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Mum, it’s me!

I’m officially about the length of a 30cm ruler mum, from head to toe! I’ve also put on about 50 grams since last week, taking me up to 650 grams or so. That’s almost how much a loaf of bread weighs, which means I’m just about big enough for a cuddle. Aww, it won’t be long now! My skin is still covered with fine hair and I’m being protected with that waxy coating stuff. I’m also practicing taking big deep breaths, even though there’s no air in my lungs yet. I am swallowing lots of your amniotic fluid though, which is just as well - it’s like my cushion in here, protecting me from any bumps to your tummy, keeping me warm and helping my bones and muscles to grow. Can you tell it makes moving around in here much easier too? Weeeee! My head’s about level with your belly button now.

How are you?

The land of quickenings and contractions – oh my! If you’ve felt any sudden pressure inside your tummy, like a painless sort of tightening, these are called Braxton Hicks contractions and happen because your uterus is starting to prepare for birth. They’re perfectly normal and may occur once or twice a day for about a minute or more.

As for quickenings, this term simply refers to that moment when you first feel your little one moving around inside your belly, which you may have felt already.

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