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Articles about Pregnancy

Child development: the first 1000 days

Fascinating research suggests that starting from conception, a foetus responds to changes in environment, using cues provided by the mother’s physical and mental state to ‘predict’ the kind of world they'll be born into and altering their bodily structures.

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Why you need to talk to your baby

Through the random noises of the outside world and the beating heart and growling stomach of their mothers, babies are distinguishing the muffled sound of their mother’s voice. From the third trimester children naturally develop speech and language.

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You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant

At 12 weeks pregnant you are almost past the first trimester. You will be feeling fuller and will notice lots of changes in your body. Your first ultrasound happens at around 12 weeks and your baby is tiny but fully formed by then.

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You and your baby at 17-20 weeks pregnant

Congratulations! You've reached the halfway mark of your pregnancy. Between 17 and 20 weeks pregnant your baby is growing quickly and you will start to feel him or her wriggling around, and they may even respond to loud noises.

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You and your baby at 13-16 weeks pregnant

By 16 weeks pregnant your small baby bump will become obvious to the outside world. Your baby is growing fast now and by 14 weeks will weigh around 25g and be about 85mm long. Baby's hearing is developing as well as its sensitivity to light.

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You and your baby at 21-24 weeks pregnant

Your baby is continually growing and you will look quite pregnant by now. While your baby’s lungs aren’t fully developed just yet they will be practising breathing movements to prepare for life on the outside. Your body is continuing to change.

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You and your baby at 25-28 weeks pregnant

Hello heartburn! As your baby grows it's pushing your stomach, which means you can’t eat as much as usual and you might experience the dreaded heartburn or indigestion. Meanwhile, your baby is wriggling and kicking up a storm.

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You and your baby at 29-32 weeks pregnant

Your growing bump is interfering with your sleep as you struggle to find a comfortable position. If you start to feel breathless, it’s because baby is pushing on your lungs! Baby might start to move to a head down position ready for birth.

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