These weeks are very lively due to the fact that the little one inside you is moving, kicking and turning around more and more. The father can sense his movements too through your belly, and if he puts his ear to the right spot and it is completely quiet, he can hear the baby’s heartbeat too.
The expectant mother
From this week on you can feel uterine contractions which almost feel like menstruation cramps. Your womb contracts and relaxes cyclically even when you are not pregnant, but they become stronger and more perceptible as the fetus grows. By means of these contractions, your womb ensures that there is proper circulation in its blood vessels for giving birth. Being stressed, exhausted or having sex might make the contractions more frequent. If they are getting stronger and too frequent, consult your gynecologist.
He weighs half a kilo now and is approximately 29 centimeters long. His proportions are just like a newborn’s, but he is thinner and more wrinkled as the body fat under his skin is still scarce. His nails are fully developed.
If everything was all right at the check-up last week, you do not have to see the doctor.
Mind your magnesium intake, as it helps your womb to relax and weakens the pain the contractions might cause. You might feel exhausted sometimes, if there is not enough oxygen circulating in your blood. You can help this by taking iron. Ask your specialist during blood tests what vitamins or minerals should you take.
As the baby grows, his weight puts an increasing amount of pressure on your abdominal and pelvic muscles. As a result, these muscles can become stretched, causing hemorrhoids and incontinence. Exercising these muscles helps you prepare for giving birth and quickens the regeneration process afterwards. Pelvic muscles shut off the pelvic outlet in three layers, supporting the bladder, the womb and the rectum. By strengthening these muscles, you can prevent the development of hemorrhoids and postnatal incontinence. You should note however, that intimate gymnastics can only be practiced if your pregnancy is completely problem-free, so ask your doctor before you start exercising.