You are officially halfway to meeting your precious bundle (and if you go into labour early you are even closer!)
While it might seem like you have already been pregnant forever, and you may not have had the best time of it with morning sickness, tiredness and all those other pregnancy symptoms that take you by surprise, you should be starting to feel more like yourself again by now, with nausea (hopefully) subsiding, some of your energy coming back and enjoying showing off that bump that is looking more and more like a baby and less like you ate a big meal!
If you haven’t felt baby moving yet you’re sure to any day now, early movements are described as quickening, and feel different for everyone but usually tend to feel like a butterfly or a tickle – and then before you know it you will feel unmistakable kicks, jabs, punches and somersaults.
Your baby now weighs around 300 grams and is measuring approximately 25cms. Up until now, measurements have been taken crown to rump but from this week on the bub will be measured from crown to heel as they will be once they are born.
While you should still have fairly good energy levels, and hopefully sleep hasn’t started to deteriorate too much yet (sorry mama, it’s coming…) you might start to notice a few sharp pains in the groin area around now caused by the round ligaments that are supporting your ever-growing uterus as well as some back pain. These are normal but do keep an eye on them and let your doctor know if they don’t subside.
So what’s next?
Well if you haven’t already, you should be going for your second-trimester ultrasound also called the morphology scan, any day now (usually between 18 and 22 weeks) which means you can find out the sex of your baby if you haven’t opted for one of the earlier tests.
It’s also a good time to think about some practical things like your budget, what you’re planning to do about work and booking your antenatal classes.
But it’s not all practical stuff, now is also the perfect time to get planning all those fun things like your baby shower, your babymoon, the nursery and going shopping for some maternity clothes now that your bump is showing.
But most importantly, now is also the perfect time to treat yourself! Making it to halfway is no small feat and so why not mark the occasion with a little indulgence – whether that’s a pregnancy massage, a hair appointment or a delicious dinner out, do something that makes you feel good and give yourself a pat on the back for making it this far!