Many people talk about ‘the glow of pregnancy’, referring to the way a pregnant woman’s skin looks. This glow is caused by an increase in oil on skin due to pregnancy hormones. But not all women feel this glow, and some may notice pimples because of this extra oil. Some women have the opposite problem and their skin becomes very dry. Either way, make sure you drink plenty of water (6–8 glasses per day) which will help your skin. Some women find that constipation is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones relax the bowel, which means that bowel motions don’t pass through as quickly. Increasing the fibre in your diet and drinking plenty of water will usually help.
Your baby’s internal organs are now all formed – including ovaries or testicles. Your baby’s head is becoming more rounded and the eyelids have formed and closed over the eyes. You still can’t feel it, but your baby is moving around constantly in your amniotic fluid – your baby can now roll, stretch, yawn and wriggle fingers. From this stage on your baby’s heartbeat may be able to be heard with a fetal heart doppler.