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Changes during pregnancy

You may see and feel changes to your body during pregnancy - many of these are normal, but if you have any worries or questions please ask your midwife. 

Morning sickness

Many women experience different degrees of 'morning' sickness, especially during the first part of their pregnancy. Despite the name, the sickness may occur at any time of the day or night. Many women find it manageable to continue, with some changes to their lifestyle - for example many find that eating a lighter diet, but with more frequent and regular meals can help them feel more normal. 

However some women experience a more severe form of morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum which can lead them to become dehydrated and malnourished due to their difficulties in keeping fluids and food down. If you are struggling, please contact your midwife for advice. Some women may need to be admitted to hospital for support with drugs to manage the vomiting, or fluid support but this will be explained to you if it is necessary. You may find if you have suffered before, you are more likely to have difficulties in following pregnancies too. 

For more information about morning sickness, please click here. 

Changes to your body shape

Women often find that they are changing shape in many areas, not just around their middle, whilst they are pregnant. It is common for your breasts to get bigger, your hips may change shape and even your feet may go up a size! 

These changes are usually just your body preparing for birth or coping with having more weight to carry round with them, and many will return to normal once you have given birth. If you are worried about any changes, talk to your midwife. 

Changes in your pelvis

Some women will develop pain in their pelvis at later stages of pregnancy. This may happen during walking or when getting in and out of bed or a car. This is known as pelvic girdle pain.  If you are finding getting around increasingly painful, please ask your midwife for advice. You can access physiotherapy to help maintain the correct muscles to minimise the impact of this condition and you may also be prescribed painkillers or advised around ways of moving. 

You can find more information here to minimise any problems. 

Some women will have significant pain and may require crutches or pelvic belts to help them move around, or in very severe cases you may be advised to have much more rest than usual. Again, your midwife or obstetrician will be able to offer advice. 

Please make sure you advise you midwifery team if you are having problems as they will help you prepare to give birth in the most comfortable position for you, and potentially avoid any longer term impact. 

Other more unusual changes

You may find there are other things you think are different when you are pregnant. You may be more susceptible to different infections, have problems related to stretched muscles such as sciatica, your skin pigment may darken in some places or all over and there may be other niggles that you don't know if they're related to your pregnancy or not. If you have any concerns, contact your midwife.   

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  

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Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.