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Every week brings new developments when you're expecting. Your baby's changing day by day, and your body is keeping pace with developments of its own. Find out what's going on, inside and out, with this week-by-week pregnancy calendar guide. First Trimester Weeks 1 and 2 of pregnancy Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization. Week 3 of Pregnancy As sperm meets egg, fertilization occurs and your baby-to-be takes form — as a tiny group of cells. Week 4 of Pregnancy The blastocyst that will be your baby splits to form the placenta and the embryo, and the specialized parts of your baby's body begin to develop. Week 5 of Pregnancy Your baby's heart and circulatory system are developing, while your hCG hormone levels are now high enough to confirm your good news with a home pregnancy test. Week 6 of Pregnancy Your baby's face is taking shape, which is something sweet to think about as you race to the toilet to pee yet again. Week 7 of Pregnancy Right now, the only things growing faster than your baby's brain may be your tingly, achy breasts. Week 8 of Pregnancy As your baby starts moving in the womb, morning sickness (which doesn't just strike in the morning) may have you moving to the bathroom. Week 9 of Pregnancy Your baby is busy building muscle, but all you may want to do these days is take a nice long nap. Week 10 of Pregnancy On your baby's to-do list this week: Build bones and cartilage. On your agenda, increase your fiber intake to cope with pregnancy constipation. Week 11 of Pregnancy
That adorable little alien inside your tummy is starting to look human about now, as you start feeling a bit more human yourself. Week 12 of Pregnancy While it may seem as if you've doubled in size over the past few weeks with pregnancy weight gain, it's your baby who actually has! Week 13 of Pregnancy As the first trimester comes to a close, your baby's about the size of peach, though you may not be feeling too peachy about your sex life right now. Learn more about the first trimester of pregnancy . Second Trimester Week 14 of Pregnancy It's all about hair now as your baby sprouts some on his head, eyebrows, and body. As for Mom, those first-trimester pregnancy symptoms should be easing up a bit. Week 15 of Pregnancy You might not yet be feeling it, but your baby is kicking those little legs and flexing those elbows, while — higher up — you may be coping with some dental weirdness. Week 16 of Pregnancy Here's an eye opener for you: While you're packing on the baby pounds, your baby's eyesight (and eyelashes!) are developing rapidly. Week 17 of Pregnancy Your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing as she gets ready for the real thing: a breast or bottle! As for Mom, you may be warding off some unwanted belly touching. Week 18 of Pregnancy You might start to feel your baby moving around anytime now, which is a great way to take your mind off your bothersome back. Week 19 of Pregnancy Your baby's skin now has a protective coating, while you might be hoping for something to protect you from painful leg cramps. Week 20 of Pregnancy Boy or girl? You can find out this week through a routine ultrasound! Week 21 of Pregnancy Your baby is grazing on whatever you are right now, but those stretch marks are yours alone, Mom. Week 22 of Pregnancy These days, the only things growing more rapidly than your baby's senses may be her mommy's feet!
Week 23 of Pregnancy Baby is getting (a little) plumper, but Mommy may notice something completely different when she glances at her own belly: the linea nigra. Week 24 of Pregnancy Your baby's facial features are really filling out…and your belly button may be really popping out! Week 25 of Pregnancy As baby prepares to take his first breath, pesky hemorrhoids may make you swear under yours. Week 26 of Pregnancy Major excitement: Your baby opens her eyes! On the flip side, you might wish yours would stay closed so you could get some sleep. Week 27 of Pregnancy Your baby moves on to a whole new growth chart this week, while your swollen feet and ankles may need a growth chart of their own! Learn more about the second trimester of pregnancy . Third Trimester Week 28 of Pregnancy Your baby has started blinking and dreaming while you may be dreaming that the pain in your derriere will disappear! Week 29 of Pregnancy Your baby's packing on the pounds, which look so cute on her. If only you could say the same for your varicose veins…. Week 30 of Pregnancy Your baby's brain is getting smarter by the minute, but for Mom, the only thing that smarts right now may be heartburn pain. Week 31 of Pregnancy As your baby's senses increase, his mommy's breathing room decreases. Week 32 of Pregnancy Your baby is practicing survival skills like sucking and breathing, while your uterus is practicing some Braxton Hicks contractions. Week 33 of Pregnancy Your baby's immune system gets a boost, while her sleepless mommy could use a boost of energy. Week 34 of Pregnancy
the precursor to breast milk. even as you may start to experience some definite signs of labor. and breathing in the womb. Hang in there! Week 41 of Pregnancy It's not unusual for a baby to be overdue. . Week 39 of Pregnancy Your baby's brain development is still in high gear. Week 38 of Pregnancy Your baby is producing surfactant. Week 40 of Pregnancy It's the official end of your pregnancy — though your baby might not have gotten that memo. but yours may be aching something awful right now. the good news is she'll be wide-awake and ready to go once she's born. Week 36 of Pregnancy Your baby's bones may be ready to rock and roll. turning. while your baby prepares for birth by sucking. which will help him take those first breaths while you're producing colostrum. Week 35 of Pregnancy A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder. Week 42 of Pregnancy In the rare case that your baby is truly overdue.A boy baby's testicles descend this week (whoopee!). Learn more about the third trimester of pregnancy . but you're apt to feel real labor pains at any time this week or next. Week 37 of Pregnancy Your doctor may check for labor signs. but Mom should also look out below — and above — as her vision becomes less sharp.
preparing for the arrival of a fertilized egg. Your Body in Weeks 1 and 2 of Pregnancy Believe it or not. But in week two of pregnancy. Learn more about your body gearing up to ovulate and your baby (in-the-making) in weeks one and two. there’s no baby or even an embryo in sight (at least not yet). Right — the lucky sperm that will turn that eager egg into a baby-in-the-making and make your body’s prep work worth all the effort. the countdown to delivery day begins in week one — even though your egg and his sperm haven’t even been in the same room (or womb!). your body is working hard to gear up for the event that paves the way for the baby: the big O — ovulation. while your ovarian follicles are maturing. The lining of your uterus is thickening.Your Baby in Weeks 1 and 2 of Pregnancy No. One of those follicles will release the egg that will travel down the fallopian tube in search of Mr. So how can .
you . Weeks 1 and 2 Pregnancy Tip: Impact of Heat on Fertility Trying to make a baby? Turn off that electric blanket and keep each other warm the good. Weeks 1 and 2 Pregnancy Symptoms Week 1 — Bleeding lasting five to seven days: This is the last period you’ll be having for a while. but if you breastfeed your baby that will postpone your period for another few months.. when sperm meets egg). guys!) before the main event. so lay off the Astroglide while you're trying to conceive. Confused? Consider it a head start — you're clocking in roughly two weeks of pregnancy before you even conceive! Learn more about your body in the first two weeks of pregnancy and your last menstrual period. Not only will you stop having a period while you’re pregnant. all that snuggling you'll have to do to stay warm will generate a different kind of heat — the kind that can actually make babies. Learn more about preparing your body for pregnancy. since saliva can actually kill sperm…and you want them alive and kicking. Ditto for most lubricants. If you use sanitary pads. don’t toss them out — you’ll need them after you give birth to absorb the vaginal discharge and bleeding (which for the first week or so after childbirth will be similar to a heavy menstrual period). old-fashioned (and just plain good) way. Studies show that prolonged excessive heat — like that produced by electric blankets or heated waterbeds — can adversely affect those temperamental testes by slowing down sperm production (and you want sperm aplenty right now!). most practitioners use the first day of your last menstrual period (which you're having right now) as the starting line of your 40-week pregnancy. Plus. Week 2 — Increase in amount of cervical mucus and change in its consistency: If you’ve been monitoring your mucus during these TTC months.you call this your first week of pregnancy if you're not even pregnant? Grab your calendar and take note: Because it's extremely hard to pinpoint the precise moment pregnancy begins (i. More ways to increase your odds of scoring a fertilized egg: Refrain from giving your partner oral sex (sorry.e.
sticky. the volume will increase and it’ll start to look cloudy. the blastocyst. where it will implant itself in the uterine wall and grow for the next nine months.already know that it changes consistency from week to week. the fertilized egg — or zygote — divides several times over to become a tiny ball of microscopic cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. you'll come up with a cuter name soon!). as it's now called (don't worry. makes its way from your fallopian tube to your uterus. As it divides. This week. and creamy. Your Baby in Week 3 of Pregnancy The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: You’ve conceived and your soon-to-be-baby has started on its miraculous transformation from single cell to baby boy or girl. . but as you head toward C-day (conception). Right now your mucus is probably thick.
For now. dominates the first half of your cycle. Your Body in Week 3 of Pregnancy You probably won't notice as the fertilized egg divides and makes its way to your uterus. That’s because the hormone estrogen. it’ll be like nothing is happening — at least on the outside! Learn more about your body this week and ovulation and fertilization. and the next couple of weeks. which raises your BBT. which lowers your BBT. those scent-producing chemical compounds that nature releases to put the sex drive into overdrive. Week 3 Pregnancy Symptoms A rise in your basal body temperature: Your basal body temperature (BBT) is lower when your body is heading toward ovulation but rises about a degree when you ovulate. If you're feeling like you could track a pheasant through the woods (or at least a garlic-roasted chicken). while progesterone. though it's been theorized that a heightened sense of smell makes an ovulating woman more sensitive to the lure of her partner's pheromones. chances are this is a good time to hop in the sack and try to make a puppy… or. Learn more about five ways to tell you're ovulating. rather. though. But your body is gearing up to play landlord to the blastocyst (and soon-to-be baby) making its way toward the uterus.Learn more about your baby this week and conception. . the pregnancy hormones that will be responsible for a host of bodily changes (and symptoms like morning sickness!) to come. Week 3 Pregnancy Tip: Ovulation and Sense of Smell Are smells suddenly stronger to you than ever? It could be a sign that you're ovulating! Scientists aren't quite sure why this happens. a baby. The result? You're in the mood for lovin' just when nature (and you) wants you to be (when lovin' is most likely to produce a baby). What does that mean for you? You’re just beginning to produce progesterone and estrogen. So take advantage of your ovary-stimulated inner beagle.
So this week you’ll see a rise in your BBT if you’ve been keeping track. this week it’s extra-thin. extrastretchy. and clear (or whitish) — perfect traveling conditions for sperm heading upstate (toward the egg). Clear cervical mucus with an egg-white consistency: Last week your mucus was getting thinner and looking a little cloudy. which is thought to come from an ovary releasing an egg. This pain. Possible lower-abdominal achiness (mittelschmerz): About one in four women feel a twinge or series of cramps in the lower abdominal area — usually one side (the side they’re ovulating from). is known as mittelschmerz (from the German word meaning “middle pain”). .surges once you ovulate (to get the uterus ready to receive the fertilized egg).
will develop into your baby's digestive system. and eyes. hair. the ball of cells that will develop into your baby has completed its journey from your fallopian tube to your uterus. The outer layer. That's because pregnancy . If you do give birth on that day. a common (and harmless) light pink. known as the endoderm. Too easy? Here's the slightly confusing part. Your Body in Week 4 of Pregnancy While the tiny ball of cells that is your baby begins to undergo its magical transformation into a multilayered embryo. You may start exhibiting early pregnancy symptoms like bloating. red. skin. and lungs.You might feel a little pressure in your abdomen (nothing to worry about!) and your breasts may feel a little tender and become even bigger (but get ready for more growth spurts!). The multilayered embryo then begins to grow into specialized parts of your baby's body. Week 4 Pregnancy Tip: Figuring Out Your Due Date Think you need a Ph. not 40. liver. cramping.Your Baby in Week 4 of Pregnancy No bigger than a poppy seed. in quantum physics to figure out your due date? Doing the math is actually a lot easier than you think (even if you slept through high school algebra): Your estimated due date is 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. and mood swings that feel similar to premenstrual symptoms. your body is going through a magical transformation of its own — from a reliable buddy to a weird and wacky science experiment. kidneys. Half will become your baby (or embryo). your baby will have clocked in only 38 weeks in utero. and muscles. sex organs.D. your baby's lifeline until delivery. Once settled in its new home. Learn more about your pregnant body this week and how the egg implants. called the mesoderm. it will undergo the great divide — splitting into two groups. while the other half forms the placenta. The inner layer. bones. will soon be your baby's heart. will eventually form your baby's nervous system. Learn more about your baby this week and development of the embryo and placenta. The middle layer. You might also experienceimplantation bleeding . or brown spotting that can occur when the egg settles into your uterus. or ectoderm.
