Mothers development

Fat tissue is now being harvested around the hips and your breasts are growing bigger.

The increase in fat tissue may sometimes cause stretch marks which may not disappear completely after birth but fade away over time.

Your hands and feet swell easily and liquid can accumulate in the legs. Any inconvenience caused by this can be resolved by buying and using compression socks. Calf pain is also common and can interfere with your night's sleep. If you get cramps, you can angle your foot sharply upwards, or stretch out your calf muscle like when exercising, which should ease the feeling of discomfort. In case of severe cramps, you may want to try some extra magnesium vitamins, but be sure to consult your midwife first.