At a glance
- Your baby is getting wriggly
- Your visits to loo become more frequent
- Driving with a bump
What's happening to your baby
Now that your baby is much bigger, you’ll definitely start noticing kicks and wriggles. He may even kick when he’s asleep – just like you move around during the night trying to get comfy. There’s no set number of times that your baby should be moving – each child is different.
However, if you notice that your baby hasn’t moved around for longer than you feel is normal, try to get him moving by drinking an icy cold glass of water. If that doesn’t work, call your midwife for advice.
What’s happening to you
Your baby is around 38cm long and he’ll be putting some serious pressure on your bladder. So those visits to the loo are likely to treble around now!
As tempting as it may sound to go cold turkey on the fluid front, it’s crucial that you keep hydrated – no matter how many times loo visits interrupt your sleep – because in extreme cases, dehydration can lead to premature labour.
You may also notice that you leak small amounts of urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze, which is known as stress incontinence . It’s due to the weight of your baby pushing down on your pelvic floor muscles, which controls the flow of urine out of your body. Keep your pelvic floor toned by doing daily exercises.
What you may consider doing
Having a big bump is no excuse to stop belting up in the car. Wear the lap portion so that it fits across your thighs and hips, and under your bump – not across the middle of it. The diagonal strap of the belt should sit over your collarbone, then go down between your breasts and be fastened so it sits above your bump, not on it. If you’re going on a long journey, make sure you take regular breaks to prevent your legs and ankles getting swollen (just like you would if you were on a plane).
Although you’re likely to need to visit the loo regularly anyway! If you’ve got backache, a cushion wedged in the small of your back can help ease it.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99