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Size of Baby

13cm crown to rump.

Development of Baby

Your baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes are beginning to form.

Maternal Symptoms

Your body is likely to have changed quite a lot at this stage. Their maybe things that feel wonderful like glowing skin and thicker hair caused by increased hormones and increased blood flow. However, this same increase in hormones and increased blood flow, along with other changes that are happening to your body can create feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. If you start to feel anxious and overwhelmed, start by speaking to someone who is close to you. Small things like setting up a daily routine of gratitude, and naming things that you love and/or appreciate about yourself, can help to shift your emotion. If this is not effective, or your symptoms get worse, make sure that you seek professional support from your GP, Midwife, or local charities as you may be suffering with antenatal mental health illness which affects around 10% of pregnant people.

Things to Consider

As you approach the middle of your second trimester, this can be a good time to think about things you want to get done before baby arrives, and when that will happen. Remember to take into consideration that it is common to have more energy in your second trimester compared to your third. If you haven’t yet told your work, think about when and how you will. They will need to carry out a risk assessment for you and they can make reasonable adjustments for you if there are certain parts of your job that need to be adjusted due to your pregnancy.

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