At a glance:
- Baby heart beat
- Pregnancy appetite
- Sign up for antenatal classes
What’s happening to your baby
He might still be so tiny (at 4cm he’s smaller than your little finger and weighs in at 7 grams ¼ ounce) that he fits into the palm of your hand, but all his organs are formed, he has proper fingers and toes, a tongue with tastebuds, facial features and a hardening skeleton.
So he’s starting to resemble a baby rather than a miniature (but adorable!) alien. His skin is still see-through and though his lungs aren’t fully formed yet, his heart is beating about twice the speed of yours.
And he’s kicking and stretching like a prizewinning boxer - which he’ll keep doing throughout your pregnancy – but you won’t feel any movement for another month or two. AT any stage it is good to consider what to eat for a healthy baby.
What's happening to you
You could be suffering from heartburn (blame those pesky hormones for relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus).
And a word of warning, if you’re woken by snoring during the night, don’t kick your other half. Yep, you guessed it – hormones can make the inside of your nose swell…so you might now be the champion snuffler in your relationship.
Now for some good news, as you’re nearing the end of your first trimester, morning sickness could soon start to abate. Just watch your appetite return! You’ll probably start to gain a pound a week when it does.
What you may consider doing
Even though you don’t need to start attending any antenatal classes until your third trimester, popular courses (especially the ones run by the NCT) can get booked up very quickly so get yourself a place booked now. If you think you’ll struggle to attend classes then speak to your community midwife who might be able to lend you a DVD or suggest one you can rent or buy.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99