What to expect

What’s happening to my baby?

Your baby’s nerves are maturing and they are being coated in a sheathing called myelin, which helps messages pass from the brain to the various parts of the body. Of course, this also means that your baby will be far more mobile and in control of its actions – get ready for some bumping and kicking in there.

The waxy coating called vernix continues to build up on your baby’s skin, and some of this will remain at childbirth to help your baby’s passage through the birth canal. At almost 15cm, they are now the size of a carrot.

What’s happening to me?

You might notice increasing and more persistent skin pigmentation. This is usually a response to all the hormones hurtling through your body in addition to the increased blood flow. When this darkened pigmentation appears on your face it is called “chloasma”, but don’t worry too much – it usually fades after birth.

Stretch marks might also start to really appear, and these are often a cause for dismay for many. But try not to be too concerned: these are just a natural part of pregnancy shared by all mothers.