The lungs are developing further and baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into their lungs. Baby is still covered in fine downy hair and a waxy substance to protect the skin. Taste buds have formed and if you drink or eat something strange or bitter baby may taste it!
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Your baby’s development
Your baby is in a period of rapid growth and now measures around 30cm.
Your placenta currently supplies all their oxygen.
The inner ear, which controls balance in the body, is now completely developed. As a result, your baby can sense whether they are upside down or not as they float and move in the amniotic fluid.
You may find that fluctuating hormones can cause fluctuations in your emotions now. It’s normal to go through phases of excitement, nervousness, anxiety and irritability throughout your pregnancy, or sometimes from one moment to another. The increasing sensations of your baby moving can make your pregnancy feel more real, and many women feel daunted by the changes ahead.
If you feel worried or overwhelmed, find a friend or family member you can confide in. Women who are already mothers are usually happy to offer advice and support, and talking to other expectant mums who are going through the same experiences can be very reassuring.
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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.