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 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.
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.