Your baby is no longer a fetus. As she continues to grow, the fatty tissue under her skin increases. Meanwhile, her fingernails are fully developed and extend to the fingertips.
Your bump grows steadily and you gain weight rapidly. Do not worry! This week, your body produces more blood for your baby’s needs – an increase of 40% to 50%. You may experience shortness of breath and gastrostenosis (a shrinking of the stomach). To overcome this, eat small, frequent meals and sleep with multiple pillows for support. This week leg cramps are very common and may be a sign of calcium deficiency. Continue to take any vitamin and mineral supplements until birth.