Support and information from NCT
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.
Your developing baby
Your baby is continuing to grow and gradually putting on weight.
Their sense of taste has begun to form and they’ll now be able to hear - and recognise - your voice. Try and talk to your baby regularly, and encourage your partner to as well. You may even notice your baby start to respond to noises such as conversations, music or television.
Constipation in pregnancy
As parts of your body relax and make room for your baby they can also cause constipation. It’s important to avoid straining when you go to the toilet - not only for your comfort - but because it puts less strain on your pelvic floor muscles.
To reduce the chances of experiencing constipation, try to drink plenty of water and include a lot of fibre in your diet by eating wholegrain bread, rice and pasta. Regular exercise can also help.
Planning a home birth?
You don’t need lots of equipment for a home birth, and the size of your home is not important, as long as you are able to provide a few essentials, and create a comforting environment.
Your midwife will normally bring a homebirth kit to your home towards the end of your pregnancy. Ask her what is provided, and if there is anything else that she would like you to have ready. Some midwives suggest preparing a 'birth box' with items you'll need.
Setting aside time to work out how you and your partner will budget for your baby can be really beneficial. For instance, you could calculate the costs of what you might need to buy for your baby and make sure you’re claiming any benefits and entitlements.
We have more tips on our website to help you keep tabs on your money and prepare for any unexpected expenses.
Have you made some time for you?
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support in many areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700.
We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.
Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.