Congratulations, now you are officially halfway through! The size of your belly does not restrict your movements yet, morning sickness is gone and you sleep quite well. If it is summer, you should take your chance to go on a vacation now, because after giving birth, you might not be able to do so for a long time.
The expectant mother
Your womb is growing rapidly, pushing your lungs upwards and your abdomen outwards. Some women tend to wheeze a little as their internal organs put some pressure on their lungs, but this will cease later when the womb descends into the pelvis. If this is your first pregnancy, this will happen 4-6 weeks before you give birth, but in the case of women who have been pregnant before, the descent might signal the beginning of delivery. Your navel might protrude and stay that way until the baby is born.
The fetus weighs 280 grams and he is 25 centimeters long. Now you are able to tell whether he is asleep or awake. In the latter case, he moves around a lot. He can hear sounds and might be startled by loud noises. Ultrasound records can show how he covers his ears and jumps when he hears a sudden noise. His movements can be felt by anyone who touches your belly.
If you have gone through the recommended examinations last week, you do not have to visit the doctor.
During pregnancy you are more prone to have vaginal thrush. To prevent its development, you can add lavender or tea tree oil drops to your bathwater. Make sure that the water is not too hot.
As long as you feel safe while driving a car, there is no reason not to do it. However, it is very important to use the seatbelt appropriately: the lower belt should pass under your belly. A deflection fitting for safety belts exists for this purpose. Adjusting the height of the upper belt is also essential: coming from above your shoulder, it should pass between your breasts. This way both the mother and the baby is protected during an accident. Never miss to fasten your seatbelt!