Your baby is looking more human than ever now and this week they can even make facial expressions like frowning and squinting. The senses are now kicking into overdrive, with the brain functioning for things like smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch.
This week also sees your baby’s skin start to form the waxy protective coating called vernix caseosa which will protect the delicate skin from the acidic amniotic fluid. Your baby will be born with this coating which many describe as looking cheese-like, but it should come off when they have their first bath.
How you’re feeling
You’ve likely “popped” now and your bump is well and truly visible, but don’t worry if it’s not. Every pregnancy and every woman’s body is different, so don’t go comparing yourself to anyone else. Some women get a large bump early on, while others remain small right throughout their pregnancy.
Have you heard of a little thing called baby brain? Well if you haven’t it’s likely that you’ve probably experienced it by now… Many women report feeling forgetful or vague during pregnancy which can be explained by either the hormones raging through your body, and your body’s main focus right now being on your baby, or simply that you suddenly have a million things to think of with the impending arrival of your little one.
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Go easy on yourself and don’t try to do too much. Many women try and rush to get everything done before the baby arrives – especially in the second trimester while they’re feeling good. But don’t overdo it, remember to get plenty of rest and don’t be afraid to take help when it’s offered.
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Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families. Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth...
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