Week 4 Pregnancy Symptoms Implantation bleeding (possibly): If you find that you’re spotting this week (right around the time that you would have had your period or a little before). Learn more about how to calculate your due date. plan your maternity leave to it? Not so fast. tender boobs? Check.counting begins two weeks before your baby is even conceived (making you about 4 weeks pregnant before you can tell you're expecting from a pregnancy test). thanks to the progesterone and estrogen coursing through your system (and getting your breasts ready — yes. mood swings) that might not go away: Sore. This is usually a sign that the embryo has implanted itself into the uterine wall (and that’s good!). Want to set your watch to that due date — or at least. Most babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks (with babies of first-time moms more likely to arrive on the later side). happy the next? Check and check. And what’s up with the bloating? Well. Early pregnancy symptoms are sort of like PMS symptoms but a little more exaggerated (think PMS on steroids). either — only a small percentage of women experience implantation bleeding. PMS-like symptoms (breast tenderness. bloating. . your estimated due date is just that — an estimate. so not having this symptom doesn’t mean that you’re not pregnant. You can also blame your roller-coaster moods on hormones (go ahead — they’ll be a convenient excuse for the next nine months!). don’t be alarmed. Feeling grumpy one minute. even at this early stage — to feed your baby). only a handful actually make their debut right on schedule. Remember. Don’t have any spotting at all? Don’t worry. Trouble buttoning your pants? Check. So your breasts may be tingly. and feel a little full. It’s helping to slow down your digestion to allow more nutrients to enter the bloodstream and reach your baby. sore. blame progesterone for that one.
Your Baby in Week 5 of Pregnancy Your baby now resembles a teeny tadpole (complete with a tiny tail) and is about the size of an orange seed. Learn more about your baby this week and fetal heart development. and as your baby's heart starts to form. The circulatory (or blood) system. is the first part of that tiny body to be functional. along with the heart. Another part of your little tadpole that is under construction: the neural tube.Week 5 of Pregnancy The heart and circulatory system of your baby are developing. which will eventually become your baby's brain and spinal cord. you may even be able to see it beating on an early ultrasound. while the hCG hormone level in your body are now high enough to confirm that you're expecting using a home pregnancy test. .
Week 5 Pregnancy Tip: Telling Your Friends You're Pregnant Have you or your partner been bursting to spread the good news about your pregnancyever since that home pregnancy test turned positive? Not sure when's the best time to grab a megaphone (or a telephone…or a computer keyboard) and start sharing? Only the two of you can make the call. on that one. And now you've got proof as your pee works its magic on that test strip — yup.Your Body in Week 5 of Pregnancy Your body's had all the early pregnancy signs — the missed period. Week 5 Pregnancy Symptoms Frequent urination: Spending too much time in the loo these days? The reason is that the pregnancy hormone hCG is increasing the blood flow to your pelvic area and your kidneys. you're urinating for two). while others prefer to keep their happy news a secret until after the third month. Some couples can't wait to tell their friends they're pregnant (if they could. nausea. making them more efficient during pregnancy (after all. so to speak. Mood swings are totally normal (kind of like PMS on overdrive) and you'd better get used to them since they'll be hanging around for the next nine months or so. it's your private news for as long as you choose. and fatigue. Still others wish that they could stay mum about becoming a mom (and dad) but can't help blabbing the first chance they get. Talk it over together and remember. when the risk of miscarriage greatly decreases. Learn more about spreading the news. tender breasts. But you can . What can you do about it? Well. they'd shout it from the highest mountain — or scream it on the Times Square JumboTron). what you don’t want to do is cut back on liquids (thinking it’ll keep you out of the bathroom) because your body and baby need a steady supply of fluids to stay hydrated during pregnancy. Learn more about your body this week and pregnancy hormones. you're officially preggers! This news will probably elicit a combo platter of emotions ranging from sheer joy to sheer terror as the reality that you're going to be a mom sets in.
so you might feel a renewal of energy. invest in a good bra (and wear it to bed if you’re uncomfortable sleeping) and ask your partner to handle them with care. Other factors include the good and necessary fat that’s building up in your breasts and the increased blood flow to the area. Be a grazer instead. The good news: By the end of your first trimester. How to deal with the drool? Chewing sugarless gum can help your mouth stay a little dryer. To keep nausea under control. and that can cause a downshift in your get-upand-go. your body will have completed the Herculean task of manufacturing the placenta. thanks to some unknown combination of hormones. you can blame those pesky pregnancy hormones for those symptoms. sticking to foods that appeal to you. which can leave you feeling just a bit tired or full-out wiped-out. which can sometimes lead to vomiting. especially in the first trimester. In the meantime. both of which will help turn your breasts into milk machines for your baby. (In other words. which will only make your frequent urination even more frequent. darling!) Nausea: That queasy feeling in your stomach. During the first trimester. don’t skip meals (even if the thought of eating makes you feel a little sick). increased stress. Excessive saliva: Horrified to find your mouth watering for no reason at all? If so.skip the diuretics like caffeine. Food cravings and aversions: Suddenly struck by an overpowering urge to eat a grilled cheese sandwich? Can’t stand the sight of salads (or anything green)? . look but don’t touch. To help relieve breast tenderness. can hit at any time of the day or night (not just morning!). Also to blame are the hormonal (and emotional) changes that are occurring in your body. listen to your body (which is telling you it’s pooped!) and get plenty of rest and eat right (and often!). and other body changes (like a keener sense of smell). too!). Fatigue: Pregnancy is hard work. you might be experiencing early pregnancy’s double whammy: a queasy tummy and excessive saliva (and yes. and try to follow a healthy diet. a huge amount of energy goes into building a lifesupport system for your baby (namely the placenta). Breast tenderness and changes: What’s causing your breasts to grow and become ultrasensitive and tender? That hormonal duo — estrogen and progesterone — deserve most of the blame.
join ’em — within reason. Week 6 of Pregnancy Your baby's face is taking shape. Hormones play a role here (as they do in most pregnancy symptoms) — especially in these early weeks when your body is getting used to hormonal havoc. Indulge your chocolate cravings with a mini bar instead of a kingsized one and find healthy substitutes for the foods you can’t stand (like drinking a V-8 instead of eating salads).Welcome to the wacky world of food cravings and aversions. Your Baby in Week 6 of Pregnancy . which is something sweet to think about as you race to the toilet to pee yet again. If you can’t beat ’em.
ears. her kidneys. Plus you'll need to pee into a cup (no problem with that — right?) so your urine can be tested for glucose. eyes. Wonder whether you and Joe (aka your beloved triple extra foamy mocha cappuccino) will have to part company now that you're expecting? Why your . to ask some of your own (bring a list so you won't forget any). the pregnancy hormone hCG is causing an increase of blood flow to your pelvic area. Week 6 Pregnancy Tip: First Prenatal Visit Sure. and nose are beginning to form what will eventually become one adorable face. liver. but there's a lot happening on the inside. Expect this first of many prenatal checkups to be exciting…and long. and your kidneys are becoming more efficient at ridding your body of waste. protein. add to that the fact that your growing uterus is beginning to push down on your bladder and you've got a perfect (pee) storm. including a pelvic exam. and her heart is now beating 80 times a minute (and getting faster every day). but more importantly. and bacteria. red and white blood cells. In addition. You'll also be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. For one thing. You'll have a thorough physical. and cravings (or food aversions). All this and she's still no bigger than the length of a nail head (about a quarter of an inch) from crown to rump! Learn more about your baby this week and your baby's head shape. Rh factor. chin. you already got the news from your home pregnancy test — but it doesn't hurt to hear it confirmed by a doctor — one reason why you're so psyched for that first practitioner visit. What else is going on in there? Bloating. immunity to German measles (rubella). and lungs are developing. cheeks. but there's plenty of good news too. Your Body in Week 6 of Pregnancy Your body may not yet have changed on the outside.You might be coping with full-blown pregnancy symptoms (sorry). queasiness. Learn more about your body this week and frequent urination during pregnancy. One more thing: Be prepared to answer lots of questions (health histories can take a while). and whether you're iron-deficient. Your baby's jaw. Pap smear (unless you've recently had one) and blood tests to determine your blood type. and ethnic-specific genetic diseases.
whose eyesight at birth won’t be very good. lean forward when you pee. (Though admittedly it’s hard to look at the bright side when your view is the porcelain goddess!) Women who experience some nausea are significantly less likely to miscarry than those who don’t. Nausea and vomiting: Whether you are experiencing slight queasiness or hurling breakfast. Combat queasiness by eating small snacks that combine protein and complex carbs — cheese and multigrain crackers. You can blame your uterus too. Week 6 Pregnancy Symptoms Frequent urination: You’re eating for two and peeing for two these days. thanks to your kidneys. which is putting pressure on your bladder now. or dinner (or all three). and the darker areolas (the skin around the nipples) turn your nipples into a bull’s-eye for your newborn. . Just don’t overdo! Breast tenderness and changes: No. yogurt and granola. pee again. (Might as well try — you’re there anyway!) Fatigue: Building that baby (and the life support your growing fetus needs) is hard work. Why the luscious look these days? All the better to see you with.chest suddenly resembles a map of an interstate highway? If your partner's penis can poke the baby in the eye while you're making love? Don't just sit there — ask! Remember no question is silly now. lunch. the endorphins you release will lift your mood and help you sleep better. which are getting more efficient about ridding your body of waste (yours and your growing baby-to-be’s). whatever your stomach can stomach. Then. They may be tender too (so definitely warn your partner about what feels good to the touch and what doesn’t). look on the bright side. Learn more about prenatal testing. it’s not your imagination — your nipples aresticking out more than usual. so it’s no wonder you feel exhausted. when you think you’re done. To make sure you empty it all out (and save yourself another trip to the bathroom in ten minutes). then take five! But do fit in some exercise: Take a walk or a yoga class. my dear! Your body is gearing up to breastfeed. Listen to your body — if it’s screaming at you to take a break.
If your nose is making the queasies worse. surround yourself with some scents that may make you feel better (if there are any). That’s because the muscle at the top of the stomach that usually prevents digestive juices from backing up relaxes. But here's better news: you can minimize the symptoms if you don't rush through your meals and avoid clothes that constrict your belly. Bloating: Blame the progesterone that’s coursing through your body as you read this — this delightful hormone is essential for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. and lemon. You can smell your coworker’s lunch from across the room. Increased sense of smell: Now that you’re pregnant. ginger. which can aggravate bloating. achy breasts. Week 7 of Pregnancy Right now. but it also is responsible for your puff mommy-to-be look. What’s the deal with your supersensitive sniffer? Blame your hormones again. the only things growing faster than your baby's brain may be your tingly. the cologne your office-mate is wearing. Eat lots of fiber and drink plenty of water to avoid getting constipated. and someone’s dirty sneakers (all at the same time!). . you’ve got a bloodhound’s keen nose.Heartburn and indigestion: Here’s the not-so-great news — the chances of getting through the next nine months heartburn-free are nearly zero. Some to try: mint.
