You will probably also feel a little more tired again. Your body is preparing for the delivery. You are in the final week of the second trimester. Both you and your baby are going to experience a growth spurt these next few weeks. Your uterus can now be felt slightly above your navel. Your body is building up reserves for the baby.
The pregnancy hormone progesterone causes the cartilage and the joints in the pelvis to start to weaken. To prepare for the delivery, the joints need to become more flexible.
From the sixth month (the 26th week) of your pregnancy, your nipples may discharge a thick yellowy fluid: colostrum. This is the first breast milk.
The baby is now almost 35 centimeters long and weighs 800 grams, about the size of a head of lettuce. It won’t grow much more in length. He/she is mainly getting heavier.
You can now make increasingly more contact with your child. Some people feel that when they put their hand on their belly, the baby ‘swims’ to this spot; when you move your hand, it will follow it. It might not work immediately, but if you repeat this a few times, take your time and concentrate, you may succeed.