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Size of Baby

74mm crown to rump

Development of Baby

Between weeks 12 and 16 meconium is starting to form in the gut. This will usually stay in the gut until after baby is born, however in between 8-25% of births after 34 weeks gestation your baby will pass meconium during your labour. For more information see “Meconium Stained Liquor in Labour”.

Maternal Symptoms

You may start to experience an increased sex drive around this time in pregnancy due to the increased blood flow in the pelvic area. It is safe to have sex in pregnancy, and not all people will feel this increase in sex drive. For some they may feel this increase in pelvic blood flow as being thirsty which is also completely normal.

Things to Consider

As morning sickness subsides, you may feel able to get back to activities such as exercise. The guidelines for exercising in pregnancy are around 30 minutes a day, or as you were before pregnancy if that is more. If you weren’t exercising before pregnancy, start with around 15 minutes 3 to 4 times a week and gradually build up from there. You can also speak to your Midwife at your 16 week appointment about your specific circumstances. As you exercise, remember to listen to your body. The guidelines state that you should be able to have a conversation whilst exercising. If you become breathless, then you should take a break, and resume with something less strenuous.




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