Support and information from NCT
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.
Your developing baby
This week your baby will be growing eyebrows and eyelashes. If your baby is a girl her ovaries will have developed although it won’t be possible to tell the sex of your baby for a few weeks yet.
You might find your abdomen feels tighter now as your bump begins to grow. Pregnancy bumps vary greatly from woman to woman so it’s hard to say when you’ll begin to show but it’s likely to be around now.
By four to five months, almost all women will find their waistbands are uncomfortable, and their breasts are larger than before. A definite ‘pregnancy bump’ might also be noticeable - though loose clothing may well hide it to a casual observer.
Suffering from bleeding gums?
A common symptom of pregnancy is bleeding gums, especially during your second trimester. This is because pregnancy hormones may cause your gums to become swollen and tender, making them more susceptible to bleeding when brushing and flossing.
Try using a soft brush and don’t forget that mums-to-be are entitled to free NHS dental treatment so speak to your dentist.
Make time for you!
Pregnancy is the perfect time to get in touch with your body and there’s no better way to do so than with a mind/body workout such as yoga. Pregnancy yoga classes aim to improve posture through stretching and strengthening exercises, which should help to reduce pregnancy aches and pains.
Have you booked your second appointment with your midwife?
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.