Mothers development

There is a lot of activity inside your belly and you may have begun to feel the child's movements.

If you haven’t yet, there is nothing to worry about as that might not happen for weeks to come. It can also be difficult at first to determine whether it is the child moving or the rumblings of your intestines. After a while, you will be able to feel the difference. Once you realise it's actually the child, that is a major milestone as it allows you to relax and believe that everything is all right in there.

Your metabolism and blood volume have increased, which can lead to positive effects on your hair and nails. It's nice to feel beautiful and desirable, especially since there are other things that may limit you from feeling this way at this stage of the pregnancy. Such as symphysis pubis dysfunction, which can be very difficult and painful. Your pelvic region continues to loosen up as it prepares for delivery. If this is not your first pregnancy, it is common for symphysis pubis dysfunction to occur earlier. One tip is to use a maternity belt, but as always do not hesitate to speak to your midwife or doctor if you are experiencing any discomfort. Help is always available!

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