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Mum, it’s me!

My eyes, mum ... I think they’re starting to ... open up! Instead of just sensing light through your womb, now I can actually see it - with my own two little blinking eyes! It really is incredible. So is the fact that I’m the size of an iceberg lettuce this week, about 35cm long and almost 800 grams. My ears are fully formed too, so you might notice I’ve been more responsive to sounds than ever before. I’m still breathing in your amniotic fluid, practicing for the real air I’ll be breathing very soon. I’ve even been having a go at sucking my thumb and my fist (or whichever I can get to first). My heart’s beating on average 110-160 beats per minute, and my brain’s developing just as fast, so I hope you’re sticking to that pregnancy diet of yours mum. Keep those nutrients coming! Can you believe we’re almost at the end of our seventh month together now? Time flies when you’re having baby fun.

How are you?

You might have a few things on this week. A short glucose tolerance test is a blood test that’s recommended at around 24 to 28 weeks to screen for gestational diabetes, and involves you drinking a glucose drink and having a blood test one hour later. If this comes back high, you may be asked to come back for a formal glucose tolerance test.

By now you should be feeling movements every day, and you may feel more focused on the reality of motherhood. Some anxiety is normal, but sharing your feelings with your partner, good friends and family can help you gain perspective too. A supportive midwife or doctor should also be readily available to discuss anything you have on your mind.

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