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You

You’re probably feeling more and more uncomfortable as baby’s weight continues to increase. A healthy diet and some very gentle exercise might help you feel better. Keep doing your pelvic floor exercises.

You might notice more Braxton Hicks contractions now.

If you have a ‘negative’ blood type, you might be offered a special injection called Anti-D this week, or at your next antenatal appointment.

Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition that affects up to 15% of pregnant women and can occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms include:

  • severe headache
  • pain in your tummy area
  • changes in your vision – for example, blurred vision
  • severe, sudden swelling of the hands, feet, ankles and face
  • high blood pressure and protein in your urine.

If any of these symptoms come on suddenly, contact your midwife or doctor straight away. If there’s another reason why you have a high-risk pregnancy, you might need to see your health professionals more often and have an extra ultrasound scan.

Your baby

There isn’t much room for baby to move now:

  • Baby is about 30 cm from head to bottom and weighs about 2.1 kg.
  • Baby’s immune system is developing.
  • Baby can swallow up to 1 litre of amniotic fluid a day, and pass the same amount of urine.
  • Baby can do big kicks and roll over. This might feel a bit uncomfortable for you.

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