By now, your baby's joints – knees, elbows, ankles, wrists — are all formed and working. Throughout the day (and night), your baby will flex bend, and pedal.
Your baby also has a repertoire of simple reflexes like swallowing, sucking, and blinking. He will continue to practice these moves to prepare for life outside your body.
Hormones may prompt your body to produce more pigment (coloration). And increased blood flow can boost oil gland secretion. Together, these can cause a variety of changes in your skin.
Some women have rosier cheeks, smoother and softer skin — the “glow” effect of pregnancy. But many other women have new acne, and some develop discoloration in their face (the “mask of pregnancy”).
Keep aiming for regular activity and exercise — about 30 minutes most days of the week. Being active during pregnancy:
- Helps ease common pregnancy complaints (backache, constipation, swelling).
- Increases your energy and strength.
- Improves your mood.
- Helps you sleep.
- May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes.
Exercise may also help you cope better with labor and get back in shape after the baby is born.