By now you’re starting to feel like you’re pregnant, and even though it may not be visible to everyone else just yet, you’re probably beginning to see the first signs of a tiny bump. To confirm you’re not just seeing things, your favourite dress is probably feeling tight around the bust area, and it’s probably getting harder to pull the zip up on your pants. Most women have moments of anxiety over this period, which is completely normal, as you try and comprehend the enormity of what’s taking place and the realization that in less than eight months you’re going to be a mom. This is totally normal, but if you’re feeling very afraid or low about your situation make sure you speak to your partner or doctor.
Your little person is just over 30 mm long and about the size of a prune, tipping the scale at 4 grams! Your baby is looking a lot more like an actual baby and all their vital organs are developed and are up and running. Their little arm joints are in good working order and bones are already starting to form, along with fingernails and hair.
Your expanding uterus is now roughly the size of a grapefruit and you may start to feel aches and pains in your abdomen. This is because your baby is starting to put pressure on your organs, veins, muscles and ligaments. It’s amazing what a little prune-sized fetus can do. You may also be experiencing increased vaginal discharge, but don’t be alarmed – this is all very normal. Other changes you may notice on your body: more visible veins. They’re working overtime to carry the increased blood supply needed to nourish your growing fetus. During pregnancy, the average woman’s blood volume increases by 20% to 40% – fear not, those veins will be a distant memory once your baby is born. Other common symptoms you may still be experiencing this week include fatigue, food cravings and aversions, nausea, heartburn, bloating, occasional headaches and constipation.
- Drink plenty of fluids and ensure you allow your body loads of down time too.
- If you’re feeling anxious, discuss your fears and concerns with your partner or someone you can trust.
- If you have not already done so, be sure to book an appointment with your gynae for the first trimester screening test, that usually takes place at around the 12 week mark.