You are now halfway through your pregnancy. The baby has now reached its correct relative proportions, measuring up to 20 – 25cm in length.
The baby’s sebaceous glands become active and produce a protective coating called vernix caseosa that covers your baby’s entire body. Comprising fatty material and dead skin cells, the vernix waterproofs the skin against the amniotic fluid. Most newborns still have part of the vernix covering their skin at birth. It is a yellow-coloured, greasy layer that looks a little like cheese.
Your navel may suddenly pop inside out and remain as such until after the birth. The hormonal changes in your body may produce a warm and alluring scent and trigger a rampant libido.
Adjust your fitness regime to eliminate any high impact activity and avoid lifting weights above your head as this can place strain on the abdomen and womb.
Try yoga or meditation classes to improve your breathing technique and to help ease any back pain you may be experiencing. For more information on the benefits of breathing click here
Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.