Week 16

Your little one’s hearing has reached the stage of development that they can now hear you! You probably have been already, but now is the time to start talking, reading and singing to him or her. They will recognise your voice when they are born and the sound will give them great comfort. It’s also a good time to get Dad to talk to your bump too!
Their little eyes are finally working, making modest side-to-side movements and being sensitive to light (although the eyelids are still sealed).

Be on the lookout for some flickering or fluttering sensations in your tummy. It might not be right now, but soon you’ll start feeling your baby moving around in there. At first those moves might feel like gas or a muscle twitch, but over time, as they get bigger and stronger, they’ll be undeniable (and magical of course).

You may have heard of the saying “you’re eating for two”; but sadly, this isn’t true! You only need a small about of extra calories now in your second trimester – 350 calories to be exact. That’s equal to only one or two extra healthy snacks. Eating healthily will help to get your growing baby off to the very best start so avoid snacking on things like crisps, chocolate or biscuits and reach for the yoghurts, fruit or nuts. Think of it as eating twice as well rather than twice as much!