What to expect

What’s happening to my baby?

Your baby is focused on filling out now and developing fat stores for insulation and energy. Measuring in at over 23cm from head to bottom, and 35cm from head to toe, they are starting to look more and more like a fully formed baby – although still a bit wrinkly!

What’s happening to me?

Around this stage of pregnancy you might be offered a blood-test to determine your blood type. This determines whether you are Rh-positive, in which case you will be blood-type A+, B+, AB+ or O+. Otherwise you will be Rh-negative, and A-, B-, AB- or O-. Babies who are born Rh-positive while their mothers are Rh-negative can encounter health problems, so it’s important to stay on top of this and discuss the strategies for managing this issue with your doctor.

The Braxton Hicks contractions you started to experience a few weeks ago may start to ramp up now. Try not to mistake these for labour contractions – these contractions are irregular, not prolonged and can stop suddenly depending on how you are sitting, moving or lying down.