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Your uterus is about the size of a tennis ball. It’s putting pressure on your bladder, so you might be feeling the need to go to the toilet more often.

Your body is zinging with hormones to help your baby grow. You might feel quite sick as nausea peaks around this time. You might also feel more emotional, and you could be happy or grumpy at a moment's notice. Or you could feel like you have loads of energy.

Either way, lots of emotional swings are normal when you’re pregnant.

Pelvic floor muscles

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that support the bladder, uterus and bowel. It’s recommended that all women exercise their pelvic floor muscles every day to prevent weakness and improve strength.

Keeping your pelvic floor muscles in good shape with pelvic floor exercises will help to prevent urinary problems like incontinence later in pregnancy or after the birth. Pelvic floor exercises can also help with labour and your recovery after birth.

Regular light exercise like walking can also help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Your baby

This is what’s going on with baby:

  • The embryo is about 1.2 cm long from head to tail.
  • The eyes have formed underneath a layer of skin. The nose is starting to show. The upper jaw and roof of the mouth come together. The inner ear and tongue are developing.
  • Webbed fingers are taking shape.
  • The reproductive organs are developing, but it’s too early to tell whether it’s a girl or a boy.
  • The embryo’s tail is getting smaller – it will eventually disappear.

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