The child

The child

Your baby is now about 8.6 inches (22 cm) from head to foot and weighs around 8 ounces (225 gm) at the start of the week—and about 9.9 ounces (280 gm) at the end of the week.

Your baby is growing quickly. The sensory organs—hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell—start to develop now. If you’re having a girl, around two million eggs will already be forming in her ovaries. The skin is coated with a white grease (vernix caseosa/the vernix) to protect the baby’s sensitive skin from the amniotic fluid. Some babies are still covered in this layer of grease when they’re born.

Most babies grow at about the same rate until halfway through pregnancy, and this is the point at which the individual differences in genetics assert themselves—some babies will be tall and thin, others a bit shorter and chubbier. Your baby’s birth weight is also affected by what the mother-to-be eats, so remember to eat a good, balanced diet.

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Mother

Mother

Your baby is moving more and more, and many women now feel the first movements in the form of a fluttering or rumbling—the real kicks come when your baby’s grown a little bit more. Your belly gets bigger as your uterus grows, and some moms find that their navels start to protrude.

Heartburn isn’t entirely uncommon. It feels like a burning sensation in your chest and can cause acid reflux. This is partly because the upper opening of your stomach relaxes slightly, and partly because your growing uterus pushes your digestive organs up. There are various over-the-counter medicines to treat heartburn—speak with your health care provider or pharmacist.

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Partner

Partner

Both your baby and the mother-to-be’s belly are growing rapidly. Why not massage skin lotion or a beautifully scented oil on your partner’s belly? The sensation of touch is wonderful, and the oil is soothing if your partner’s belly is itchy. Moreover, this can be a nice moment for all three of you since your baby will probably feel your movements.

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