The culprits? Those naughty (though necessary) pregnancy hormones again.000 times bigger than he was at conception). Most of that growth is concentrated in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. which might be welcome news if those boobs weren't so darn tender.Your Baby in Week 7 of Pregnancy Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry (and about 10. but your breasts probably look more like melons. Your Body in Week 7 of Pregnancy Your baby might be the size of a blueberry. Your baby's mouth and tongue are forming as arm and leg buds sprout. along with an increase in blood flow . Learn more about your baby this week and baby's development. and those little kidneys are getting ready to do their job (pee production and excretion). some expectant moms have grown a full cup size. By this point.
find substitutes for foods you have an aversion to (think quinoa for protein if you can't stand the sight — and smell — of meat). though (but you may want to cut back on coffee.and a buildup of fat — all essential to the task your body can perform in about eight months:breastfeeding your newborn! Learn more about your body this week and swollen breasts during pregnancy. Just make most of those mini meals healthy ones! Breast tenderness and changes: Are your breasts sprouting blue veins that are beginning to make them look like an interstate highway map? In fact. Stay bland and boring (not your personality…your food). especially when your once-favorite food suddenly leaves you cold — and ready to puke. and that in turn will help your energy level. Week 7 Pregnancy Tip: Food Aversions If one look at a chicken breast is sending you flying out the door these days (or if the smell of Swiss is making your digestive tract yodel with anguish or the taste of fish is leaving you reeling). (It’ll help your queasy stomach. Week 7 Pregnancy Symptoms Frequent urination: Between the nausea and the need to pee. Eating six mini meals will keep your blood sugar on an even keel. One way to fight fatigue is by eating smaller meals more often. Don’t cut back on liquids. My advice: Cater to your new tastes. and rejoice if your aversions are to foods that you're supposed to be avoiding anyway (sushi aversion. The pregnancy hormone hCG is increasing the blood flow to your pelvic area (that’s good news if you’re up for having sex). and that in turn affects theother flow. Pregnancy aversions are not only very common. too). which is a diuretic). they are also quite confusing. Your body (and baby!) needs a steady supply of fluids during pregnancy. you’re still spending a lot of time in the bathroom these days. by all means. these veins do . Learn more about eating well in the first trimester. Fatigue: Of course you’re tired — you’re still engaged in the Herculean task of manufacturing the placenta (your baby’s life-support system) as well as getting used to all those conflicting emotions you’re experiencing. anyone?). you're in good company.
That’s good for your baby — more nutrients for her (or him) — and bad for you since sluggish bowels can leave you feeling. Avoid your heartburn triggers (spicy or fatty foods. and dinner. Nausea and vomiting: Don’t choose the nursery colors just yet. chew lots of sugarless gum. Food cravings and aversions: Stuck eating the same thing night after night because very few foods appeal to your picky palate now? Don’t worry — you’re not robbing your baby of precious nutrients by eating the same (healthy) thing over and over. Find yogurts that contain active cultures and eat one a day (or take a probiotics supplement after . If cravings are driving you crazy. whatever does it to you) and drink either before or after you eat — too much fluid mixed with too much food will distend your stomach and aggravate the burn.) Excessive saliva: As if feeling queasy wasn’t enough. you’re not alone. It should pass by the end of your first trimester (only seven more weeks to go!). invest in a good bra now (maybe even a maternity one that will give you more support). Constipation: If pregnancy has clogged up the works for you. then you’ve got pregnancy-induced indigestion and heartburn. The muscles in your bowels have relaxed so the food you eat can stay around your system longer.act like highways: They transport the nutrients and fluids from you to your baby after he (or she) is born. But regardless of your baby’s gender and how sick you feel. but studies do show that moms-to-be who are severely nauseated in the first trimester tend to be carrying girls. so no worries. A good way to get things moving is to get your fill of the good bacteria found in probiotics. give in to them once in a while — then eat well for the rest of the day. sluggish too. lunch. but until it does. you’ll still want to keep some food down. even if you’re only eating fruit salads for breakfast. thanks to the interplay of hormones produced by you and the female fetus. To minimize sagging and stretch marks later on. Stick to foods that appeal to you. you may also be contending with extra saliva pooling in your mouth. well. (Your baby’s nutritional needs are tiny at this point. Heartburn and indigestion: If you’ve got a burning sensation from the depths of your stomach to your mouth after you eat. caffeinated drinks.
legs. as her lips. Your Baby in Week 8 of Pregnancy Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day — and now is the size of a large raspberry. morning sickness (which doesn't just strike in the morning) may have you moving to the bathroom. .checking with your practitioner). eyelids. nose. her tail is just about gone) and a lot more baby-like these days. Probiotics will stimulate the intestinal bacteria to break down food better and help your digestive track keep things moving. Week 8 of Pregnancy As your baby starts moving in the womb. Your little berry is looking a lot less reptilian (even though she has webbed fingers and toes. and back continue to take shape.
but it plays a starring role in keeping you regular (pass the prunes. but only a little at a time. she's now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds. try to focus on the positive: Morning sickness is usually a sign that your pregnancy is going well. Your Body in Week 8 of Pregnancy While your raspberry-sized babe isn't exactly causing you to show yet.) A good rule of nutritional thumb when it comes to fruits (and veggies): Stronger colors spell better nutrition. the deeply hued flesh of the melon way outscores the white apple in vitamin and mineral content. it's what's inside that counts. the inside tells a different story. chances are your clothes are feeling a little tight around the tummy and you might need a bigger bra. (For instance. Learn more about your body this week and morning sickness. by the color of its “inner” rainbow when shopping and you'll find nutrients worth their weight in gold. please!).Her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! And even though you can't yet feel it. . Try to eat often. Week 8 Pregnancy Tip: Eating Fruit During Pregnancy Fruit is always your friend — but consider it your best friend while you're expecting. Not only does nature's sweetest bounty contain essential vitamins and other nutrients that are good for you and your baby. Learn more about your baby and baby's growth this week. But more often than not. opt for dried apricots when you can't stomach broccoli. Most likely. More sweet news: The right fruit can stand in for just about any vegetable you're shunning when pregnancy aversions and nausea may be keeping you from bellying up to the salad bar. That should also help your body battle another stubborn woe coming your way soon: pregnancy heartburn. you'll find relief as you move into your second trimester. So while a cantaloupe pales in comparison with a red apple on the outside. then. You may also be feeling perpetually queasy. but for now. But take heart — your baby feels just fine even while you're hugging the bowl with morning sickness. Select your produce.
including those in your gastrointestinal tract. Constipation: Fiber can be your BFF in the fight against those sluggish intestines. What can you do about it (except apologize to those around you)? Try to relax when you eat — tension can cause you to swallow air along with your food. along with progesterone. is working to relax the muscles in your body. The (aptly named) hormone relaxin. and from your friends. which can form gas pockets in your belly.Learn more about eating well in the first trimester. Nausea and vomiting: Those queasy feelings may still be sticking around this week. switch to foods that you don’t have to cook or. better yet. Try eating foods with ginger (many studies show it works for reducing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy) — ginger cookies. or ginger candies. The chewable kind might also make you feel less queasy. Having your partner (or a pal) lend a hand means you might have enough energy to go out for a walk (and then go to bed!). . And try taking your prenatal vitamin during dinner rather than on an empty stomach. These types of cravings are called pica and could be a sign of a nutritional deficiency. real ginger ale. which leads to indigestion and gassiness. Food cravings and aversions: Craving weird substances such as clay or laundry starch? Call your practitioner. Bloating: Those swell pregnancy hormones may cause you to swell as they slow down your metabolism. and broccoli. and you should ask for help — from your partner. Week 8 Pregnancy Symptoms Fatigue: What’s making you so tired these days? Try everything! Pregnancy is hard work. Increased sense of smell: If your heightened sense of smell is making mealtime preparation unbearable. Try to drink lots of fluid and follow a healthy diet to avoid constipation. But pace yourself if you’re not used to a fiber-rich diet or you’ll find yourself gassier than ever before: For instance. Flatulence: Along with the bloating and constipation comes that other common scourge of pregnancy: flatulence (aka farting). tofu. which only aggravates your bloated feeling. This causes food to move along more slowly. from your family. replace that white rice with brown and serve it along with your roasted chicken and veggies but don’t overload your system with a dish of brown rice. especially of iron. so add some fiber to every meal.
That’s because your body isn’t producing enough blood to fill your rapidly expanding circulatory system.) Leukorrhea protects the birth canal from infection by maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria. If there’s a window in the kitchen.have your partner pitch in. Week 9 of Pregnancy Your baby is busy building muscle. a thin. it stimulates the body’s mucous membranes. Increased vaginal discharge: Yet another bodily fluid introduced to you courtesy of estrogen — leukorrhea. but all you may want to do these days is take a nice long nap. (When estrogen increases blood flow to the pelvic area. and others don’t. lie down as soon as you feel light-headed. stress. Or just cook the foods you can stand to eat. . Make sure you’re getting enough rest to ward off fatigue-triggered headaches and keep eating to prevent your blood sugar from dropping and triggering them as well. Occasional headaches: All that exhaustion. leave it open. otherwise. which is gearing up to meet the needs of that other (little) body. and hunger (or nausea) you’re experiencing (plus those pesky hormones) can make your head ache — literally. Occasional faintness or dizziness: You might find yourself light-headed these days. so don’t try to douche or wash it away. If that’s not possible. Some women get headaches more often during pregnancy. milky vaginal discharge. Let your practitioner know if it happens a lot. then sit and bend as far forward as you can and put your head between your knees.
Your Body in Week 9 of Pregnancy Chances are you've never felt so tired in your life and for good reason: Your body is working overtime preparing for motherhood as it develops the placenta. your baby's lifeline. which triggers a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure. he's gearing up to move his arms and legs. now the size of a green olive. has grown about an inch since last week. Try listening for your baby's heartbeat via a Doppler device — that welcome sound should be audible anytime now.Your Baby in Week 9 of Pregnancy Your baby. Tiny muscles are beginning to form. your metabolism and hormone levels are surging. so while he might not be ready to pump iron. The result of all this: pregnancy fatigue. Learn more about your baby this week and the fetal heartbeat. but you might be able to hear something at your next checkup. Relief is around the corner as your energy level increases . It's still too soon to feel anything in your belly. At the same time.
turn in earlier . Learn more about your body this week and fatigue during pregnancy. those needs are pretty tiny. And don't forget to tap into the soothing power of ginger! Get more advice on eating when you're feeling nauseated. try double-voiding when you pee — when you think you’re done peeing. Fatigue: It’s a drag when you’re dragging yourself through the day. focus on foods you find less offensive (even if it's crackers. Right now. but nutrient-packed mini-meals and snacks throughout the day. and serve them up with a slice of mild cheddar). Week 9 Pregnancy Tip: Healthy Snacking Dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy isn't easy — but it's especially hard when you're anxious to start feeding yourself and your baby well. Week 9 Pregnancy Symptoms Frequent urination: If your sleep’s being interrupted by that gotta-go feeling. eat at least six smaller. but between racing to the bathroom at midnight to pee and your mind racing with all those pregnancy worries. Not only will the mini-meals be easier for your queasy stomach to…um…stomach. and more crackers). it's still up to the challenge of filling your baby's nutritional needs (since he's just a little bigger than a pea right now. you may find it difficult to comply with your body’s ever-rising request for rest. Make a point of getting your sleep — yes. choosing a healthy option whenever your stomach doesn't protest (make those crackers whole grain.(and morning sickness decreases) over the next few weeks once placenta construction is completed. too). Don't worry. but keeping your tummy a little bit filled is the best way to keep it from emptying out (over the toilet). So turn away from the computer (which can leave you too wired to fall asleep). if big meals are a big turnoff. In the meantime. crackers. it’s obvious. This will help empty out your bladder completely and maybe buy you an extra hour of shut-eye during the night. pee again. As challenged as your tender first trimester appetite is right now.
