What does my baby look like?
Have you noticed they are getting into a pattern of sleeping and waking? When you're in bed at night, feeling relaxed and trying to sleep, you might find they're wide awake and wriggling.
A baby born at this stage would need a lot of help in the neonatal unit, as their body is still very immature and not ready to cope in the outside world yet.
Your symptoms - what to expect
More vaginal discharge?
A slight increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is totally normal, especially if the weather is hot. You may find that it’s a mild-smelling, milky fluid, which is fine.
However, if it is smelly, itchy or a yellowy-greenish colour, contact your doctor or midwife as you may have an infection that needs to be treated. If the discharge is heavy, use a sanitary pad, not a tampon.
Actions to take
My midwife has suggested I have a whooping cough vaccination. Is it safe?
Between 20 and 38 weeks you’ll be offered a whooping cough vaccination to boost your levels of antibodies, which will then be passed on to your baby for protection.
Comprehensive research into the vaccine has shown that it’s very safe, with no ill-effects for pregnant women or their babies.
Can I exercise with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)?
If you’re suffering with SPD, try different exercises until you find one that works. Some women say cycling causes no pain while walking is very painful, others recommend swimming or aquanatal exercises.
If you’re swimming, avoid the breast stroke as this is likely to cause more pain. The key thing to remember is to stop any activity that causes pain.
“Once a week I went to an antenatal exercise class run by two midwives. They helped me to adapt certain moves to accommodate my SPD (symphysis pelvic dysfunction).”
Laura, mum of two
Keep up the calcium
Make sure your diet is rich in calcium, as this is good for your baby’s bone development. Calcium is found in dairy products, oranges, nuts, pulses and broccoli. You should also be taking 10mcg of vitamin D a day in pregnancy, which helps with calcium absorption.
Calling all dads-to-be
You’ll find loads of helpful information on our website, geared for mums and dads - but we’ve also got some FAQs specifically for dads-to-be - on pregnancy, sex and labour.
Find out more about supplements to take during pregnancy.
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By Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Sep 2017 - 21:55
Hi Tommy. I had an ultrasound scan @ 24 weeks and my sonographer said it's a girl. So I'll like to find out its there any chance it could be a boy. Don't know if scans are 100% accurate.
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Sep 2017 - 11:46
Most scans are quite accurate at showing the gender of your baby however they are not 100%, it depends on the position of the baby and the view that the sonographer was able to get. The only 100% way of knowing if when the baby is born.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 19 Sep 2017 - 14:32
I find difficult in sleeping is it safe to sleep on my back
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Sep 2017 - 16:20
thank you for posting. I'm sorry you are having a difficult time sleeping at the moment. At 23 weeks it would be good to start getting into the habit of lying on your left side to sleep. Gathering all your pillows to make yourself comfortable for sleep. After 16 weeks the weight of your pregnant uterus can affect blood flow from your lower body to your heart and slow placental blood flow to your baby if you lie on your back to sleep. After 28 weeks it is important to avoid sleeping on your back as there is a proven increased risk to stillbirth
Please don't panic if you do wake up on your back just try to get yourself back into a left side position to reduce your risk after 28 weeks.
Anna- Tommy's Midwives
By Anonymous (not verified) on 16 Aug 2017 - 08:42
Hi Tommy, I am over 24 weeks pregnant now but still feel no movement of my baby. However, the scan show that everything is normal. What should I do? Thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Aug 2017 - 10:27
Hi Vratz. Congratulations on your pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, it can take a little longer for you to recognize fetal movements, as you have not felt this before. But by now, usually you can feel something.
Sometimes an anterior placenta (a placenta at the front of your bump) can reduce how much you are able to feel fetal movements as it cushions the sensations. You can ask your midwife where you placenta is next time you see her.
If you have a higher than average body mass index (ie, you are overweight) this can contribute to feeling your baby less. The more adipose tissue (fat) there is around the tummy area, the more this can impact how much movement is felt. You can discuss this with your midwife too if you do have a raise BMI.
But it is also sensible to err on the side of caution and continue to be seen regularly if this lack of felt movement persists. You are always well within your rights to take yourself into your locaL day assessment unit, triage or labour ward to be checked for fetal movements. Please take care and feel free to contact us again if you have further concerns
By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Aug 2017 - 11:07
yes, its my first and higher BMI. I had my apt. with a midwife and she said everything seems to be progressing fine. I'm just craving to feel that kick (in absence of any other craving). Thank you so much for reassuring and your response.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Jul 2017 - 00:15
Hi Tommy,Just think thinking if ultra sound can be false at 22 weeks about the gender of the baby.Am doing great and baby is fine also.
By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jul 2017 - 15:36
Hi. Great to hear that your baby is doing well. You are correct that it is not possible for the sonographer to be 100% certain when confirming the gender of the baby by scan at 22 weeks. The main purpose of the anomaly scan is to check for any abnormalities in the baby. Best wishes
By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 May 2017 - 14:28
Can constipation and gas cause a lot of pain? Kind of like menstrual pains but they come and go
By Midwife @Tommys on 31 May 2017 - 11:24
Yes, constipation and gas can cause abdominal pain, however, during pregnancy, it is vital that any abdominal pain, at any gestation of pregnancy, is urgently reviewed by a midwife or obstetric doctor at your local hospital tirage/labour ward/day assessment unit. Please go get checked out if you have no already done so.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Nov 2016 - 11:42
I had a bleed on Tuesday had to stay in over night bleeding has stopped now am feeling loads of pressure when I stand and walk around is this normal?
By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Nov 2016 - 12:06
Hi, Without seeing you it would be difficult to reassure you that all is normal. I recommend that you call your midwife or maternity unit even if you were see 2 days ago. Best wishes
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2016 - 10:41
We are ever so sorry to hear this Sarah. Sorry for your loss.
Please feel free to email us or call and speak to a midwife if you feel you need more support or information!
Please look after yourself!
By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Nov 2016 - 04:49
Hi Tommy, thanks for your regular update about my pregnancy. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage so I am not pregnant anymore. Thanks Sarah.