At a glance
- Your baby becomes more defined
- Pregnancy waddle and dizziness
- What you can do to prevent fainting
What’s happening to your baby
This week, your baby weighs in at 1lb and measures nearly eight inches – about the size of a bag of sugar (although it probably feels like you’re carrying a huge sack of it!).
It’s around now that those little facial features are becoming more defined: she has tooth buds beneath her gum line, and, get ready for an ‘awww’ moment – her eyelids and eyebrows are now developed and those baby rosebud lips are also shaping up nicely.
The question you can’t answer yet is – will she look like you or your partner? See also what to eat in pregnancy for a healthy baby.
What’s happening to you
As your bump grows, you may notice that your walk begins to change and you develop the classic pregnancy waddle. This is because the weight of your baby changes your centre of gravity and you have to lean backwards, arch your back and walk with wider steps.
And it will become even more pronounced towards the end of the pregnancy. So take your time, walk slowly and hide those skyscraper stilettoes at the back of the cupboard…
It’s quite common to feel dizzy or light-headed during pregnancy – that’s because so much blood is being directed to your womb to help with your baby’s development. So if you stand up quickly, it takes a few minutes for the blood in the lower half of your body to make its way up to your head.
What you may consider doing
Get yourself into the habit of getting up slowly so the blood flow can adjust gradually. Make sure you eat regular healthy snacks (carry some nuts or raisins or fruit like a banana, apple or seedless tangerine in your bag) and stay hydrated to keep energy levels up and ensure your blood sugar doesn’t rise or fall too quickly.
If you feel faint or dizzy, sit down and put your head between your knees so the blood can return to your brain. You may feel foolish at the time, but trust us, the dizziness will soon disappear.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99
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