In just a few weeks’ time, you will be entering your third trimester! Exciting times lie ahead. For now, here’s a little forecast of the coming week.
Your uterus is now the size of a football and has reached midway between your navel and your sternum. You may experience some constipation. Continue to eat fiber-rich foods including oats, prunes and green leafy vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of water to fuel your bowels. If you find yourself unable to manage your constipation, consult your doctor for an appropriate solution.
Symptoms such as heartburn and insomnia may continue through the next few weeks. You may begin to see new stretch marks as you gain more weight. You will also feel your baby move more often.
This week, your baby’s skin changes from transparent to opaque, but still carries multiple folds and creases. As your baby gains more fat and becomes bigger, these folds and creases will fill out. Your baby’s hair has developed the colour and texture it will be at birth.
13.6 inches, or the size of a cauliflower.
Consider the type of help you will need after your baby arrives. If you plan to recruit a maid, start to look for one. If you plan to have your parents or parents-in-law come to stay with you, speak to them about when they should arrive.
Gain knowledge on baby care by reading articles, attending prenatal workshops and registering for the It’s Our Baby Programme on Cloudnine. Knowledge is power, and you are going to need every bit of information you can get once your baby arrives.
Read and learn about caring for your baby. Explore articles about diaper changes, feeding schedules and newborn care. Attend prenatal workshops along with your partner.