Constipation: To avoid even more bloating. which are not just larger but more tender too. Heartburn and indigestion: Need a quick trick for banishing your next bout of heartburn? Chew some sugarless gum (it's perfectly safe in moderation for pregnant women — check out these facts on artificial sweeteners and pregnancy). . Breast tenderness and change: Another thing that may be keeping you up at night? Your bigger breasts. try to get those bowels moving at their normal (or prepregnancy normal) pace. You could try hot water and lemon first thing in the morning (or last thing at night) — some pregnant women swear by it! Increased sense of smell: If that keen sense of smell is making your life an olfactory ordeal. have a go at fruit and vegetable juices to make you go. Flatulence: Got enough gas to rival a frat boy? Don’t worry — you’re not the first mom-to-be mortified by a sudden expulsion of gas (at either end) in a public place.(maybe after reading a book or magazine). Using a minty mouthwash and brushing your teeth as often as you can make your mouth dryer. That extra sleep should give you some staying power. bloated feeling to a minimum. eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (see below). try leaving windows open (to banish musty bedroom odors or cooking smells) and washing your clothes more often (fibers tend to hold onto smells). Tums or Rolaids also eases the burn (and gives you a calcium boost to boot). which then neutralizes the acid in your stomach. and linger in bed longer. which can aggravate bloating. Bloating: Who knew pregnancy could spawn so many uncomfortable symptoms! To keep that gassy. Besides drinking lots of water. Chewing increases saliva. You can wear a cotton sports bra to minimize the discomfort. The increased blood flow and their larger size can make them ultrasensitive — and make you more uncomfortable at night. try opting for small meals that won’t overload your digestive system as much as large meals do. But if you’d like to keep those embarrassing explosions to a minimum. Excessive saliva: You may be feeling as if you’ve got enough spit to fill up a spittoon (and then some!).
On your agenda. and his tiny arms even have elbows that bend (how is that for magical?). His stomach and kidneys are kicking into gear. Inside that little mouth. Learn more about your baby's development this week. Your Baby in Week 10 of Pregnancy Your baby (now the size of a prune) has small indentations on his legs (soon to be knees and ankles!). tiny buds of baby teeth are forming under the gums. and if it's a boy. increase your fiber intake to cope with constipation. Your Body in Week 10 of Pregnancy . his testes are making testosterone (how manly!).Week 10 of Pregnancy On your baby's to-do list this week: Build bones and cartilage. producing digestive juices and urine.
steer clear of foods that'll clog up the works (refined breads. who may have a few special tricks up that white-coated sleeve. Week 10 Pregnancy Symptoms Fatigue: You probably still feel as if your get-up-and-go has gotten up and gone. and nuts and seeds. and rice). get some rest. Third. blueberries. cherries…you name it!). but don’t worry — in about a month you’ll be feeling less tired.) Learn more about constipation during pregnancy. And finally. particularly water and fruit and vegetable juices (close your eyes and V8 tastes just like champagne! Well. Whole grains and veggies can help. prunes — try all your favorite fruits dried. as can drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. dried fruit (and don't stop at that geriatric favorite. Second. sort of…if you really use your imagination). to pears. What can you do about it? First. swallow your pride (if you haven't already) and call your practitioner. pasta. raw or lightly cooked vegetables. fixate on fiber: Whole grains (especially fiber-rich cereals). Learn more about your body this week and visible veins during pregnancy. Week 10 Pregnancy Tip: Cures for Constipation Constipation is an all-to-common first-trimester pregnancy symptom. apples. Ask for help. wash that fiber down (and through your system) with plenty of fluids.All clogged up? For many moms-to-be. from apricots and peaches. those pesky pregnancy hormones cause the smooth muscles of the large bowel to fall down on the job — they get sluggish and you get constipated. You might also be coping with headaches and newly visible veinsas your body's blood supply ramps up (it'll increase by 20 to 40 percent over the course of your pregnancy!). a fine. In the meantime. don’t be super mom-to-be. furry friend to those who are constipated). remember that getting moving can keep things moving (another good reason to put exercise on the agenda). If the situation doesn't improve in a couple of days. cereals. and work in some exercise when you . (Don't use any over-the-counter remedies without consulting him or her first. fresh fruit (think kiwis.
head to the gym. Yes. Then you can avoid those triggers (or at least warn your partner!). but if your cravings are getting out of hand. It’s harmless. That should keep those gastric juices down. and stress (check). milky-white discharge that you may be seeing now. (Missing a meal just makes those queasy feelings more intense. too. Food cravings and aversions: Between those queasy feelings and food aversions. you’ve probably kept your weight gain down. But even so. Increased vaginal discharge:You’ve got more blood flowing to the pelvic area (good for your sex life) thanks to the pregnancy hormone estrogen. Flatulence: As your hormones continue to relax all your muscles. And use pillows to prop up your head (about six inches) when you sleep. which means more indigestion (see above) and more intestinal gas.) But if eating anything is really turning your stomach. It’s also worthwhile to try other ways to soothe . as well as more mucus. so don’t bother with special wipes or washes — these could change the delicate balance of your genital tract and lead to irritation. the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract are relaxing too. And that’s okay — your baby’s nutritional needs are minuscule at this point. You may find it helpful to keep a record of what you eat to see whether there’s a connection between certain foods — whether it’s fried foods or broccoli or beans — and gas. hunger (check). you don’t want to go crazy on the cravings. but you’ll feel peppier (promise!) — and you’ll sleep better. Nausea and vomiting: What’s the worst thing you can do if you’re feeling queasy? Skip a meal.Your doctor will probably okay acetaminophen but not ibuprofen. Occasional headaches: What accounts for these new pregnancy headaches? Blame hormones (they’re a convenient scapegoat!). Heartburn and indigestion: A good way to prevent heartburn? Don’t eat while you’re lying down — or don’t lie down right after eating a big meal (even though the bed beckons you!). or eat a bite-sized piece of chocolate instead of a brownie. or go for a walk. And sucking on ginger candy (or drinking real ginger ale) will help. it seems counterintuitive to go out for a walk when you want to crawl into bed. try acupressure or seasickness bands. Your best bet is to stay away from foods that produce the most gas. It’s okay to indulge once in a while. read a book. The result is a thin. but other triggers include fatigue (check).can. try some distractions: Call a friend.
as you start feeling a bit more human yourself. The best thing to do is get off your feet and get comfy. .your savage head: Lie down in a dark room. What’s causing them? The ligaments that support your belly are stretching out (and getting thinner). To decrease dizzy spells. carry healthy snacks around for a quick blood-sugar boost and stay hydrated. so it’s no wonder you feel dizzy occasionally. and as your belly gets heavier. put a cold compress on your face or neck. Be sure to sit or lie down as soon as you feel light-headed (so you don’t fall). Occasional faintness or dizziness: Your body is still getting used to all that blood pumping through it. Those veins are doing the important work of taking nutrients and blood to your baby. They will disappear though! Lower abdominal achiness: Like so many pregnancy symptoms. Week 11 of Pregnancy That adorable little alien inside your tummy is starting to look human about now. causing pain (sharp or dull). Visible veins on your body: That increased blood supply is also responsible for the road map of veins crisscrossing their way across your belly and breasts. or take fresh-air breaks. round ligament pain (which is just a fancy name for those growing pains in that burgeoning belly of yours) is probably something you never expected. the weight pulls on the ligaments. So there’s nothing you can do but wait.
growing hair follicles. and ovaries (if she's a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now. Your Body in Week 11 of Pregnancy Hungry? Good — that's a sign yourmorning sickness is easing and your appetite is gearing up to help you nourish your body…and your baby. fingernails.Your Baby in Week 11 of Pregnancy Your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week. with hands and feet in front of her body. a tongue and palate in the mouth. But don't go overboard just because you're eating for two: Try to gain efficiently by choosing the most nutritious foods during pregnancy and minimizing the junk. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose. and visible nipples. More smart nibbling . Hooray! Learn more about your baby’s development in week 11. with ears nearly in their final shape.
soda. the magnificently complex mission control that will serve as your baby's life-support system until delivery.tactics: Minimize bloating and gas (caused by digestion-slowing progesterone and your growing uterus) by grazing instead of gorging and steering clear of notorious gas producers. And for the next few weeks. When it calls for a break. Learn more about your body in week 11 and bloating and burping. a baby's not the only thing in production — so is the placenta. and sweets. Warn your partner about . cut back on caffeinated drinks (they just increase your need to pee). fried foods. In the meantime. you're on the clock around the clock). Learn more about fatigue during pregnancy. causing your pregnant body to work harder at rest than your nonpregnant body did on the run. but your achy boobs are a turnoff for you. But don’t be tempted to cut back on your fluid intake since you (and your babyto-be) need to stay hydrated — instead. nuts and dried fruit). take one. That's because you're running a baby-making factory that's in business 24/7 (and since you're the only employee. Breast tenderness and changes: Your growing breasts may be a turn-on for your partner. and most of all — listen to your body. even when you're not doing a darn thing. Week 11 Pregnancy Tip: Feeling Tired During Pregnancy Are your two favorite positions these days sitting and lying down? Pregnancy fatigue is normal. keep your blood-sugar level up with frequent snacks of complex carbs and protein (cheese and crackers. Your energy should pick up once the placenta is up and running and your system adjusts (as best as it can) to the hormonal changes of pregnancy — probably early in the second trimester. such as beans. try a little exercise (which can actually give you an energy boost). The result? You feel tired and overworked. Week 11 Pregnancy Symptoms Frequent urination: Blame that pregnancy hormone hCG (which increases blood flow to the pelvic area and kidneys) for making you feel the need to pee nearly all the time.
Stave off light-headedness by keeping your blood sugar stable with regular.your extra-sensitive breasts so that he knows why you may not be up for lovemaking — or even heavy-duty hugging. it's your baby who actually has! . which can lead to dizziness and fainting. which slows digestion and leaves you feeling bloated. Keep your mouth as dry and minty-fresh as possible by brushing your teeth more often. noon. Week 12 of Pregnancy While it may seem as if you've doubled in size over the past few weeks. the most likely explanation is those darned pregnancy hormones. Excessive saliva: While experts aren’t entirely sure what causes this symptom. Food cravings and aversions: Are you still gagging at the smell of what used to be your favorite food — or jonesing for meat even though you were practically a vegetarian? The good news is that these freaky food preferences may lessen by your fourth month. and night? Don’t despair since the odds are good you have only a week or two left of queasiness — most moms-to-be get over their nausea by weeks 12 to 14. small meals throughout the day — and by keeping a stash of healthy snacks nearby at all times. Occasional faintness or dizziness: Your body isn’t producing enough blood to fill your expanding circulatory system. Bloating: How can your belly feel so inflated when your fetus is still only about two inches long? The progesterone in your system has caused your gastrointestinal tract to relax. Nausea and vomiting: Still feeling “morning sickness” — morning.
