This week your baby develops thick eyelashes and more hair on its head. The lungs and spine also continue to grow. At this stage your baby’s spine is about the length of your palm.
After being a little lower for the past few months, your blood pressure should be back to where it was pre-pregnancy. A very small number of pregnant women suffer from a raised blood blood pressure condition called pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia affects up to eight percent of all pregnant women and if left untreated can be dangerous for mother and baby. If you are overweight, carrying multiples, already have high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes you could be at an increased risk of developing pre-eclampsia. Many women with mild cases do fine with bed rest and regular blood pressure monitoring. Those with more severe cases may need to deliver their babies early because pre-eclampsia can restrict blood flow to the foetus. The main symptoms of pre-eclampsia are bad headaches, swelling in hands or face, sudden weight gain, blurry vision, and/or upper abdominal pain. If you experience any of these, speak to your doctor immediately.
You are probably waking up several times a night and you might find yourself experiencing some bizarre dreams. This is completely normal. GENERAL ADVICE: You may notice that the skin on your belly is very tight and taut. To avoid developing stretch marks you can try rubbing cocoa butter cream or bio-oil into your skin every day.