At a glance:
- Your baby's little palms are developed
- It may be hard for you to sleep, but it can be helped
- You should start thinking where you want to give birth
What’s happening to your baby
Your baby’s hands will develop creases in the palms this week (cute!), and soon sweat glands will form in his skin.
He’ll also have his own unique fingerprints – they will have started forming as early as eight weeks. Your baby will also be improving the dexterity in his hands and fingers, which means he’ll be able to grasp things in his fist and even play with his umbilical cord by pulling on it.
He may suck his thumb and play with his hands and feet. Just think, not long until he’s gripping your finger in his little fist. In the meantime, you can check out these 7 brilliant ways to bond with your bump.
What’s happening to you
Your expanding bump may start making it harder to get to sleep – you might feel like you’re trying to sleep with a watermelon. But it’s important that you sleep on your side (ideally your left) rather than your back in the second trimester. Why? Because lying on your back presses down on the vein that returns blood from your lower body back up to your heart, and also to the placenta.
So you may feel faint or dizzy if you lie on your back for any length of time. If you tend to thrash around when you sleep and wake up on your back, just make sure you roll onto your side before dropping back off to sleep.
Using cushions to support yourself - including a pillow between your legs, may help you feel comfortable.
What you may consider doing
Now is a good time to start thinking about where you’d like to give birth. There’s generally a choice of three although they vary depending on where you live (and nope, a luxury 5 star hotel is not one of the options!).
The first is a regular maternity ward, where you’ll still be looked after by midwives, but there’ll also be obstetricians on the wards if needed.
The second is a birth centre. These can be attached to hospitals or stand-alone, have a more ‘homely’ feel and are run by midwives. But there’s no immediate access to things like epidurals or C-sections.
Finally, you can give birth at home. This is available if you’re having a low-risk pregnancy. Picking your birth centre does require a lot of thought and you really need to research what’s available to you before making any definite decisions.
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Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99.