Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Weeks 18-22

18 Weeks Pregnant

 Your baby can now move its arms and legs.

Your baby now is about 14cm long and weighs almost 140 grams. It can now move its arms and legs and such movements will get more and more noticeable in the weeks ahead. Tiny blood vessels are visible through its delicate skin, and its ears are still standing out from the head a bit. Myelinisation of the nerves has started and this process will continue till a few years after birth.


19 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is looking more and more human.

Your baby now weighs just 225 grams and is only 15 cm long. Arms and legs are more proportionate to the body now and hair has started growing on the scalp.

The baby stays in the amniotic fluid for the entire period of pregnancy and to protect the skin from damage during this time a protective waxy coating called the vernix caseosa is formed all over the body. Skeletal muscles become active – you may now start to feel your babies movements for the first time, a fluttering feeling also known as a sense of quickening.


20 Weeks Pregnant

You and your baby get used to each other.

Your baby weighs about 280 grams now and is around 16 centimetres long from head to bottom.  Getting more active, you may feel kicks and nudges instead of the gentle flutters you felt earlier. You may also notice patterns to this behaviour as you attune to your baby.


21 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s digestive system is now put to test.

Your baby now weighs 310 grams and is 17.5 centimetres long. The baby swallows more and more amniotic fluid during these days and that is good for its digestive system. After digestion, the amniotic fluid produces meconium, a black, sticky by-product. This accumulates in the bowels and is excreted during or soon after birth.


22 Weeks Pregnant

Watch out! Your baby can now hear all that you say!

At this stage, your baby’s lips, eyelids and eyebrows become more distinct. At 20 centimetres and 450 grams, it’s starting to look like a tiny newborn baby. Lips, eyelids and eyebrows become more distinct  The organs, like the pancreas, are also developing steadily. Your baby can now hear loud sounds, starting to prepare it for entering the world outside your uterus. It can also feel your movements and it’s brain is developing centres of smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch.


Click here to view a film of your pregnancy and for more updates on the development of your little bundle of joy!