At a glance:
- Baby acrobatics
- Pregnancy heartburn
- Holiday with a bump
What’s happening to your baby
Whether it’s hiccupping, swallowing, sucking or doing acrobatic somersaults, your baby is already practising the vital movements that he’ll need to be able to do when he’s born (well, maybe not the somersaults).
He’ll measure about 14-15cm from crown to rump and weigh around 200g.
What’s happening to you
Your uterus will have grown to about the size of a cantaloupe melon. You may start getting heartburn, too. This can happen because your hormones have loosened the muscle that connects your stomach (which is full of acid) to your windpipe.
This means that acid can regurgitate up, causing a burning sensation in your chest. It can worsen as your bump gets bigger and also presses on this muscle.
What you may consider doing
Now is a great time for you to go away on a ‘babymoon’ before your baby arrives. Just make sure you check with your doctor that it’s safe to fly – it’s usually OK until around 34 weeks.
You’ll need to think about the types of things you can do on holiday now– strenuous activities like surfing, scuba-diving and skiing are all out. But, hurrah, lazing by the pool is very much in.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99