The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that'll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so. which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. Your Body in Week 12 of Pregnancy If all those changes in your baby sound dizzying. Learn more about your baby in week 12 and fetal organs and systems. your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. For one thing. Most of his systems are in place. The decrease in blood . that may just be you dealing with yet another problematic pregnancy symptom: Lots of women experience occasional dizzinessand/or feel faint due to progesterone. his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating. though there's still plenty of maturing to do.Your Baby in Week 12 of Pregnancy By now. and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he's out of your safe haven.
it's hard to purr when you're busy gagging on dinner. Week 12 Pregnancy Symptoms Decreasing need to urinate frequently: That gotta-go feeling may finally be starting to wane. Fatigue: Throughout this first trimester your body is working overtime to build the placenta. Rest assured. whatever you’re feeling is normal. getting adequate rest. and standing up slowly. Learn more about your body in week 12 and dizzy spellsduring pregnancy. So let yourself rest when you feel the need. turning up the heat for some and throwing ice water on others.flow to your body and brain. But be sure to practice your Kegel exercises throughout the next several months to help prevent pregnancy-induced incontinence down the line. along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy. Learn more about sex and love during pregnancy. What's the deal with your sex drive? Hormones hit every woman differently. . feedings. Excessive saliva: This annoying pregnancy symptom will likely go away as you head into your second trimester. Week 12 Pregnancy Tip: Sex Drive Your best friend says being pregnant turned her into a sex kitten — but you feel more like a dead fish (and just about as bloated…which makes you feel even less sexy). Do your part to keep your equilibrium by eating regularly. Just stay emotionally connected with your partner.m. Pregnancy symptoms can also stand between you and a good time — after all. or to get busy when you barely have the energy to get undressed. in spades…so don't be surprised if a very warm front moves into your bedroom soon. or for your partner to take advantage of those extra-large breasts when you have a strict look-but-don't-touch (ouch!) policy in effect. which is likely zapping your energy. Minimize your discomfort (and distaste) by chewing sugarless gum or swishing mouthwash. and remember — and remind your partner — that many women who've lost that lovin' feeling in the first trimester get it back in the second. can set your world a-spinning. and take advantage of any opportunities to sleep now — before your baby arrives and demands three a.
Or keep a lemon wedge nearby.Flatulence: One way to decrease this embarrassing pregnancy symptom is to slow down when you eat. your baby's about the size of peach. remember that it’s usually okay to take acetaminophen during pregnancy (but make sure your medical practitioner gives you the go-ahead first). which can trigger headaches. which stimulates your body’s mucous membranes. though you may not be feeling too peachy about your sex life right now. try opening the windows. . Week 13 of Pregnancy As the first trimester comes to a close. Increased sense of smell: If your nose knows a little too much lately (you can tell what your hubby ate for lunch the moment he walks in the door). Also. Occasional headaches: Be sure to eat regularly throughout the day — skipping meals causes low blood sugar. Stay dry by wearing panty liners. Increased vaginal discharge: Extra discharge is completely normal during pregnancy — thanks to increased estrogen. which creates gas pockets in your already-overtaxed belly. and sniff it when you start to smell a nausea-inducing odor — citrus can quell queasiness. Scarfing down food can cause you to swallow air.
her body will catch up. Your Body in Week 13 of Pregnancy . Learn more about your baby in week 13 and fetal growth rates. By the time you give birth.Your Baby in Week 13 of Pregnancy What's up with your baby? Well. measuring three-quarters of her total size. Mommy!"). And because she can move her arms and legs in a jerky fashion. What else is going on in there? Tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs. and the vocal cords are well under construction (the first step toward saying. "I love you. besides being as large as a peach now. she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen. that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point).
no matter what your grandmother says!) Learn more about twins and multiples. (Okay. Could you be having twins? Maybe — especially if you have a history of fraternal twins in your family or you're over 35 (or both). You may feel hotter than ever while your husband is feeling anything but. that is. Or it's possible that you're just taking the eating-for-two mandate a little too literally (you took everything you ate before you became pregnant and doubled it. check with your practitioner at your next visit. a thin. Week 13 Pregnancy Symptoms . but his eager eyes (and hands) are just about the last things you want to feel on your body right now. Bloating can make a pregnant abdomen distend well beyond its weeks. Who knows — you just might have two buns in your oven after all. Or. Learn more about your body in week 13 and vaginal discharge during pregnancy. now do you feel sexy?) This harmless discharge is likely to increase in the coming weeks. he may be entranced by your ripening breasts and belly. Week 13 Pregnancy Tip: Having Twins? Your belly's already bursting out of the seams of your largest jeans. For instance. You may start to notice leukorrhea. (You can't tell from the outside. it could be that your due date's off (and your bigger-than-expected belly's just the result of a bigger-than-expected baby). and you're just finishing up the first trimester.When it comes to sex during pregnancy. leading to your early midsection expansion). To find out what's really going on in there. Whether you're getting any action down there — and even if you're not — there's still certainly lots going on in your nether regions. anything goes. Or it could be that you're just full of it — gas. mildsmelling milky vaginal discharge that protects the birth canal from infection and keeps the bacteria in your vagina in a healthy balance. But there are other more-likely explanations for your seemingly larger-than-life belly. so keep plenty of panty liners in stock. This is all normal and it's likely to change (and maybe change again) as you get closer to delivery.
the muscle at the top of the stomach relaxes. allowing digestive acids to rise up into the esophagus — causing a burning in the chest. you may be starting to feel a little less tired these days. Occasional faintness or dizziness: Still plagued by dizzy spells? Don’t get up from a sitting or prone position too quickly since this can trigger light-headedness. citrus. immediately lie down or sit with your head between your knees Visible veins on body: Though you may not find these veins a welcome sight. In the event that you do start to feel faint.Decreasing fatigue: Now that your body has had a trimester to adjust to pregnancy. chocolate. Pick bras with plenty of support to ease your discomfort. slowly start adding more high-fiber foods to your diet (fruits. Heartburn or indigestion: During pregnancy. vegetables. and spicy or fatty foods. welcome relief from pesky early pregnancy symptoms . and the increased fat and blood flow to your breasts. and whole grains are good picks). caffeinated drinks. mint. SECOND TRIMISTER Second Trimester of Pregnancy The next three months bring lots of changes for your growing fetus and most likely. progesterone. Food cravings and aversions: If you still have a yen for weird foods. and give yourself permission to indulge in small portions of the junk foods you crave. don’t be too hard on yourself. Constipation: Your bowel muscles also relax during pregnancy (due to hormones). Consider channeling your newfound energy into your workout routine — but don’t overdo it! Breast tenderness and changes: The aches you’re feeling are largely due to estrogen. which means your bowels will be less efficient at moving waste out of your system. Even more good news: The vein network fades after you give birth. they’re actually a good thing —your increased blood supply is carrying much-needed nutrients to your baby. Reduce the pain by staying away from these heartburn triggers: alcohol. Do your best to find healthy foods that appeal to you. If you find yourself backed up.
for you. the start of the second trimester often means less queasiness and more energy. and he's got fingerprints on those tiny digits. By six months. in fact. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your sex life as you and hubby cope with your changing body (he might be turned on while you're turned off — or vice versa) and mood-killing symptoms like fatigue and nausea. and an increased appetite. Your baby is very. he'll likely double his weight in the next four weeks. irritability. with extra blood flowing to all the right spots. Don't be surprised if you're congested(you may even snore!) or mildly swollen around the ankles and feet. very busy in the second trimester. And be prepared for sensitive gums. There may be some big changes in the bedroom as well during the second trimester. and varicose veins and/or hemorrhoids. Capillaries are forming to carry blood through his body and those little eyes are starting to open. you'll have a twopound human in your belly! For Mom. All are perfectly normal and temporary — and so are feelings of apprehension. By week 18 of pregnancy. By the end of your second trimester. leg cramps. forgetfulness. taste. he can yawn and hiccup (so cute!). and frustration at looking positively plump but not definitively pregnant. his ears and eyes are moving into their correct positions. so keep talking through the . dizziness. Other possiblepregnancy symptoms include skin changes. Certain symptoms may persist (such as heartburn and constipation) and others may pop up for the first time. your baby takes a cue from you and starts to pack on the pounds. By week 21 of pregnancyyou should be able to feel his newly coordinated arms and legs give you little jabs and kicks and in week 22 of pregnancy . achiness in the lower abdomen. he's sprouting hair. Some (lucky) ladies find themselves hotter than ever. his developing senses start to smell. A few things to keep in mind: Communication is key to avoiding resentment. and he's starting to suck and swallow. see. And you're probably peeing less and showing more. Here's more on what to expect in the second trimester of pregnancy. he weighs about as much as a chicken breast. For one thing. and hear.
he'd probably enjoy a little rocking and rolling! At the doctor's office. this blood test measures the levels of four substances produced by your baby and passed into your bloodstream. one to go! Week 14 of Pregnancy It's all about hair now as your baby sprouts some on his head. is typically performed between weeks 16 and 18 of pregnancy (if you decide to have one). expect routine monitoring for the next several weeks. the size of your uterus. You'll probably be scheduled for a second ultrasound between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. those first-trimester symptoms should be easing up a bit. Despite all this testing. height of your fundus (top of your uterus). Amniocentesis . Words to live by now: Eat well. The results can indicate increased risk factors for chromosomal or congenital abnormalities such as Down syndrome or neural-tube defects. Between 14 and 22 weeks of pregnancy you'll likely have a quad screening as well. And remember — sex will neither hurt your fetus nor scar him emotionally. Your practitioner will check your weight. Two down. during which amniotic fluid is extracted and analyzed for genetic abnormalities. determine the amount of amniotic fluid. and get plenty of rest. . and body. eyebrows. which allows your doctor to measure the baby. and — if you like — clue you in on your baby's gender. As for Mom. exercise regularly. keep in mind that most babies are born healthy.dry spells. In fact. and the baby's heartbeat. check the developing organs.
your breasts aren't quite as tender as they were last trimester and your energy level is making a comeback. More good . baby fat will accumulate over the next few months and take over the function of keeping your baby warm and toasty —allowing most of that hair to shed. He is also sporting a downy coating of hair (lanugo) that keeps him nice and warm. Not to worry — you won't give birth to a monkey. Learn more about your baby in week 14 and fetal movement. that is) as well as intestinal activity: His intestines are producing meconium (which is the waste that will make up his first bowel movement after birth). Other developments this week include a roof of his own (inside his mouth. so he’s no longer doing the jerk every time he repositions his arms and legs. your baby is more fluid-like in his movements. Your Body in Week 14 of Pregnancy Welcome to the second trimester! With any luck.Your Baby in Week 14 of Pregnancy Now the size of your clenched fist.
More than ever. Wash your hands often (and carry liquid sanitizer for times when a sink's not handy). Learn more about getting sick during pregnancy. you're also more susceptible to colds. flu. check with your practitioner ASAP.news on the horizon: less morning sickness and fewer trips to the potty to pee. which means you may finally be able to skip a few trips to the bathroom each day. and other bugs when you're expecting. when the baby drops farther into the pelvis. You might find yourself feeling pregnancy aches on the lower sides of your abdomen about now as the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus stretch. Week 14 Pregnancy Symptoms Decreasing need to urinate frequently: Bladder pressure tends to lessen in the second trimester. Many are — plus getting better fast is the best medicine for your baby. who will treat what you've got with your special needs in mind. Week 14 Pregnancy Tip: Staying Healthy As if you didn't have enough pregnancy symptoms to contend with. If antibiotics are prescribed for a bacterial infection (they're useless against viruses like colds). don't share drinks or food or toothbrushes. especially when germs are being passed around your office or home like canapés. Enjoy it now — bladder pressure ramps up again in the third trimester. . the best defense is a strong offense. That's because nature wisely suppresses your immune system during pregnancy to keep your fetus (a foreigner to your body) from being rejected. The key to staying healthy during pregnancy is to engage in some germ warfare. And though it might be a pain in the — well. don't hesitate to take them because you've heard medications aren't safe during pregnancy. lower abdomen — it's pain with a gain and a sign that it won't be long now until your body finally starts to show that you're expecting. Learn more about your body in week 14 and the second trimester. and avoid sick people like the plague (it's okay to banish a sick spouse to the couch with a stack of DVDs). If you think you've caught something.
which causes them to swell and soften. An end to (or decrease in) nausea and vomiting: If you’re like most women. you can help minimize them by walking throughout the day to keep blood circulating. So consider taking this opportunity to get a jump start on baby prep (ready to start picking out a baby registry wish list?). Though you may not be able to prevent varicose veins entirely (they’re hereditary). Possible nasal congestion: Those pesky hormones are to blame once again — high levels of estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow to mucous membranes in the body (including the nose). healthy meals and snacks throughout the day (which keeps blood sugar and energy stable) instead of bingeing (which causes sugar highs and subsequent sugar crashes). Varicose veins: These large. your morning sickness may be coming to an end now that you’re in your second trimester (yay!).Decreasing fatigue: You’re probably feeling a renewed sense of energy now that your body has finished its first-trimester task of manufacturing the placenta. Try running a warm-mist humidifier while you sleep to make breathing easier. while — higher up — you may be coping with some dental weirdness. Week 15 of Pregnancy You might not yet be feeling it. which often show up on the legs. swollen blood vessels. Increasing appetite: Now that the nausea is subsiding. but your baby is kicking those little legs and flexing those elbows. . are caused by the extra blood volume you produce to nourish your baby-to-be. Do your best to eat regular. your areolas are probably darker and your nipples may be on “high alert”). you’ve rediscovered your appetite. they may not feel as achy as they did in your first trimester. Pat yourself on the back (or tummy) for making it through the worst of the nausea. Continued breast growth but decreasing tenderness: While your breasts are still growing and changing (for instance.
