At a glance:
- Baby's skin grows darker
- Blurry vision
- Time for a check-up appointment
What’s happening to your baby
Your baby’s eyes and ears are in their final position, although the eyes will still be closed. Fat is starting to develop on his body but he’ll still look quite skinny.
The pigmentation in your baby’s skin is also beginning to develop, thanks to melanocytes – skin cells that produce the skin pigment melanin – and this will continue after he’s born and well into childhood.
What’s happening to you
Are your contact lenses uncomfortable or your eyesight slightly blurry?
Vision changes are quite common in pregnancy because hormones cause a build-up of fluid in your eyes – in the same way you can get swelling in your ankles. It causes changes in the curvature of your eye, which affects vision.
It’s frustrating, but these changes are usually temporary so there’s no point getting a new eye prescription.
However, some serious vision problems can be a sign of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, so be sure to mention any changes to your doctor or midwife. Hormones can also affect your tear production, which is why your eyes might feel slightly dry and gritty. Try 1-2 drops of Optrex Dry Eye Drops, £3.90, three times a day for some relief.
What you may consider doing
Another to add to the list of pregnancy positives - you get free dental check-ups and treatment. So get that appointment booked pronto.
You may find that your gums are bleeding or more sensitive now you’re pregnant. Once again, it’s those pregnancy hormones causing some tissues in the body to become softer. Read more on pregnancy mouth health here.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99