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You

Your body is circulating about 20% more blood than usual. This might give you a pregnancy ‘glow’, along with a few side effects:

  • higher or lower blood pressure
  • nose and gum bleeds
  • headaches.

Your hair might also be getting thicker, and your nails could be growing faster.

If you need an amniocentesis for medical reasons, it can be done from 15 weeks.

Your family

It's common to think about your own parents, the part they played in your life and what you’ll be like as a parent. If your family lives far away or someone important to you is no longer alive, you can often feel that absence more strongly when you’re pregnant.

Pregnancy can bring families closer. Some women in particular find they like to spend more time with their mothers or families. Often this is about sharing the joy of being pregnant or the anticipation of a new baby in the family.

Some people choose not to have their families in their lives. You might become very aware of your feelings about difficult past experiences, and pregnancy could bring up strong or painful thoughts and reactions. If this sounds like you, it’s a good idea to talk with someone you trust or get professional help. You could talk to your midwife or GP or call Lifeline on 131 114. Many hospitals also have mental health workers who can give support and counselling.

Your baby

Baby is putting on weight rapidly:

  • It measures 9.5 cm from head to bottom, and weighs about 80 gm.
  • Baby’s body is now growing faster than its head.
  • Baby might suck its thumb.
  • A fine covering of hair – called lanugo – is starting to cover baby’s body.

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