was going to happen soon mum. Now I’m about 16cm long from my head to my bot, and by the end of the week, I’ll weigh almost 180 grams. What was that? Did you just laugh at me saying ‘bot’? See, my hearing’s starting to get much better now. I’ll probably start reacting to loud noises outside your belly soon. My bones are still pretty rubbery, but they’ll harden up as the weeks go by. That’s why I’m loving all of the milk and yoghurt you’re having – we need as much calcium as we can get from now on. My kidneys are working well too, and just like you, I’m doing lots of little tinkles every day.

How are you?

If this isn’t your first baby, you might be able to feel your little one moving around already, but it is ok if you don’t. Most mums start to feel movements between 18-22 weeks. Or, perhaps things aren’t “moving” at all and you’re feeling a bit constipated! Don’t worry, constipation can be common during pregnancy, which is why eating a diet rich in fibre is key.

While skipping off to regular check-ups and immersing yourself in the world of pregnancy and mother’s groups, your partner might be feeling a little bit left out. Now more than ever, preparing you both for parenthood, not just your birth, is so important. So a great way to offer him plenty of support is to share your knowledge and experiences. Ask him to come along to your midwife appointments and antenatal birth classes too (if you haven’t looked into these yet, now’s a good time). The more he knows and understands, the more he’ll be able to ask questions, participate and get excited. Especially when it comes to giving foot massages!

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