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You

You might be able to feel your baby moving from the outside now, by putting your hand on your belly. As your baby gets bigger, you and others will be able to see baby moving. Towards the very end of your pregnancy, you might even be able to recognise some body parts.

Other people might comment on your belly or even touch your belly, even if you haven’t asked them to. It’s OK to tell people not to do this if it makes you uncomfortable – it’s your body.

You might have a blood sugar test for gestational diabetes this week, or in the next few weeks.

Your baby

Baby:

  • measures about 21 cm in length, and weighs about 630 gm
  • still looks thin as the ‘fattening up’ process hasn’t really started
  • has a layer of fat developing underneath the skin, so the skin is less see-through
  • likes to sleep when you’re awake – this is because your movements rock baby to sleep
  • likes to move when you’re trying to sleep – this is why you might feel baby’s movements more at night
  • might be hiccupping, which might feel like tiny waves of regular movements in your belly – this is completely normal.

Very early birth

Some babies could survive if born now. But they are regarded as extremely premature. They need help to breathe and would have to spend a long time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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