Your baby is now covered in vernix, a slippery white coating that protects his or her skin. This week your baby becomes more active then ever as nerve cells continue to develop.
Between now and 22 weeks it’s generally recommended to have an ultrasound to check your baby’s development, screen for any abnormalities and if you want, to find out whether you are having a boy or a girl. An ultrasound can be very exciting as you get to see your baby, and watch him or her moving around in your belly.It’s also a great opportunity for your partner to bond with their baby. At this stage you are at an increased risk of developing a urinary tract infection. If you have a constant urge to urinate or experience a burning sensation while urinating then see a doctor. You may experience dizziness as the result of a reduction in blood pressure caused by pregnancy. Many women also develop varicose veins, hemorrhoids and bleeding gums during this week.
If you are buying big items for your nursery online make sure you order early so there is time for your furniture to be delivered and set up. The second trimester is generally when most pregnant women have the most energy so it’s a good idea to do the majority of the shopping and setting up now, before third trimester tiredness hits.
To prevent haemorrhoids and dizziness make sure you drink enough water during the day. This can help to increase your blood volume and reduce constipation.