While it may feel like you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has! This week marks a turning point for your baby – the maintenance phase, during which your little one’s fully formed & functioning systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work. Their bone marrow is busy making white blood cells (weapons which will one day help your bundle of joy fight infection once they are out of your safe tummy). He or she can now curl their toes, rotate their ankles and wrists, press their lips together and make facial expressions, such as smiling.
If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, it’s likely that at this month’s check-up you’ll finally hear your baby’s heartbeat! A sound that is sure to make your heart race!