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Mum, it’s me!

Why hello there, can you see what I’m doing right now? Well no, but I’ll tell you - I’m wriggling my brand new set of eyebrows! I’ve got fine hair all over me now mum, and I’ve really hit my straps, growing more than ever. I’m almost the size of a cauliflower, weighing nearly 700 grams and measuring 34cm long. My fat stores are still developing, and just like Goldilocks, they’ll help to keep my body temperature ‘just right’ once I’m born. Tell dad to get excited this week – I’m pretty sure I can recognise his voice now! He sounds very handsome. My brain’s also making connections and getting ready for conscious thought. Mum, we’re almost into our third and final trimester together! I’m getting so excited...

How are you?

After working hard to keep weight off, it takes some mums a bit of time getting used to their bump. Remember, just because you’re getting bigger doesn’t mean it’s fat - things like muscle growth and fluid retention all contribute too. Stick to a well balanced diet and regular, gentle exercise and you’ll keep you and your baby healthy and happy. Exercise classes like yoga and aquanatal water aerobics will do you a world of good and it’s a great way to meet like-minded mums in your area. Remember to always check with your healthcare professional first to understand what exercise is right for you.

As for cravings, some say that it’s what your body needs - however, this is not really the case - especially if it’s asking for chocolate and chips all the time! Whatever you’re craving, do your best to try and keep your diet as balanced as possible. But if you’re craving strange things like sand or dirt or even strange smells such as soap or cleaning products, (this is a condition called ‘pica’), let your doctor or midwife know about it.

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