Your increasing size is taking its toll. Backache, swollen feet and ankles are common complaints at this stage in pregnancy. So is sciatica, which happens when the growing uterus places pressure on your back and pelvis, causing periodic shooting pains in your lower back and legs. Rest, take a warm bath or apply ice to the sore area.
Another irritating complaint of pregnancy is thrush. Unfortunately this can be a recurring irritation as changes in the levels of female hormones, such as oestrogen, not only increase your chances of developing it, but also make it more likely to keep coming back. Talk to your pharmacist or visit your GP who is likely to prescribe a cream and pessary treatment. Oral remedies for thrush should not be taken during pregnancy.
Your babyYour baby measures 34.6cm and weighs around 660 grams. His spine structure is continuing to develop, nostrils are open and ears are working perfectly. He is also swallowing tiny amounts of amniotic fluid which can give him hiccups. You'll know when he has them because you'll feel him jerking around.
What to doRoutine antenatal appointment
If this is your first baby then you will have a routine check-up scheduled for Week 25. Your midwife will carry out her usual checks on your blood pressure and test for signs of protein in your urine. She will also use a tape measure to measure and plot your symphysis-fundal height.
What to think aboutMost antenatal classes take place around 8-10 weeks before your baby is due. However, if you're expecting twins you may want to start your antenatal classes now. Term for twins is considered to be 38 weeks, not 40, and many do have a habit of putting in an early appearance.
Tip of the weekMake sure you include fish as part of your weekly diet. It has considerable health benefits in pregnancy and has been proven to benefit the development of your baby's heart, eyes and brain. In fact one study found that children of mothers who had eaten a reasonable amount of oily fish during pregnancy had, on average, better communication and social skills at age 7.
Did you know?
There are 2,200+ babies born in the UK every day.
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