Your baby has now developed their sense of balance, and can tell which way is up inside your belly. His or her skeleton continues to grow thicker and stronger this week.
Some time in your second trimester (usually between this week and 28 weeks), your doctor will probably screen you for gestational diabetes, a high blood sugar condition that can strike during pregnancy. The screening test is known as the glucose tolerance test and it involves drinking a sugary drink followed by a blood test an hour later. Most women with gestational diabetes deliver healthy babies; the main risks are high birth weight and an increased chance that your child will develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Don’t panic if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It can be managed with simple diet and lifestyle changes and will go away after the birth.
This is a good week to check how well you are sticking to your baby budget and to make any changes necessary. Nursery furniture, prams and car seats can be surprisingly expensive and it’s easy to underestimate how much everything will cost.
It is not a good idea to sleep on your back if you can help it as this can cut off the flow of blood through the placenta. If sleeping on your side is uncomfortable, a pregnancy pillow may help.