Your baby's putting on more fat while your womb becomes tighter
By Dr Tan Shu Qi, Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Your baby is about the size of a butternut squash and weighs between 1.05 and 1.25kg. At this stage, your little one is rapidly gaining weight. The more fat your baby puts on, the smoother and pinker the skin gets. Baby's head is still growing to support the developing brain and the skeleton is solidifying. Calcium is important to support the developing bones. As the space in your womb becomes tighter, you can feel baby's every kick. Perhaps a future Joseph Schooling in the making? The fine layer of hair covering the body, called lanugo, is now slowly falling out.
You're probably very aware of your baby's movement routine by this stage. It's a good time to start counting your little one's kicks. Choose two moments in the day to count the kicks you feel — just make sure you're keeping to the same times every day for consistency. You might also feel an irregular tightening across your womb around this time. This is known as Braxton-Hicks, otherwise referred to as "false contractions", and is common. Your doctor can discuss this in more detail should you have any concerns.
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