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Your sleeping habits could be changing too, as you need to rearrange yourself in bed to find a more comfortable position to lie in. If you've always been a tummy sleeper, you may be discovering this is getting to be more difficult because your belly gets in the way. Think about investing in a long pillow which you can mold around your body and legs. These can be a great aid to sleeping and you’ll find you’ll get your money's worth by the end of your pregnancy.
Your physical changes this week
Pass the tissues. If you've never had a nosebleed, don’t be alarmed if you start having them now. All that venous engorgement will make you more prone to the sniffles, nasal congestion, and nose bleeds. Nosebleeds usually stop on their own but it's important to not panic and just sit quietly until they subside.
Notice your skin clearing up? Those pimples which took up residence on your face are probably clearing. Keep up your usual cleansing and moisturizing regimen. You may find your skin is oilier now and you might need to change your moisturizer to suit.
You’ll be well aware of changes in your breasts as well. It's as if a switch has been turned on making them more heavy, sensitive, and sore. If you're finding your usual bra size just isn’t big enough, get properly fitted for new maternity bras. They are an essential wardrobe item during pregnancy.
Your emotional changes this week
You could find yourself preoccupied with peering at your tummy at all times of the day and night, looking for any increase in size. Sometimes you may be sure you're looking bigger, though other times you might not. It really depends on what's happening behind your uterus, not so much what's inside it. If your bowel is distended with stool or gas, it will make your tummy stick out more.
The thought of your due date being so far away can make this seem an endless time. Although you know there's all this activity going on inside, there's still not much to see and no end in sight. Try to do something every day which gives you pleasure and isn’t work or baby related. You still have your personality and interests which need stimulation and can’t be put on hold just because you’re pregnant.
Your baby's changes this week
The three small bones in the inner ear start forming this week, so your baby will be able to hear you. Practice singing, saying hello, and generally building an emotional connection which will last between you for life.
Your baby's legs are now longer than his arms and his little head isn’t the biggest body part. The body is becoming longer and isn’t as flexed and curled up on itself.
Hints for the week
Avoid getting a urinary tract infection if you can. This is a common condition during pregnancy and though not a major problem, can be more than a little irritating. Drink lots of water, and after you go to the bathroom wipe from the front to the back, not the reverse. Before and after having sex, go to the toilet and empty your bladder. If you have any problems with burning when you pee or it just smells odd, check with your doctor.
Cranberry juice has good protective qualities and is high in Vitamin C as well. This is an important nutrient right now as it helps your body absorb iron from food and supports the formation of connective tissue in your baby.
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The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.