What's happening this week
You are now in your second trimester and your baby is beginning to be a real 'individual' – even down to gaining their own unique set of fingerprints!
At a glance
- Your little one now has their own unique fingerprints
- Your baby is now around the same length as half a banana
- Nasal congestion is common during this stage of pregnancy
Your baby is really starting to take on the look of a real little person now, with their hair and eyebrows beginning to grow, and their own set of fingerprints in place on their tiny fingers! Size-wise, your little one is around half a banana in length, and growing bigger and stronger every day.
You might be finding your 'baby brain' kicking in around now, and that you are suffering a few forgetful or foggy moments. It's hardly surprising concerning all the hard work going on inside your body!
You might also be experiencing some of the more bizarre side effects of pregnancy such as nose bleeds and snoring. Nasal congestion in pregnancy is down to an increase in blood pumping around your body and nothing to worry about unless it is causing you discomfort, or you are getting prolific nose bleeds, in which case, mention it to your midwife.
You might have some weird food cravings starting to kick in too – lump of coal, anyone?
You will probably have a screening blood test for Down's syndrome around now, if you haven't already had a combined blood and nuchal scan test. Check out our pregnancy testing and screening page for more details on what this involves.
What to think about
Now you have broken your amazing baby news to all your friends and family, you are probably facing many, many questions about your list of possible names! Everyone will have an opinion on this, and their own prejudices, too. Don't let anyone's thoughts on your chosen names sway you though – so what if your gran knew someone horrible at school with that name, or your aunt had a cat with the same moniker?! It's your decision!
Some parents-to-be choose to keep entirely 'mum' on their choices until their baby is born just to avoid this very situation – and who can blame them? If you haven't yet got any ideas, why not have a look on our baby names pages for some inspiration?
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