At a glance:
- Your baby is getting proportional
- Pregnancy discharges... again
- Weird drreams
What’s happening to your baby
By now your baby’s body parts will start to look more in proportion. The only exception is his head, which will still be quite large compared to the rest of his body. His fingernails will be fully developed and will continue to grow in the womb, meaning that when he’s born, they could be quite long and need cutting to prevent him scratching himself.
What’s happening to you
Ok, so it’s not the kind of thing you want to be overheard talking about on the bus to work, but during pregnancy the amount of discharge produced can increase. It should still look and smell the same as before. If it changes and becomes thick, smelly, profuse or changes colour, see your doctor to check if you have thrush or an infection. It’s important you get this checked out as some infections can increase the risk of premature labour.
You may feel itchy down there too. Luckily, thrush can be treated with over-the-counter medicines – usually a cream or pessary.
However, it’s important that you tell your pharmacist that you’re pregnant before asking for it. Prevention methods? Wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid strong soaps or feminine washes as they disrupt the natural pH and growth of health bacteria in the vagina.
What you may consider doing
Having weird dreams? No need to freak out – it’s completely normal. Nobody’s totally sure what causes them but they could be related to your hormones. But these dreams are simply a way of working through any thoughts and anxieties about your baby’s approaching birth and motherhood.
Talking about it could also help you work through any issues that you have, plus you may discover your partner is having strange dreams, too.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99