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Mum, it’s me!

Hic! Hic! Hiccup! Oops, excuse me mum. You might notice my baby hiccups start this week. I’m also moving around and kicking lots more ... perhaps I’m going to be the footy star you’ve always dreamt of. Tell dad I’m practising my catches, grabbing at my umbilical cord every now and then too, but don’t worry it won’t hurt me! He’ll be so proud! Can you believe if you pick up a 30cm ruler, that’s almost how long I am? Plus, by the end of the week, I’ll weigh a chunky 600 grams. My bones are busy developing now, so most of your calcium is going straight to me - sorry mum! That’s why it’s extra important that you’re getting enough calcium every day during pregnancy. Try consuming foods high in calcium whenever you can. Mmm yes, maybe we should have some yoghurt right now...

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Back discomfort is very common during pregnancy. As it progresses, stable joints and ligaments including your pelvis will relax, helping to make the delivery of your baby easier later on. Your centre of gravity also changes, so you may feel like your body is thrown off balance at times. If your back is niggling you, there are a few things you can do to help, which are covered off in our article on back discomfort.

More than ever, keeping good posture and strengthening your pelvic floor stability will help to prepare you for birth and take some much needed pressure off your back. Remember to keep lifting and squeezing that pelvic floor – read our guide on how to exercise your pelvic floor.

And remember to keep maintaining your calcium intake where possible. Even if it means drinking all the milk in your cereal bowl!

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