Your baby’s taste buds have recently started to form. The way their body is developing now allows for it to be measured in two ways during an ultrasound: from the top of their head to the coccyx and from the top of the head to their heels. Your baby is now growing rapidly; body length will be double what it is now by the 12th week. They have eyelids covering their eyes, and in their chest cavity, the diaphragm now separates their heart and lungs from their digestive tract. Your baby’s heart beats at its own pace – at between 120 and 160 bpm (beats per minute), it beats much faster than yours – and may accelerate even more as a result of your adrenaline during stressful situations. So try and avoid stress. Easier said than done, but worth a try!
From the outside looking in it is probably still not possible for most people to tell by looking at you that there is a baby growing in your belly. Yet there is already a lot more there than you perhaps imagine. So many organs have developed, and many more are still under construction. You may find that you are more tired than you would have thought but it is totally normal – you are growing a little human being inside your body!
Time to get drinking! You should be putting away plenty of water while pregnant. It is an essential component of your blood, of which the volume has increased significantly since the beginning of your pregnancy to ensure you pass on the necessary nutrition for your baby. It is therefore essential to avoid dehydration while maintaining this increased blood volume. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and even more in hot weather. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas with caffeine, as they can get passed on to baby, which is not desirable.
“I drank a beer when I didn’t know I was pregnant. Have I put the baby in danger?” It’s a common question. Drinking should always be in moderation anyway. If you had a beer or a glass of wine at a barbecue before you realised you were pregnant, you probably haven’t affected the baby. However, it is advisable that you don’t drink alcohol for the rest of your pregnancy as alcohol can cross the placenta to your baby which is not a good thing. You increase the risk of foetal alcohol syndrome, miscarriage, premature delivery as well as low birth weight.