What does my baby look like?
Your baby’s skin is now coated in a white, creamy substance called vernix. This is thought to protect their skin while they're in the womb.
Your symptoms - what to expect
Are you feeling constipated? Perhaps you’re suffering from cramps, dizziness or bleeding gums?
What is the linea nigra?
Noticed a dark vertical line going up your belly? This is called a linea nigra and sometimes appears around this time. It's nothing to worry about and will disappear eventually after the birth.
Actions to take
Many of you will have your anomaly scan this week - it will show how your baby is growing, check the health and position of your placenta, and highlight any visible problems with the way your baby’s body is developing.
It also gives you the chance to see your baby in amazing detail. Is he sucking his thumb in your ultrasound pictures?
What are the benefits of pilates during pregnancy?
Pilates strengthens and stretches your core muscles, and helps your body cope with carrying the extra weight of your growing baby. It can also help prepare you for childbirth and for recovering afterwards.
“Pregnancy yoga was seriously relaxing and ‘me time.’” Michelle, mum of one
In particular, it’s well worth toning up your pelvic floor muscles, doing the exercises as often as you can.
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ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.