Week 22 - Babysense
Category_Advice & Tips>Pregnancy & Birth Talk>Your pregnancy week by week>2nd Trimester

Week 22

Pop goes the belly button! At week 22 you may notice that your belly button that was so neatly tucked away has now popped out (commonly known as an ‘outie’). Rest assured it will go back to an ‘innie’ once the baby is born, but sadly it’s probably stretched a bit and unlikely that it will go back to its original size. Your Baby Your nugget is looking like a miniature newborn baby doll, covered in fine hair called lanugo, weighing in at 450 grams and is nearly 28cm long (size of an avocado). Their little eyelids and eyelashes are fully developed and even more hair is sprouting on the top of their pip. Your baby is also starting to make sense of the world as their senses develop further. They can distinguish between light and dark and their little grip is well developed too. They are also tuning into radio mom, so don’t feel embarrassed to chat or sing to your little one during your down time. Your Body Your uterus is now above the belly button and growing before your very eyes. Your baby is starting to invade your space, which would explain your sudden shortness of breath and increased heartburn. You may however notice that your hair is looking thick and healthy (although more hair also results in new hair sprouting up in unexpected places), and your nails seem to be growing at a rapid rate and are much stronger than before. Now would be a great time to get a pedicure and manicure. But you may also find that your favourite pair of shoes are starting to squeeze your feet a bit – that’s because foot growth is taking place due to both swelling (edema) as well as that hormone relaxin. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that your feet will return to their original size. Sensible Tips Healthy teeth and gums – make sure that you floss and brush your teeth regularly during pregnancy. You’re more susceptible to gingivitis while pregnant so look after those pearly whites. The human belly rub – whether you like it or not, it seems that when most people see a bump their hand automatically gravitates towards it. Some women don’t mind this at all, whilst others can’t stand it. If you feel it’s a massive invasion of your personal space, try coming up with a clever way of telling people you are uncomfortable with your tummy being touched. But remember, they’re doing it out of love and intrigue and not out of spite – so be gentle on them. We find humour always works best in awkward situations.
Week 23 - Babysense
Category_Advice & Tips>Pregnancy & Birth Talk>Your pregnancy week by week>2nd Trimester

Week 23

You may be starting to feel a little more uncomfortable and tired at the end of each day, and swollen feet are certainly not making the situation any better. Sluggish circulation, and increased water retention are what’s causing the swelling. So make sure that in the upcoming weeks you regularly take time out to put your feet up and drink lots of fluids throughout the day. Your Baby Your gorgeous growing babe is about the size of a mango, around 29cm and weighs in at roughly 500 grams. If you had a sneak peak into the womb, you’d find that your little one is getting bigger and cuter by the day. Their little face is as cute as buttons and just needs a little extra fat to fill it out before they’re absolutely perfect in mom’s eyes. Which brings us to our next point: your baby is about to embark on a massive growth spurt over the next four weeks, will double in weight, so those cheeks will fatten up in no time. In other news, your baby is taking time out of their busy growing schedule to listen to all that’s going on in the outside world. They’re starting to recognize sounds, the first being mom’s voice, and may even recognize their furry friend’s bark when they arrive home for the first time. Your Body Don’t freak out, but you may actually be able to see your little one move about under your skin. You may also be noticing a dark line running between your belly button and pelvic area. This line is know as Linea Nigra and is caused by the same hormone that makes your aereolas turn a shade darker as well as your freckles. Fortunately, this discoloration will fade shortly after pregnancy. Sensible Tips Have you started saving for baby’s arrival? We know it feels like it’s weeks away, but its never too early to start saving. This would be a good time to discuss a will with your partner. With an extra family member on the way, you will need to adjust your will to ensure that your child is taken care of.
Week 24 - Babysense
Category_Advice & Tips>Pregnancy & Birth Talk>Your pregnancy week by week>2nd Trimester

