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Size of Baby

22m crown to rump

Development of Baby

Between weeks 8 and 12 your baby will gain weight rapidly. Their eyelids fuse, fingernails develop, and some primitive reflexes are present.

Maternal Symptoms

Your body may be going through some changes at this time. You may want to consider going for a bra fitting appointment if your breasts are getting too big for your current bras. There are a variety of maternity bras available, including ones that are not underwired and that are stretchy, allowing you room to grow over time.

Things to Consider

In your initial Midwifery appointment, it is likely that you will have been offered a dating scan, as well as screening for Down’s, Edward’s, and Patau’s syndromes. The initial screening test is done at the same time as the dating scan between 10-14 weeks of pregnancy. For this test, the fluid at the back of your baby’s neck is measured during the ultrasound to give the nuchal translucency. You will also have a blood test. These two factors are then combined, and this is used to give you a risk factor. If your risk factor is low then no further screening is offered, if it is high (1:150 or less) then you will be offered further screening. You usually receive the results around 2 weeks after your screening appointment. For more information see “Dating Scan” and “Down’s, Edward’s & Patau’s Screening”.

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