The child

The child

Your baby measures about 10.6 inches (27 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 16.4 ounces (465 gm) at the start of the week—and about 19.4 ounces (550 gm) at the end of the week.

The skeleton and organs can still be discerned through the baby’s skin. Your baby’s hearing is improving, and she can now differentiate various sounds from both inside and outside the mother-to-be’s body. Your baby will recognize both the tone and rhythm of your voices when she is born.

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Mother

Mother

Your digestion is affected by your growing belly. You could have problems with constipation or heartburn. Relieve heartburn by eating several small meals rather than fewer big ones. An after-dinner walk can also help.

Are you starting to feel your baby’s body parts through the wall of your belly—a tiny foot, perhaps, or a knee? The ligaments that hold up your uterus stretch as your uterus and baby grow, sometimes causing discomfort on the side of your belly. This discomfort should subside if you rest—contact your health care provider otherwise.

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Partner

Partner

Of course you can make contact with your baby! If you talk to your baby in the belly, she will recognize your voice when she is born. Doing so can also have a calming effect on your baby. Talking or singing to her also helps to stimulate the development of your baby’s nervous system.

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