Congratulations on reaching the halfway point of your incredible pregnancy journey! 

Your baby is around 25.6cm long. That's approximately the size of a banana!

Your baby's skin is adorned with a protective layer of vernix, a white, greasy substance that helps shield their delicate skin during their time in the amniotic fluid. It's fascinating to witness these natural mechanisms at work, safeguarding your little one as they continue to grow and develop.

Now, let's talk about some changes you may notice in yourself at this stage. You're halfway through your pregnancy, and your body is undergoing remarkable transformations. You may notice the appearance of a dark line down the middle of your tummy, a normal occurrence as your skin adapts to accommodate your growing bump. Additionally, you may notice that your hair looks thicker and shinier as normal hair loss slows down – a lovely perk of pregnancy!

As you navigate this stage of pregnancy, it's essential to address any common discomforts you may experience, such as feeling faint, hot, experiencing cramps or constipation. Understanding how to manage these issues can help you feel more comfortable and at ease.

Additionally, it's crucial to consider important aspects of your pregnancy journey, including what to expect at your 20-week scan and how to navigate any findings from antenatal screening. 

Your sonographer will check the position of your placenta during your 20-week scan, and you might be told you have an anterior placenta. An anterior placenta simply means your placenta is attached to the front wall of your uterus. This isn't a problem, but it can mean you'll start feeling your baby's movements a little later. 

Lastly, let's touch on a sensitive topic – domestic abuse or violence during pregnancy. Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse or domestic violence, and existing abuse may get worse. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, and it puts you and your baby in danger. If you're experiencing abuse from your partner or a family member, know that you're not alone. Reach out to your midwife, doctor or call the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline for support and guidance. Your safety and well-being, as well as that of your baby, are paramount.

Have you started to feel your baby move yet? There's no set number of normal movements. From 16 – 24 weeks on you should feel your baby move more and more until 32 weeks. After 32 weeks, movements should stay roughly the same until you give birth.

While it may be tempting to use a home doppler to check on your baby's heartbeat, these devices are not always reliable. Trust your instincts and seek professional medical advice if you have any concerns about your baby's wellbeing. 




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