You are only 4 weeks away from the halfway mark in your pregnancy! This week, there’s lots of excitement in store for you, as you may finally feel your baby move. Here’s a round-up of what you can expect.
Your uterus now weighs around 8.5 ounces and will continue to grow along with your baby. The placenta is growing too, and your body has increased its production of amniotic fluid to protect your baby. By this week, your baby is encircled in almost 7.5 ounces of amniotic fluid. You may find yourself exuding a ‘pregnancy glow’, thanks to a rise in blood volume by almost 50%. As your uterus continues to grow, it begins to exert less pressure on your bladder, reducing your need to make as many trips to the bathroom.
Your baby is now preparing for a growth spurt. The head is more stable and the eyes and ears are now located in their final positions. These changes make your baby look much more ‘normal’ than before. Your baby’s circulatory system is beginning to function properly and the heart pumps about 25 quarts of blood daily. You will start feeling slight palpitations or flutters this week too, caused by your baby’s movements. You’re more likely to notice these when you’re in a relaxed state. It’s okay if you don’t feel any movement just yet; it’s still early and every baby progresses at a different pace.
4.6 inches, or the size of an avocado.
Start interacting with your baby; this can be soothing and help you bond. Also, your baby will begin to recognise your voice and the voices of people around you in the coming weeks. Talk or read aloud and play soft music.Take any tests or scans advised by your doctor; these are usually routine procedures to check that everything is okay with you and your baby.
While your partner may already feel your baby move, it may be a little early for you to feel those movements by placing your hand on her belly. Until then, bond with your baby by reading, talking, or even singing to him or her.