Your baby's translucent skin is finally starting to take on the familiar pink tones of a newborn.
What's happening to your baby?
Baby is currently growing tiny blood capillaries, which brings on the soft pink skin that we all recognise in a newborn. Your baby is about the size of a medium-sized pomelo, weighs roughly 600 to 725 grams, and the senses are developing at this stage. Intestines are also starting to work, and meconium (the first poo) starts to form. This is usually excreted after birth. Your little one is also starting to pass urine regularly, forming the amniotic fluid. The nostrils are finally unplugged, as baby starts to take "practice breaths" in preparation for the first breath of fresh air after birth.
What's happening to you?
Apart from the glucose tolerance test, or OGTT, that can take place up to week 28, your doctor might also test you for anaemia to determine if you need iron supplements. This might help restless legs syndrome, which some pregnant women face. This is described as an itchy, pulling feeling and an overwhelming sensation to move your legs. Unless advised otherwise, it's good to continue with light exercises.
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr TAN Shu Qi Senior O&G Resident,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
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