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Week 26

Around now, your baby's eyes open (though there's not a whole lot to see in there!). What colour will those eyes be? Most babies of African or Asian descent are born with the dark eyes they'll keep for life, but Caucasian babies usually have grey or blue eyes at birth which gradually change to their permanent colour in the first year or so.

The importance of iron

If you're not getting enough iron, you might find you've got a touch of anaemia, which will make you feel tired and low on energy. Your doctor or midwife tests for anaemia as part of your regular blood checks, but you can help guard against it by eating plenty of foods that are rich in iron.

 

Red meat contains a type of iron that's easy for your body to absorb, but if you're not a steak sort of person, you can tuck into non-meat sources such as lentils, soya mince or baked beans. You can even get a bit of your daily iron by nibbling on pumpkin seeds, dried apricots or cashew nuts.

 

If you're looking to maximise your iron absorption, make sure you eat or drink something that's high in vitamin C along with iron-rich foods - the vitamin C helps your body absorb iron better. On the other hand, drinks like tea, coffee and caffeinated soft drinks actually stop your body from absorbing iron, so you might not want to have a coffee straight after your lunch or dinner. Check the current recommendations on caffeine during pregnancy.

 

HiPP Organic fruit juice is a really good choice to drink when you’re pregnant, since it is high in vitamin C but also low in acidity, which means it's unlikely to cause heartburn (Bonus: it’s pure and organic too).

Are you eligible for Maternity Allowance?

If you're not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay, you may still be able to claim Maternity Allowance. In order to claim this, you will need to submit your MAT B1 along with a completed MA1 form (available from your local job centre, social security office, maternity clinic/child health clinic or online) to your local Job Centre by the end of week 27.

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