At a glance:
- Your baby’s listening
- Pregnancy nose issues
- Your pregnancy diet
What’s happening to your baby
Around this time, your baby will start to hear muted sounds from the outside world; noises your digestive system makes (she finds the whooshing noises comforting, believe it nor not!); as well as the sound of your voice and heart. Talking or singing to her will help form a close bond.
Her eyes will also start to become sensitive to light. Even though they remain closed, she can register a bright light outside your tummy, so if you’ve hit the beach in your chicest maternity bikini for some holiday fun, your baby will probably be aware of the sunshine hit. Check out the ways you can introduce your little one to music and these 7 brilliant ways to bond with your bump.
What’s happening to you
While your baby continues to grow and develop, you may notice that you feel permanently bunged up. You could also suffer from nosebleeds and sinus pain. Joy! It’s all because of the increased blood flow to the membranes in your nose and sinuses, so try to avoid rooms with the central heating or air conditioning on full blast as they’ll dry out your nasal passages.
As that’s near impossible with our unpredictable (and usually freezing) weather, portable humidifiers or a saucer of water left under a radiator can help prevent the air becoming too dry. You could also try a saline nasal spray.
What you may consider doing
Eating well in pregnancy is important because it provides vital nutrients for your baby as well as fuelling you through the day. So you really are eating for two.
Now that you’re in your second trimester, you’ll hopefully find it easier to eat healthy food (step away from those salt and vinegar crisps)! A balanced pregnancy diet should include protein, carbohydrates, dairy and fruit and vegetables, as well plenty of fluids. Your baby will thank you for it.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99