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The baby is 11.6cm long this week - about the size of an avocado.
His nerves are being coated in myelin, a substance that will allow them to communicate with the muscles in the body, meaning he’ll be able to grab to the umbilical cord now with his tiny hands.
He’s doing some proper gurning at this stage, too, trying out his brand new face. He can yawn, suck his thumb and pull all manner of facial expressions.
Your body’s working hard as well, stretching and changing. You might get the odd twinge in your abdomen, which is likely to be round ligament pain. It tends to feel like a jabbing pain in the lower abdomen and groin area and you might feel it most when getting up from the bed or sofa, or when coughing or sneezing. If it’s severe, do give your midwife a ring to have your mind put at rest.
As you grow you might find you need to invest in a few more maternity clothes. A couple of pairs of trousers for work and some comfy things you can let it all hang out in at home. If you’re looking at tops and are hoping to breastfeed, think about the type that double as breastfeeding tops, too, so they’ll last a little longer.
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