At a glance:
- First facial expressions
- Your skin changes
- Your new maternity wardrobe
What’s happening to your baby
The muscles of the baby's face can now move and she’ll start making facial expressions, although she won’t really have any control over them yet.
She’ll also be able to move her limbs around and kick, even if you don’t feel anything. If you do, it will be more of a fluttering or ‘quickening’ sensation, which feels like butterflies in your stomach. It's also a good time to get your partner starting to build a bond with the baby.
What’s happening to you
Pregnancy hormones can increase pigmentation (colouring) on your skin. You may notice certain areas of your body looking darker such as the areola around your nipple, while moles, freckles and birthmarks may also darken.
Some women could develop cholasma, which appears as dark patches over the cheeks and nose if you’re light-skinned, and light patches if you’re darker-skinned.
What you may consider doing
Bra crisis alert! As your bump gets bigger please don’t forget your boobs. Thanks to pregnancy hormones, your breasts could go up a few cup sizes and they need adequate support throughout the nine months (which will help stop droopiness later on).
Be aware that this is about practicality not prettiness. You’ll need to get properly measured and invest in comfy, breathable, non-wired bras.
And avoid underwiring - not only is it uncomfortable for your bigger bosoms, but it’ll dig in and could damage your tender breast tissue
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99