How your baby's growing:
  • Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord her lifeline to the placenta is growing stronger and thicker.
  • Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom.
  • She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
See what your baby looks like this week.
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Note: Every baby develops a little differently even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:

  • Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet.
  • Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby.
  • You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.
  • You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help.
  • If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.

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