Belt up your bump
Being pregnant is no excuse not to wear a seat belt. Put the lap belt under your bump and the shoulder belt between your breasts.
Your baby may now start to hear sounds, so she will soon be able to hear you if you start talking or singing to your bump.
Over the next few weeks your baby’s taste buds will continue to develop and she will be busy practising swallowing in readiness for life outside your womb.
You may notice a small amount of thick, creamy or yellow substance leaking from your nipples. Don’t worry, this is colostrum, your baby’s first milk, and it’s perfectly normal to leak during pregnancy. Breast pads might come in handy.
Because of the increased blood flow to your skin you might notice that you sweat more than usual. Keep your clothing light and cool, and drink plenty of water.
As other people start to notice that you are pregnant they might want to pat your emerging bump, but don’t worry about telling them not to if you feel uncomfortable about it.
Things to do
Try and drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
You may start to notice some swelling in your feet and ankles. If rings feel a bit tight or your shoes a bit uncomfortable, this is probably due to the increased amount of fluids in your body. Swelling or puffiness is most noticeable in the hands and feet.
Tell your midwife about these symptoms, especially if she says your blood pressure is raised.
Halfway there! Have fun stroking your tummy and talking to your baby.
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