Week 24

In the past week your uterus has lifted above your belly button and is now the size of a soccer ball, so stretching down to paint those toenails may be a little more difficult. To make matters worse, you’re probably constantly wanting to scratch all over your breasts and bump which are itchy due to the stretching skin. At this stage of your pregnancy, you may be required to have a glucose-screening test to see if you have gestational diabetes (a pregnancy-related, high blood sugar condition). Your Baby Your baby is the size of a grapefruit, weighing 600 grams and is 30cm long. If growing were an Olympic sport, your baby would be a gold medalist, already plumping up by 100 grams since last week. They’re filling up and looking more like a newborn baby everyday. And that gorgeous face that you’ll be kissing non-stop in the near future is just about fully formed. Your cherub is sprouting hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. Their see-through skin is also gradually starting to become more opaque. Your Body You may be starting to feel a little heavier on your feet as your bump continues to expand. Besides stretch marks, swollen feet and ankles, and leg cramps – you may also be experiencing numb wrists and fingers. Chances are, it’s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Get relief by avoiding sleeping on your hands, and sleep with your arms propped up on a pillow at night. Sensible Tips Chat to your medical aid about adding a new family member to the scheme. Make sure you have all your ID documents ready so that your baby can be registered at birth. Take a photo of your growing bump so you can compare your growth from just four weeks back.
Week 25 - Babysense
Category_Advice & Tips>Pregnancy & Birth Talk>Your pregnancy week by week>2nd Trimester

Week 25

Your little soccer ball is now fully exposed, with the little midfielder regularly kicking, constantly reminding you about the upcoming match day. But with your growing bump, you can be sure to experience new pregnancy symptoms each day, which now includes heartburn, gas, bloating and snoring to name just a few. But take comfort in knowing that you have just 15 weeks left to go until you are full term. Your Baby Now it’s the size of a pawpaw, measuring 34cm and weighing in at around 670 grams. That lean little figure is fattening up and becoming pinker. Your baby is also growing more hair, and by now it’s starting to show colour. The lungs are also steadily developing, as well as the nostrils. Up until now they have been blocked, but this week they will start to open. When this occurs, your little one will be able to take practice breaths in preparation for due date. Your Body With your growing uterus putting pressure on your rectum you may develop hemorrhoids. Which quite frankly can be downright painful and unpleasant. Constipation can aggravate it further, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids and add lots of fibre to your diet. You may also be struggling to sleep as your bump gets in the way of finding a comfy position. Restricted sleeping positions and frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night can make for long and wakeful nights. Try place pillows between your legs, behind your back, and under your belly to get a little more comfortable. Sensible Tips Your second trimester is almost coming to an end, and so are your increased energy levels. Make sure you tick as many items off that to-do list as possible while you still have energy to move around. If you haven’t started thinking about names, now would be a good time to really sit down and right down a few options that could be in the running. Don’t forget to take a picture of that growing bump as a keepsake.
Week 26 - Babysense
Category_Advice & Tips>Pregnancy & Birth Talk>Your pregnancy week by week>2nd Trimester

Week 26

Working a full day, rushing to antenatal classes, dashing to Yoga, sprinting home to cook dinner and walk the dog? It’s time to slow down and put your swollen feet up a bit more than what you’re used to. Less Superwoman and more Lois Lane please. While taking time out to relax, you may occasionally feel a sudden tightening in your belly – that is a contraction! Say what! But don’t panic and rush off to hospital with your bag packed just yet. It’s just your body preparing itself for the big day. As long as the contractions are irregular and mild you’re not in labour, you just experiencing a bout of Braxton Hicks. Your Baby Your nugget is now approximately 750 grams, measures over 35cm and is the size of an aubergine. Their playground is starting to become a bit cramped which means their movements may be restricted to more kicking and punching and less cartwheels and somersaults. Excitingly, your little one’s eyes are now beginning to open and they can start seeing what’s going on around them. In other growth news, their immune system is gearing up for life outside the womb by soaking up your antibodies. Your Body Your blood pressure may be increasing slightly, which is normal. However, your caregiver will be monitoring this at all your checkups, as a serious condition called Preeclampsia can develop around this time. Make sure you listen to your body and are aware of unusual changes that should signal warning signs. Call your doctor if you have sudden swelling in your face or puffiness around the eyes. We know you’re already feeling like a balloon, but if the swelling seems above average and you have sudden weight gain, splitting headaches or blurred vision you could have the onset of Preeclampsia. Sensible Tips Have you decided whether you’ll be keeping your baby’s cord in a stem cell bank? If so, set up an appointment with a consultant to find out more about the benefits and costs involved.

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