Blooming? You may find that your hair and nails are growing faster than usual, and your hair is becoming thicker – two bonuses of the pregnancy hormones circulating in your body!This week we think about your relationship with your partner now, and after the baby’s born…
Few couples go through pregnancy without finding their sex life goes through changes – in the first months you may have found that sickness and tiredness meant you weren’t often in the mood. During the middle months, though, some couples rediscover the romance. If you used to have sex to try to make a baby, you can now remind yourself of the pleasures of sex that’s just for fun.
Some women feel awkward about their changing shape, though, and if your breasts are very tender, this can make love-making uncomfortable. You may want to experiment with different positions. Even if you don’t feel like sex, you can still be close to your partner through kissing, cuddling, massage… whatever your imagination can dream up.
You and your partner could talk about what you’d both like to happen when your baby arrives. Who will do the nappy changing, shopping, washing, meal preparation and so on?
Starting from around now, at your antenatal visits your LMC may note which way your baby is lying or ‘presenting’.
Breech– your baby is bottom downwards; there will be time for your baby to turn for several weeks more yet.
Vertex or Cephalic– either of these terms means that your baby is head down.
Transverse– this means the baby is neither head up nor head down but lying crosswise in the uterus.
The ‘PP’ on your notes refers to the ‘Presenting Part’ of your baby – i.e., which bit would present itself to the world first. Most babies are head down by the time labour starts, so this is usually the top of the head.
You could notice your first stretch marks around this time – wear a supportive bra to help prevent them appearing on your breasts.
If you’re having a down day, try one of these pick-me-ups:
Because of the pregnancy hormones, some women do grow excess hair, but it should fade away again after you’ve had your baby. You can pluck or shave it if you would like – remembering that your skin may be more sensitive, too! – many women avoid electrolysis during pregnancy just to be on the safe side.