At a glance:
Your baby's eyes become blue
Go for smaller meals to help your digestion
Things you can do about those leg cramps
What’s happening to your baby
Blue, green, hazel brown… wondering what colour your baby’s eyes will be? Well his irises – the coloured part of the eye – will have started to develop pigment (melanin) now.
Many babies are born with blue eyes (some will stay that colour) – because they’re still making melanin. Often the colour changes during infancy, going from blue to green, hazel or brown.
The more melanin you have (which is dictated by your genes), the darker your eye colour. So it’s likely if you’re brown-eyed your bub will be too. But you’ll know for sure by the time your baby is around two years old. Until then, why not check out the foods to avoid during pregnancy?
What’s happening to you
Now that your baby measures around 36cm and weighs over 1lb 2oz, there’ll be less room around the sides of your uterus and everything will be pushed upwards and squashed. Er, hello heartburn!
Your tummy will also be squished, so those big plates of pasta you were craving in the early part of your pregnancy may be harder to, erm, stomach. You may even feel nauseous after eating a large meal because you’re so full.
You may also notice that your leg – particularly your calf muscle – spasms. Some experts think it’s due to a shortage of nutrients such as calcium and magnesium being available to your body because they’re being used to help grow your baby. Cramps are most likely to occur when you’ve been sitting or lying still for a while, so don’t be surprised if you’re woken up at night by them.
What you may consider doing
Go for smaller, more regular meals that are easier to digest.Try half a sliced avocado on wholemeal bread, summer fruits and natural yogurt topped with chopped nuts or a ham and salad pitta bread.
To help you with cramps, try some pregnancy yoga stretches (straightening out your leg and flexing your ankle and toes is a great way to do this). You could also get your partner to massage the muscle. Probably not a good idea at 3.00am, though!
To try and prevent nocturnal cramps happening, tuck into snacks containing calcium and magnesium, such as a glass of milk and a banana. A magnesium spray may also help.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99