By now, you should be able to feel gentle kicks and movements. However, not feeling movements until next month is perfectly normal as well.
Your baby has begun to develop reflexes such as sucking and swallowing and may begin to suck its thumb anytime now. Buds on the side of the head begin to form into the outer ear and your baby can hear your voice now.
The placenta is fully formed and the umbilical cord continues to grow and thicken to carry enough nourishment from mother to foetus. Your baby’s digestive system is forming and intestines are present, containing meconium, your baby’s first stool.
By the end of this month, it may be possible to determine your baby’s gender during an ultrasound as the external sex organs are developed and visible.
6 – 7 inches, the length of a mango.
# Tips for mum:
You will probably be noticeably pregnant now, as your waistline thickens and your muscles and ligaments begin to relax. Your appetite may increase as you begin to feel better. Rapid weight gain may follow. Eat carefully to ensure optimal nutrition for you and your growing baby.
- Take iron and calcium supplements
- Keep the genital area clean and dry
- Start applying oil or cream around the tummy area to reduce and prevent stretch marks