Your formerly healthy gums may have become super-sensitive and prone to bleeding. She's about the size of an orange this week. Your Body in Week 15 of Pregnancy Pregnancy hormones are pretty rough on your body. you might be coping with a chronic stuffy nose or even nosebleeds during pregnancy. Fear not — it'll all pass. especially the teeth and gums. Plus. causing inflammation and making them more susceptible to plaque and bacteria. Learn more about your baby in week 15 and baby kicking. and her eyes are moving to the front of her face. her ears have migrated to the sides of her head. In addition. . also brought on by progesterone surging through your system. your little smarty-pants can now wiggle her fingers and toes and make breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.Your Baby in Week 15 of Pregnancy One way to deal with the havoc of pregnancy hormones: Focus on how much is happening with your baby.
But keep in mind that's an average — which means that it's perfectly fine to gain half a pound one week. both during meals and during the day — increasing bloat. Starting in the second trimester. A solution you’ll enjoy: Take time out to relax and get pampered (massage. Avoid gas-inducing foods such as broccoli. Learn more about pregnancy weight gain. . If you're weighing in at home. just make sure you do it consistently — at about the same time and under about the same conditions (undressed. as long as you're netting about four pounds a month. Bloating: The hormones that are causing your gastrointestinal system to relax and produce gas can also lead to bloating. for instance). you should be too. once a week (or once every other week) is plenty. Flatulence: The hormones relaxin and progesterone are relaxing the muscles in your body (including those in your gastrointestinal tract). right after getting up. Week 15 Pregnancy Tip: Weight Gain Whether you were barely able to gain an ounce during the first trimester (thanks to all that toilet hugging) or you gained more ounces — and pounds — than you care to admit (courtesy of all those comforting carbs your queasy self was overloading on). beans. Week 15 Pregnancy Symptoms Heartburn or indigestion: Now that you’re hungrier. pedicure. you name it) because tension can also cause you to swallow air. and a pound and a half the next. it's weight-gain time now.Learn more about your body in week 15 and dental care and concerns. you may find that eating large amounts of food in one sitting can lead to heartburn or indigestion. causing gassiness. Or leave the weigh-ins to your practitioner at your monthly visits. Guard against gastrointestinal discomfort by eating several small meals throughout the day (rather than three large ones) so as not to overload your digestive system. cabbage. Make slow and steady your motto and aim for a weekly weight gain of about one pound. and fried foods. your baby's getting bigger and bigger — and consequently.
place a cool compress on your forehead or on the back of your neck and sit in a dark. Occasional faintness or dizziness: If you can’t find a place to lie down or sit when you feel light-headed. Plus. . let your practitioner know. fatigue. stress. Varicose veins: The good news about varicose veins? They’re unlikely to cause any harm. This will help prevent you from fainting and taking a spill. quiet room.Occasional headaches: Headaches during pregnancy can be caused by just about anything — hormones. you might notice some pain on the lower sides of your belly (technically called round ligament pain). kneel and bend your head forward as though you were tying your shoe. since elevating your legs helps keep blood circulating and reduces pressure on the veins in your legs. This is perfectly normal — but if the pain becomes severe. your baby's eyesight (and eyelashes!) are developing rapidly. Week 16 of Pregnancy Here's an eye opener for you: While you're packing on the baby pounds. To lessen your pain. their presence is a good excuse to sit down and kick back with your feet up. Lower abdominal achiness: As the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus stretch.
your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints. those frowns have nothing to do with the sound of your voice!) And his eyes are finally working. The bones that are now in place in his ears means he can probably hear your voice as you talk to your partner and pals and sing in the car. While he’s getting used to your voice. Peekaboo! Learn more about your baby in week 16 and fetal hearing. making small sideto-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). are gaining strength. especially the ones in his back. Your Body in Week 16 of Pregnancy .Your Baby in Week 16 of Pregnancy Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to five ounces. so he can straighten out a little more. (Don’t worry. even at this early stage. the tiny muscles in his body. And thanks to his developing facial muscles. and he's four to five inches in length.
every woman is different and gains (and loses) at her own pace. Remember. As long as you eat right during pregnancy (minimize junk and maximize nutrient-dense foods) and get regular exercise. Sure.It's hard to watch yourself gain weight during pregnancy. even when you know there's a wonderful reason for it. (If you buy that. this one is about as reliable as holding a ring on a string over your belly and determining the baby's gender based on which way the ring turns. The challenge. Learn more about your body this week and nasal congestionduring pregnancy. is to try to embrace your body's new shape and think of every pound you put on as a sign of good health for you and your baby. Week 16 Pregnancy Tip: Determining Your Baby's Gender True or false: A fetal heart rate of fewer than 140 beats per minute means you're having a boy. It's a notion that's been making the obstetrical rounds forever. leading to congestion. If you'd like better odds than that (the kind you can base your nursery-paint colors on). ask at your ultrasound. and the truth is…it's false. Another part of you that’s swelling — the membranes in your nose. though. One way to show your changing shape some love this week and feel better about yourself in the process: Buy a garment (or accessory) that makes you feel pretty at your new size (and don't forget to buy underwear that fits!).) There are as many old tales about ways to find out your baby’s gender as there are old wives to tell about them (and try them out at family gatherings). you'll be fine in the long run. but while it sounds more plausible (and more grounded in medical fact). there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. Learn more about finding out the sex of the baby. Sorry. . they're fun to talk about. Week 16 Pregnancy Symptoms Continued breast growth: Feeling overwhelmed by your ever-growing breasts? Don’t worry — after giving birth and weaning (if you choose to breastfeed) your boobs should return to about their prepregnancy size (give or take a few jiggles). while a heart rate of more than 140 beats per minute means you're having a girl. but all of them share just one truth: They're correct in predicting gender 50 percent of the time.
making them more susceptible to bacteria. which can back things up significantly. Varicose veins: One way to minimize the swollen blood vessels in your legs? Keep your weight gain healthy and gradual (and stick within the recommended range) because extra weight increases the load on your circulatory system. While this is normal. Also see the dentist at least once during pregnancy to avoid gum disease. which can cause pregnancy complications if untreated. saline nasal sprays and nasal strips can offer some relief. irritation. Possible nasal congestion: Pregnancy hormones cause the mucous membranes in the body to swell. Week 17 of Pregnancy Your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing as she gets ready for the real thing: a breast or bottle! As for Mom. resulting in strained back muscles. and bleeding. you may be warding off some unwanted belly touching. since they can irritate the genital tract and lead to infection. it’s important to keep flossing and brushing regularly. your expanding uterus is now putting pressure on your bowels. including those in your nose. Try to soothe these sore muscles by getting a prenatal massage (even from your partner) or taking a warm bath or shower. Increased vaginal discharge: Though vaginal discharge is actually beneficial to your body (it protects the birth canal from infection). however. and even nosebleeds. Backaches: As your belly gets bigger. . Don’t be tempted to try douches or feminine wipes. it may not feel comfortable. irritation. your lower back curves more than usual to accommodate the load.Constipation: Besides those pregnancy hormones causing your gastrointestinal tract to get sluggish. Bleeding gums: Have you noticed that your gums are bleeding after brushing? That’s because pregnancy hormones are causing gum inflammation. If this leads to nasal congestion. Try increasing the amount of liquid you drink to keep everything moving along.
that's fine. . baby!). More new developments with your body: a slight vaginal discharge (leukorrhea) and a greater sensitivity to allergens these days — both are totally normal — and the appetite of a truck driver now that the queasy feeling is (probably) gone. and is developing some body fat (join the club. and even strangers may feel the urge to reach out and touch your belly. If you don't mind. Your Body in Week 17 of Pregnancy Now that you're starting to show. Learn more about your baby in week 17 and a baby’s body fat. speak up kindly but firmly. But if you do. coworkers. Her heart is now regulated by her brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! What else is up? She’s practicing the survival skills she’ll need at birth — like sucking and swallowing. chances are that friends. weighs about five ounces.Your Baby in Week 17 of Pregnancy My how your baby has grown! She's about the size of your palm.
or some other culprit causes your headaches. fatigue. which can form gas pockets in your belly). take heart. tension. avoid lying down after eating to keep gastric juices in the stomach where they belong. The stuffiness that often triggers world-champion snoring is common and temporary. Heartburn or indigestion: If you find yourself feeling the burn after a big meal. Flatulence: As your uterus expands and puts pressure on your rectum. Week 17 Pregnancy Symptoms Increasing appetite: Does your appetite seem insatiable these days? That’s because your growing baby is demanding more nourishment. it’s usually okay to take acetaminophen during pregnancy to alleviate the pain.Learn more about your body in week 17 and your growing appetite. even your nose is affected by pregnancy hormones!). by the way. another unexpected (make that inexplicable) side effect of those pregnancy hormones at work (that’s right. And if he still complains. you're starting to feel like). or sleeping on a couple of pillows to keep your head slightly elevated. produce. try to choose foods that fill you up and meet your nutrient needs (high-fiber grains. it's more important that you get a good night's sleep these days. Try putting a humidifier in your bedroom. Occasional headaches: Whether hormones. after all. using one of those nasal strips on your nose to open up your nasal passages (doesn't look pretty. buy him a set of earplugs — or banish him to the couch for the night. One way to reduce the gas: Eat slowly (eating too quickly can cause you to swallow air. but it works for some people). But check with your practitioner first. Week 17 Pregnancy Tip: Snoring If your partner finds your new snoring habit about as sexy as a hippo in a thong (which. Listen to your hunger pangs and eat when you need to. you may find it harder to control the muscles in that area — which can lead to some gassy outbursts. . Learn more about snoring during pregnancy. and lean protein).
so if you start finding some stretch marks on your body. this may keep the stretching gradual and. which is a great way to take your mind off your bothersome back. Otherwise. as a result. and place a board underneath your mattress to firm it up. so make sure you stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day (aim to drink more than that if you’ve been exercising). Week 18 of Pregnancy You might start to feel your baby moving around anytime now. . Backaches: Ease this common pregnancy symptom by making sure you have a supportive chair at work and a firm mattress at home. Stretch marks: This badge of pregnancy is hereditary. get a cushion for your chair to place behind your back so you can keep your posture in line.Occasional faintness or dizziness: Dehydration can cause dizziness. it may be because your mother had them too. less extreme. But if you gain weight at a steady rate (instead of in big spurts).
