The baby weighs only as much as a grape though its heart now has all four chambers and beats twice as fast as yours – at times up to 180 times a minute.
Its tiny liver is producing its own red blood cells that are circulating around its body.
Your skin may show changes due to the hormones in your system. An increased secretion of melanin may cause patches of darker skin called cloasma, on your nose, cheeks or forehead. You may also notice blood vessels on your face. These changes will fade after the birth. Your thyroid gland in your neck, the hormonal gland responsible for growth, development and reproduction, may seem more prominent and you may notice your waist thickening.
Your gums are likely to soften and become vulnerable to infection, and may even bleed when brushing your teeth. It’s a good idea to see your dentist as gum disease has been linked to premature birth. Make sure you tell your dentist that you are pregnant to avoid x-rays as radiation can cause miscarriage.
Fresh fish, lean meats, cooked eggs or a handful of almonds are all good sources of protein. Called building blocks, proteins are necessary to build and repair tissue, muscles, organs, enzymes and hair.
Organise your first antenatal appointment, which is usually between 12 and 14 weeks. You will be asked for a medical history of both your families. Make sure you know the relevant information.
If you are considering using a birthing centre book early to avoid disappointment as they are very popular and short of beds.
Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.