Guess what? Your baby is now starting to develop skin! And, amazingly, all the other organs, while still tiny, are already in place. Optic nerves are developing, and the head is now well formed, though still much larger than the rest of the body. His heart and liver are taking up a lot of room in your womb this week. Also new, the spine is formed. Arms and legs are lengthening, and the little ‘tail' will soon disappear. In the next couple of weeks, ‘webbed’ hands and feet will make room for proper, well- separated fingers and toes. What a busy week!
You are well on your way, with your baby due in around 33 weeks. Many women have to shift down a gear around this time. Some of the less-than-pleasant side effects of pregnancy might be rearing their heads. They include for example, the much talked-about nausea, sleeping problems and mood changes, which can arise because of hormonal changes in your body.
Still, don’t push yourself too much right now! Being pregnant may not be an illness, but there is still a strain on your body. Perhaps your daily routine and your working life will allow you to take an extra break here or there.
Iodine is an essential trace element, and during pregnancy your iodine requirements increase. Iodine deficiency can have extremely negative consequences on an unborn child so it's super important you're meeting your body’s needs, and your unborn child’s needs. Surprisingly, one of our richer food sources of Iodine is from Iodised salt. So while we don't advocate adding too much salt, you might want to consider using Iodised salt if you do use any. Pregnancy supplements may also help you meet your extra Iodine needs.
Did you know the taste for food will develop inside the mother’s womb throughout the pregnancy? Taste preferences will be influenced by whatever the mother eats during pregnancy and by the taste of the mother’s milk later on.