On top of all that. rolling. now about the size of a cantaloupe. kicking. he now may be large enough for you to feel him twisting. adding up to one big ouch! . too!) and his own unique set of toe and fingerprints. Learn more about your baby in week 18 and the fetal nervous system. is causing your body's center of gravity to shift. jointloosening pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc on your muscles and ligaments. here's why: Your uterus. pulling the lower back forward and pushing the abdomen out (so now everyone can see that you’re pregnant!). Your Body in Week 18 of Pregnancy Oh. At five and a half inches long and five ounces in weight. but your baby's getting ready to bust a move. and punching his way around the womb. he's developing yawning and hiccupping skills (you may feel those soon. Plus.our Baby in Week of 18 of Pregnancy Your pregnancy back pain may have you tied up in knots (see below). my aching back! If you've uttered those words more than once this week.
That's the heartbreak of heartburn — an all-too-common symptom that can persist throughout your pregnancy. Put them on before you get out of bed in the morning to prevent the blood from pooling. . which applies pressure to the legs and give blood a little upward push toward your heart. Varicose veins: If the varicose veins in your legs are starting to itch or ache. Flatulence: Finding it hard to contain the gas bubbles? Try to relax — tension can cause you to swallow air and add to the problem. Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes them. consider wearing support hose. eat slowly and chew thoroughly (no eating lunch on the run or gobbling your dinner standing up). And do skip anything on the menu with a picture of a flame next to it! Learn more about eating well in the second trimester. but you can help fend them off by doing calf stretches before hitting the sack. Leg cramps: As if it weren’t enough that your precious sleep is interrupted by trips to the bathroom to pee. Week 18 Pregnancy Tip: Heartburn Forget the chili burrito with extra jalapeños — sometimes even a bite of toast will set your gut on fire these days. eat smaller meals and snacks rather than fivealarm gut bombs. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of Tums (though you might want to keep the pound of Tums handy too — especially because they'll banish the burn while boosting your calcium intake). sit upright for a few hours after eating (or as long as you can last without collapsing into bed). you may be starting to feel your baby’s movements in the womb! But don’t worry if you haven’t felt anything out of the ordinary — it may take a few more weeks for you to pinpoint those first kicks. For starters. Week 18 Pregnancy Symptoms Fetal movement: If you’ve noticed an unusual rumbling in your tummy these days. and sleep with your head elevated (it helps with the snoring anyway).Learn more about your body in week 18 and your shifting posture. now you may find yourself suddenly woken up during the night by shooting spasms in your calves.
And maybe even get him to give you a massage while he’s at it! Mild swelling of ankles and feet: As your body tissues accumulate fluid (your pregnant body requires extra fluid to support you and your baby). Reduce water retention in your feet by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods — and try to keep your legs elevated when you can. you may notice swelling in your ankles and feet (fluid tends to pool there thanks to the law of gravity). be sure to mention that you’re expecting. but try not to be too aggressive in your technique since this can further aggravate sensitive gums. Week 19 of Pregnancy Your baby's skin now has a protective coating.Bleeding gums: Those pesky pregnancy hormones cause mucous membranes in your body (including those in your mouth) to swell. These skin conditions are perfectly normal during pregnancy (blame those hormones again). redness.” you may have gotten eczema. Skin. and bleeding gums. but if you choose to see a dermatologist. and nail changes: While you may have been hoping for a pregnancy “glow. . here’s an activity that may cheer you up — get your partner to rub moisturizing lotion over your belly. Stretch marks: If the appearance of a new stretch mark has got you feeling down. Continue to floss and brush regularly. while you might be hoping for something to protect you from painful leg cramps. or acne instead. which can mean inflamed. irritated. Some skin medications like Accutane and Retin-A are not safe during pregnancy. hair.
Your Baby in Week 19 of Pregnancy Have you ever seen a mango dipped in cheese? Well. It's a weird . This greasy white stuff covers your baby's skin.) The vernix sheds as delivery approaches. You might also be wondering about tingling and numbness in your fingers and toes about now. though some babies still sport a bit of the coating at birth. protecting it from the surrounding amniotic fluid. but muscle fatigue or compressed blood vessels are the likeliest culprits) and tend to strike at night. Your Body in Week 19 of Pregnancy One minute you're lying peacefully in bed and the next your calf muscle feels like it's about to explode. she'd look totally wrinkled as she entered the world. Leg cramps during pregnancy are pretty common (no one knows exactly what causes them. that's what your baby looks like this week due to a little growth spurt (she's about a half pound in weight and six inches long) and a substance called vernix caseosa. (Without it. Learn more about your baby in week 19 and a baby’s protective coating.
some of them. Also. Those first tiny kicks can be felt many different ways — anytime. the more likely you are to feel movements earlier). can make constipation worse. Week 19 Pregnancy Symptoms Hearty appetite: Having a hard time staying away from the fridge (and cupboards and pantry)? Keep tempting junk foods out of the house. probably a result of your body's swelling tissues pressing on nerves. you haven't felt a thing. on average. and instead fill your kitchen with nutritious goodies — but do occasionally allow yourself to indulge in sinful treats so that you don’t end up bingeing on them. . an inaccurate due date can have you doubting whether that was your baby’s momentous first kick. the easier it is to feel those kicks — which is why second-timers generally feel them sooner). maybe not. take a look at your supplements and medications. Ask your practitioner to help you come up with some alternatives until your digestive system gets back on track. Or as gas bubbles that aren't gas at all (that's how I felt it that first time — and for days I was sure it was just all the dried fruit I'd been eating). between week 18 and week 22 — as the merest flutter or the most insistent slug. Learn more about your body in week 19 and leg cramps during pregnancy. Week 19 Pregnancy Tip: Feeling Baby Kick Your sister said she felt her baby kick by this point in her pregnancy — and so did your best friend — but so far. Some of it has to do with your size (the thinner you are. some has to do with the baby's position (when the baby kicks facing in. such as iron. Learn more about fetal movement during pregnancy. some of it has to do with your muscle tone (the laxer the uterine muscles. it's more difficult to perceive the movements). Constipation: If you can’t seem to get regular. Except those gas bubbles this morning…those were gas. Don't worry — there's no mistaking the real thing once your baby gets that technique down — and gets big enough to pack a serious punch.sensation but totally normal. weren't they? Maybe.
and blow gently out the other side. Avoid straining your back further by letting others lift heavy loads for you. While there is no proven cure. Backaches: As your uterus grows. not your back. so you’re not alone. putting extra pressure on your lower back. reducing blood flow to your brain and causing you to feel light-headed. Possible nasal congestion: Is the swelling in your nasal passages making it hard for you to breathe? Here’s how to blow your nose without damaging nasal membranes and causing a nosebleed: Use your thumb to close one nostril. Lower abdominal achiness: The ligaments that support your uterus are getting stretched as your uterus expands — which can cause lower abdominal achiness (or round ligament pain). If you absolutely must lift something. bend at the knees (not at the waist). Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible — and avoid changing positions suddenly because this can trigger pain. Even though dizziness is common. you may find your center of gravity shifting forward. don’t ignore it — take it easy and sit or lie down as soon as you start to feel woozy so that you don’t hurt yourself or the baby. Stretch marks: About 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy.Occasional faintness or dizziness: Your growing uterus may put pressure on your blood vessels (among other parts of your body). and slowly lift with your arms and legs. moisturizers such as cocoa butter can help ease the dryness and itching associated with stretched skin. Week 20 of Pregnancy Boy or girl? You can find out this week through a routine ultrasound! . stabilize yourself by assuming a wide stance.
his testicles have begun their descent from the abdomen to their ultimate destination — the scrotum. there's still plenty of growing room in there. which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!). gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there. scheduled for anytime between 18 and 22 weeks.Your Baby in Week 20 of Pregnancy Curious about whether that melon-sized belly contains a boy or a girl? Now's your chance to take a peek! Your second trimester ultrasound. are they going! If you're having a girl. Learn more about your baby in week 20 and finding out the baby’s gender. her uterus is now fully formed and her ovaries are holding about seven million primitive eggs. And. If you're having a boy. And while your baby is definitely getting bigger (weighing in at about ten ounces and measuring six and a half inches). Your Body in Week 20 of Pregnancy . wow.
hello four-course meals!). but it also ensures that baby's getting a steady supply of calories when he needs it the most. The grazing approach that was your mealtime MO during those queasy months is still the best way to feed yourself and your baby now that food's no longer a four-letter word. try chewing a piece of sugarless gum after meals. 20 more to go!). Week 20 Pregnancy Symptoms Heartburn or indigestion: If you’re looking for a simple heartburn fix. here's something you might want to consider. but feel free to tweeze! Learn more about your body in week 20 and hair and nail growth during pregnancy. But while the hair on your head may be lovelier than ever. You might also be noticing that your nails are stronger (though they could also turn dry and brittle) and your hair (all over your body) is thicker and fuller than usual — all thanks to pregnancy hormones and increased circulation. and lots of it — just bring it on a little at a time. The increased saliva it produces neutralizes gastric acids and helps force fluids back into the stomach.Now that you’re at the midpoint of your pregnancy (20 weeks down. which furnish extra nutrients to hair and nail cells. you may be more than ready to make up for lost eating time (move over crackers. studies show that moms who eat at least five or six small meals and snacks a day are more likely to carry to term. But before you dig into that all-you-can-eat buffet at lunchtime. that little cantaloupe (aka baby) you have in your belly is becoming more of a reality as you feel his movements and draw smiles from passersby who see your baby bump. Learn more about the pregnancy diet. So bring on the grub when pregnancy hunger hits. you might not be digging those sprouts on your chin. . Week 20 Pregnancy Tip: Appetite Are you in the Hunger Zone? With weeks of nausea and food aversions behind you. In fact. Not only does it help fend off pesky second-trimester tummy troubles (like the heartburn and indigestion that's sure to set in by your second trip to the buffet). This situation is indeed temporary.
. which could trigger a headache. While it can be uncomfortable. Week 21 of Pregnancy Your baby is grazing on whatever you are right now. If you don’t like the new look. Protruding navel: Your cute little innie belly button may suddenly morph into an outie as your uterus pushes your abdomen forward. don’t worry — your navel will go back to being an innie after delivery. Also.Increased vaginal discharge: As your pregnancy progresses. Occasional headaches: Do you find that your headaches crop up when you’re overheated. but one theory is that they are caused by compressed blood vessels in the legs (a consequence of extra weight and swelling). hot rooms can be the cause of lightheadedness (not just headaches). in windowless. Mom. or under fluorescent lighting? Be sure to take fresh-air breaks outside a few times a day. and dress in layers to avoid getting too hot. this discharge actually helps protect the birth canal from infection and maintains a healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina. stuffy spaces. Help the blood circulate throughout your body more easily — and minimize cramping — by putting your feet up when you can and drinking plenty of fluids. be sure to wear comfy (not tight!) shoes while you’re out. you’ll notice an increase in vaginal discharge. especially when your body is already generating lots of heat with that little bun you’re cooking in your oven. Occasional faintness or dizziness: Stuffy. but those stretch marks are yours alone. Stay cool by taking frequent breaks for fresh air and wearing loose-fitting clothes. avoid tight socks or pantyhose that can cut off blood flow — you want to keep fluids flowing freely to minimize swelling in your lower extremities. Leg cramps: Experts aren’t clear on what causes leg cramps during pregnancy. and switch into slippers when you get home. Mild swelling of ankles and feet: If water retention in your ankles and feet is causing you pain.
there's a good chance your baby will get a taste. hydration. Learn more about your baby in week 21 and a baby’s developing taste buds. These pink. too. if you eat one this week. and to practice digesting). or purple streaks appear when the supporting tissue under your skin gets torn as skin stretches (and stretches and stretches) during pregnancy. Your Body in Week 21 of Pregnancy You may start to notice some stretch marks as your body expands and your belly and breasts just keep on growing. so he eats whatever's on your menu — and gets to put those developing taste buds to good use. So go ahead and nosh on those nachos (or crunch those crudités): Your baby may develop a taste for them when he’s older. Not every woman gets them. red. That's because he swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition.Your Baby in Week 21 of Pregnancy How big is your baby? About the size of a large banana — and speaking of bananas. though you're a likely candidate if your mom had stretch marks during her pregnancy or if you've gained .
