How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s growing steadily, gaining about 99g since last week. His skin is thin and fragile but his body is filling out and taking up more room in your uterus. He may also be developing a weakness for sweets. Taste buds are now forming, and, believe it or not, acquiring a sweet tooth is all part of it. The other big milestone your baby reaches at this stage of pregnancy is that she may now survive, with special care, if she is born prematurely — otherwise known as becoming ‘viable’
Your fetus weighs more than 600 grams. Though she still has little body fat and her skin is thin and fragile, she’s now well-proportioned. Her brain is growing rapidly, and she is starting to fill the space in your uterus. From crown to heel she could measure 30 centimetres. If you went into labour at this time, however, many obstetricians and midwives would make every effort to halt the progress of premature labour to enable your baby to continue maturing.
You may be noticing faint, red or brown streaks known as striae or stretch marks on your abdomen, hips and breasts. While creams won’t erase them, wearing a supportive bra may help prevent or minimise them on your breasts. They are very common at this stage of the pregnancy — about 90 per cent of women get them. After you’ve given birth, the reddish or brown pigmentation in the stretch marks gradually fades, and the streaks become lighter than the surrounding skin.
Also, your eyes may be light-sensitive and may feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom known as ‘dry-eye’. To ease your discomfort, use an “artificial tears” solution to add moisture.