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Size of Baby

28cm

Development of Baby

Your baby’s eyes are now formed although their eyelids are still fused shut. The colour of their eyes won’t be determined until much later, and they may change once your baby has been born.

Maternal Symptoms

During this time, you may start to feel heavier as your body continues to grow to support your baby. It is common to put on between 10kg and 12.5kg during pregnancy, most of which happens after around 20 weeks. Think about how you can maintain a healthy body image. Can you stand in front of a mirror and name things that you like about yourself for example? Or practice affirmations about how your body is performing this miracle of growing life?

Things to Consider

Your 24-25 week appointment is coming up. During this appointment, your Symphysis Fundal Height (SFH) will be measured and will now be measured at each subsequent appointment. In most notes you will have a personalised growth chart where the SFH will be plotted. Your personalised growth chart takes into account your height, weight, and ethnicity among other factors to create a graph that shows the expected growth of your baby over time. If your SFH measurement falls outside of the expected parameter at any of your appointments, you will be offered a scan to measure your baby. During your 24-25 week appointment you will also be given your MATB1 form. Take a photocopy of this form into your workplace so they can use it to validate your pregnancy and you can start calculating your maternity leave. It can be difficult to get a replacement MATB1 form so it can be a good idea to keep the original in a safe place.

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