At a glance:
- Your lively baby
- Fluid flow
- Faux contractions
What’s happening to your baby
The size of a coconut, she’s around 16 inches long and weighs roughly three and a half pounds. Her digestive system, liver, kidneys and pancreas are functioning and her little body is plumping out with fat underneath the skin. She’s also extremely lively – wriggling, stretching and kicking so much now that you might even see your bump move – especially when you’re relaxing in the bath.
What’s happening to you
Been feeling a lot clammier and, erm, damp recently? Well, due to your increased blood flow which makes you feel hotter, your body sweats more as a way of cooling you down. Nice! Make sure you keep well hydrated with lots of cold water. If you feel numbness or pins and needles in your fingers, especially your thumb and first two fingers – this is Carpal Tunnel syndrome. It’s a result of fluid retention in your carpal tunnel – which is a structure in your wrist housing your nerves, tendons and ligaments. You’re due for another antenatal appointment around now, too, so bring up any issues or worries with your midwife.
If you’ve been feeling the muscles in your uterus tightening from time to time then don’t rush to hospital – you’re probably having harmless Braxton Hicks contractions. These should be quite random, won’t hurt and can last around 30 seconds. However, if they’re frequent contractions i.e. more than four in an hour (even if they’re not painful), you notice a change in your discharge (like watery, more mucus or bloody in any way), suffer from cramping, abdominal pain and an increase in pelvic pressure or lower back pain, call your GP or midwife. These could be signs of premature labour.
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99