“It’s normal to be surprised by your pregnancy weight gain—it can feel like a lot in a short amount of time,” says psychotherapist Maggie Baumann. But however little you may recognise your visage in the mirror, putting on pounds when expecting can actually be a good thing.
Due dates are more a general guide than an exact pinpoint on the calendar—but if only you could predict the time and day of your little one’s birth…at least to reclaim your ephemeral sense of control over the process.
Typically, mums-to-be fall into one of two camps; fine to wait for the gender-reveal on the day of birth, or trying out every crazy wives’ tale until the 20 week scan to assuage the unbearable anticipation. If you’re in the latter category, here’s another theory to add to your to-dos—and the accuracy, as always, is best served with a hefty bag of salt.
The big day is near, but there’s mind-blowing things happening right now for your baby. Check out the miracle of life as it’s unfolding in the final trimester.
The 20 week scan is the big one—not only is your baby’s development given a detailed check, but it’s also the moment of the gender reveal (should you wish to know, of course!). But can you leave the scan and head straight to buy boy or girl-themed nursery decor? Usually. But ultrasound sex prediction isn’t always fool-proof.