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Many women get excited about their pregnancy at this stage, as their lovely round bump really starts to show. Tell your midwife or doctor if you have any worries about your baby or size of your bump – they can help to reassure you.

Now’s also a good time to ask your midwife or doctor about antenatal classes.

Maternity clothes or looser clothes might be the go if your normal clothes don’t fit anymore.

Some of the less pleasant side effects of pregnancy might be kicking in for you now:

  • back ache
  • aching hips, especially when you’re lying down at night
  • leg and foot cramps
  • swollen ankles at the end of the day
  • varicose veins, if you’re prone to them
  • constipation and haemorrhoids.

Most of these problems can be managed quite well – ask your doctor or midwife for information.

If haemorrhoids are bothering you – itching or burning – increase the fibre in your diet and drink more water. It's also a good idea to do more light exercise. Exercise can help to reduce constipation, which makes haemorrhoids worse. Also discuss the problem with your health professional, who might be able to suggest a treatment.

Stress and pregnancy

Some stress is normal during pregnancy, but severe stress or stress that goes on for a long time isn’t good for you or your baby.

Stressful events like relationship break-ups and violence can have an impact on your pregnancy and wellbeing. If you feel very stressed, talk with your doctor or midwife at your pregnancy appointments, or call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

To reduce the effects of stress, it can help to learn more about the first few months with your new baby. You can learn by going to birth or parenting classes, talking to your midwife or doctor, sharing information with your partner, family or friends and looking at the information on this website. You can also call the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby hotline on 1800 882 436.

It’s a good idea to discuss the things you could be stressed about with someone you trust.

Your baby

Some parts of baby are complete at this stage:

  • Baby is about 19 cm from head to bottom, and weighs around 460 gm.
  • The inner ear is adult size.
  • The retinas of baby’s eyes are fully developed.
  • Baby is moving around a lot, because there’s still plenty of room.
  • Baby’s preferred position is probably ‘transverse’ – lying across your tummy but it will be changing position all the time.

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