Most of what your baby does from now on concerns maturing in preparation for life outside of his watery world. Your baby’s eye colour is now a slate grey/blue and he is opening his eyes from time to time.
Blood vessels are maturing in your baby’s lungs so that when he is born he is ready to take his first breath. If you could see your baby this week, you would see him practising his facial expressions!
Your stomach is probably feeling a bit squashed this week, so switch to eating small meals regularly rather than a big roast dinner, especially late at night, making it harder to digest. Read our feature on diet during healthy pregnancy.
Remember - it’s important to involve your partner as much as possible during your pregnancy, so that he doesn’t feel excluded. Here are our top tips on how to achieve this:
- Attend antenatal classes together whenever you can. These are a great way for you both to prepare for birth; you’ll learn about all aspects of pregnancy, labour and useful tips on caring for your baby. Your partner will also learn how he can help you during labour.
- Wherever possible, go to check-ups together so that you can both understand the developments in your pregnancy. You can also discuss any queries or concerns you may have with your doctor and hopefully alleviate any fears. One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is the ultrasound scans, so try to attend these together; nothing beats that first sight of your little one.
- Read baby books together; your partner may not be the one carrying the baby, but the more he learns about your pregnancy, the more involved he will feel.