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Weeks 20-24

pregnancy adviceYour baby is now as big as a banana.

Your baby’s bone marrow starts making blood cells, taste buds are now forming and eyebrows and eyelashes begin developing

Your breasts may start to produce colostrum — tiny drops of early milk, dubbed ‘liquid gold’ due to its nutritionally dense and immunologic qualities. This early milk will provide your baby with his or her first antibodies.

Some women may also begin experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions, although they may start earlier, or later than this, some women don’t feel them at all. They feel like a squeezing of the bottom of the stomach and shouldn’t cause any pain. This is the uterus’s way of practicing for labour. Braxton-Hicks contractions are completely normal and not a sign of early labour. However, you must check with your midwife or doctor if you have painful, frequent contractions.