Can you believe this is the last week of your 2nd Trimester?
From next week you will be entering the final stage of your pregnancy, you are getting so close to holding baby now 😁 Baby This week your baby will be able to breath on their own which is a huge milestone.
Their lungs are now producing both protein and fats known as surfactant which keeps the lungs inflated. Their skin is also starting to smooth out as a they produce a layer of fat under their skin helping them look less prune-like and more like the baby you will meet in about 3 months' time. Mum How are you feeling mum?
As your baby continues to grow they will be putting more pressure on your stomach, add to that the increase in progesterone, could result in you feeling a little more bloated and constipated.
Try drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fibre (brown rather than white rice, pasta and bread) fruit and vegetables.
Now is also the time to shift to sleeping on your side if you haven’t already as sleeping on your back may restrict blood flow to baby. If you find yourself waking up on your back, don’t worry, as long as you fall asleep on your side, one tip from our members is wear your hair in a low bun at bedtime and this will help you stay on your side.
Also, it’s worth mentioning your pelvic floor exercises which you are hopefully doing daily, as the pressure will continue to increase over the final trimester, so the stronger your pelvic floor, the quicker it will recover post birth.
This article has been written using the latest guidance and information from trusted sources, primarily the NHS. This information should not replace the advice from professional medical advice.