trail mix. that's not the beach ball you lost last summer — there's really a baby in there! Now that you're starting to look pregnant (and not just like you were spending too much time with the Ben & Jerry's) and those kicks can no longer be mistaken for gas. Enjoy these first gentle love taps — soon enough your growing baby’s kicks will get more aggressive. Learn more about staying sane during pregnancy. that is). Week 21 Pregnancy Symptoms Fetal movement: By now you may be able to feel your baby twisting. Drink . And with it. raisins. So go ahead and slather the cocoa butter — at least it’ll keep your skin from drying out. (Me a mom? There must be some mistake!) Most important. discuss your fears with your partner. And not only is it completely normal to feel anxious — it's especially healthy to acknowledge it. Learn more about your body in week 21 and stretch marks. Hearty appetite: Are you always in the mood to eat? Carry healthy snacks with you (such as nuts. even if it won’t keep those marks at bay. or granola bars) so that you’ll have nutritious fuel to keep you and your baby-to-be nourished even when you’re on the go. At some point in pregnancy (and usually once that pregnancy becomes a very visible reality) just about every expectant mother (and father!) begins to feel anxiety and fear as though she's on a runaway train — with enormous changes coming round the bend. the reality of pregnancy is probably beginning to sink in.weight rapidly. Don't worry — and hang on. a few ambivalent feelings you're even ambivalent about admitting. who's probably just as in need of a good heart-to-heart. Flatulence: The increasing pressure your uterus is placing on your rectum can mean that you’re having a hard time containing yourself (your gas. you may find. turning. Week 21 Pregnancy Tip: Anxiety No. and kicking in the womb (though many new expectant moms mistake the feeling for gas). Talk your feelings over with your friends who've had babies — they’ll reassure you that they experienced the same kind of anxiety.
hair. but the hormone relaxin is also causing your ligaments and joints to stretch and loosen. bleeding gums are turning your toothbrush pink. If you can. The sweet stuff increases bacteria in your mouth and further irritates your gums. Bleeding gums: If your inflamed. Do your best to keep your weight gain to a healthy minimum to avoid putting undue stress on your circulatory system. Week 22 of Pregnancy These days.plenty of water and eat fiber-rich foods to avoid becoming constipated. of course). Skin. splurge for a prenatal massage from a trained professional. especially when you can’t brush afterward. bringing extra nutrients to your hair and nails (and to your baby. avoid eating sticky candies. which means additional achiness in your back. and nail changes: Have you noticed that your hair and nails are growing at record speed? Pregnancy hormones are partly the cause — as is the increased circulation in your body. Backaches: Not only is your center of gravity shifting and putting extra strain on your back. which can make gassiness worse. Varicose veins: The extra blood volume and weight you’re carrying around can put pressure on your circulatory system and lead to the swollen blood vessels called varicose veins. the only things growing more rapidly than your baby's senses may be her mommy's feet .
about the size of a small doll. and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through your body. loosens every other ligament too — including the ones in your tootsies. and maybe even some hair on that little head) is a living one who can now perceive light and dark. the bones beneath those ligaments spread slightly. which loosens your pelvic ligaments when you're expecting. Learn more about your baby in week 22 and a baby’s hair growth. And as her brain and nerve endings develop. In turn. your gurgling stomach. She can also hear your voice. eyelashes. she may reach for her face (or whatever she can reach) just to experiment with her newfound sense of touch.Your Baby in Week 22 of Pregnancy This week. your baby weighs in at a whopping pound and measures nearly eight inches. your heartbeat. But your little doll (who now has eyebrows. Your Body in Week 22 of Pregnancy As if an ever-expanding belly wasn't enough — now your feet are getting in on the act! That's because the pregnancy hormone relaxin. .
turn the tables by giving their belly a rub to see how they like it (especially effective with middle-aged men sporting paunches). dodging their advances. Week 22 Pregnancy Tip By now you may have been the target of at least one well-wishing tummy-toucher — you know. which can help push gastric acids from your stomach up through your esophagus — resulting in the burning pain you may feel.which results. you're sharing your body on the inside — you don't need to share on the outside too. use your words ("I know it's tempting. at 22 weeks pregnant. but if you do mind. . and housing something even cuter — practically beg to be touched. the guy you buy your morning paper from. so cute. you may not mind being treated like an exhibit at a children's museum (and. if you're a touchy-feely person yourself. you need sensible shoes to help you balance that big belly and your changing center of gravity. Besides. back off — literally. co-workers. but I really would rather you didn't touch my belly"). Week 22 Pregnancy Symptoms Heartburn or indigestion: Your growing uterus is starting to take over your abdominal cavity. And who can blame them? After all. And three. Avoid aggravating heartburn by drinking before and after meals instead of with them (too much fluid mixed with too much food will distend the stomach and make heartburn worse). now's the time to bid them farewell — at least for a while. there are a couple of approaches you can take. those people (and they could be anyone — friends. Now. Two. pregnant bellies — so round. in a half or whole shoe-size increase. Remember. Constipation: That growing uterus is also putting pressure on your bowels. making it harder to move waste out of your system. a perfect stranger on the deli line) who just can't resist reaching out and rubbing your belly. Give things a jump start by exercising regularly. One. for many women. which encourages bowel movements. you may even welcome the public display of affection for your belly). So if you haven't already stashed away your stilettos. Learn more about your body in week 22 and swellingduring pregnancy.
use a panty liner). Stretch marks: Noticing stretch marks not just on your belly but also on your hips. thighs. Reduce the frequency of these painful spasms by taking your prenatal vitamin daily. Help keep your blood pumping through your circulatory system by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day (more if it’s hot or you’re working out). which will help prevent the odors that sometimes accompany this pregnancy symptom. but Mommy may notice something completely different when she glances at her own belly: the linea nigra. Leg cramps: Some experts theorize that leg cramps during pregnancy may be caused by a shortage of calcium or magnesium in the diet. Occasional faintness or dizziness: Your ever-expanding uterus can put pressure on your blood vessels. which can reduce blood flow to your brain and cause lightheadedness.Increased vaginal discharge: If you’re finding your vaginal discharge to be heavy these days. and breasts as well? Go ahead and rub moisturizer all over your body — it may not be a miracle cure. but it’s worth a shot and it will help ease dryness and itchiness. Protruding navel: Not loving your new outie belly button? After delivery it will revert back to an innie — but be prepared for the fact that you will probably be left with a slightly larger belly button. . remember to keep clean and dry (if you like. Week 23 of Pregnancy Baby is getting (a little) plumper.
That line has actually always been there. say hello to the linea nigra. But once those fat deposits settle in. Beginning this week. he'll become less transparent. Other (less than delightful) skin changes on your body in the . Right now. His saggy skin will start to fit his frame as fat deposits fill things out. Learn more about your baby in week 23 and fetal weight gain.Your Baby in Week 23 of Pregnancy Your little doll-sized babe is about to chub up a bit. but you probably never noticed it until pregnancy hormones caused hyperpigmentation (the same phenomenon that may have darkened your areolas and the area around your forehead and cheeks). your baby's organs and bones are visible through his skin. which has a red hue due to developing veins and arteries beneath. he'll start to pack on the pounds (which means you will too!) and by month's end he'll be double the weight he is now (though you won't be — whew!). Your Body in Week 23 of Pregnancy If you're suddenly sporting a dark line down the middle of your tummy.
complete with babbling brook). a serene mountain vista. bluish blotchy legs. Hey. working your way up from your toes to your face. and whole-wheat crackers. heat rash. Yoga's a fabulous de-stresser. anytime. if you have time to take a class (plus it can help you learn how to focus on breathing. wake up! Learn more about pregnancy and meditation. cut-up veggies. with labor contractions). Ten to 20 minutes should do the trick. . deeply. Breathe slowly. you just burned the last clean pot. you!) Now's a great time to learn some soothing relaxation techniques — not just because they can help you cope with pregnancy worries (and sooner than you think. Oh. Cherish these light kicks now before they get more pronounced (and painful) and before your little mover and shaker gets a foot caught in your ribs! Hearty appetite: It’s perfectly normal to find yourself wanting to devour the contents of your kitchen cabinets and fridge (you have a growing baby to feed!). to soothe your soul. But here's a technique you can use just about anywhere. Then. peaceful scene (a sunset over your favorite beach. something we just do automatically).sixth month may include red palms and soles. concentrate on relaxing every muscle. and don’t forget that itchy belly (keep slathering on those creams!). your spouse is working late. Week 23 Pregnancy Symptoms Fetal activity: You may be getting used to feeling your baby’s movements in the womb. Learn more about your body in week 23 and the linea nigra. Sit with your eyes closed and imagine a beautiful. and skin tags. but because they'll come in handy in your life as a new mom (for the times when the baby's on a crying marathon. Week 23 Pregnancy Tip: Relaxation Techniques Is your growing bundle of joy making you a quivering bundle of nerves? Breathe. nuts. though even a minute or two is better than nothing. baby! (Yeah. So try to stock your home with healthy snacks such as fruit. and your mother's on the phone… again). waves gently lapping the shore. only through your nose and choose a simple word (such as “yes” or “one”) to repeat aloud every time you exhale.
If you work at a computer all day. and visiting the dentist at least once while you’re expecting. appointments. Snoring: This fairly common (and annoying) pregnancy symptom can disrupt your sleepand your partner’s. so that the nutrients from the foods you eat have more time to enter your bloodstream and reach your baby. and where you parked the car? “Pregnancy brain” is likely caused by those pesky pregnancy hormones — and since it’s completely normal (and temporary).Bloating: If you can’t seem to shake that ate-too-much feeling. Bleeding gums: Reduce irritation to your gums (which are swelling more than usual these days due to hormones). Partly due to nasal congestion (caused by extra weight and swollen mucous membranes in your nose). you’re experiencing the effects of progesterone. Forgetfulness: Are you consistently forgetting your keys. by avoiding chewy sweets. brushing and flossing regularly. you can alleviate the nighttime nasal noises by wearing a nasal strip at bedtime and running a warm-mist humidifier in your bedroom. Help keep things moving through your system (and out of your already bulging belly) by drinking plenty of water. take frequent hand-stretching breaks and make sure your wrists are straight and your elbows aren't higher than your hands when you’re at your desk. Week 24 of Pregnancy Your baby's facial features are really filling out…and your belly button may be really popping out! . Tingling hands (carpal tunnel): Swelling during pregnancy can put pressure on nerves in the wrists and cause the aching and tingling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. The hormone causes the gastrointestinal tract to relax and slow down digestion. try to laugh it off and refrain from being too hard on yourself.
Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat. a blonde. Is your baby a brunette. Just . Also by now. bones. Almost every expectant mom's pregnant belly button pops at some point as her swelling uterus pushes on everything in its path. as well as from growing organs. or a redhead? Actually. Your Body in Week 24 of Pregnancy If your former innie is now an outie.our Baby in Week 24 of Pregnancy Your baby is about eight and a half inches long and weighs one and a half pounds. well. and hair. and muscle. gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. though your navel (and some other parts of your body) might look a bit. complete with eyelashes. from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Things should return to normal after delivery. Learn more about your body in week 24 and fetal hearing. that fabulous face is almost fully formed. right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet. stretched. welcome to the club. Those little ears of hers are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds. eyebrows.
You might even try going on a dishwashing strike while you're expecting (good luck with that plan!). to the soles of your feet (though you're less likely to notice that once your feet become more difficult to see). probably your uncomfortably numb wrists and fingers. progesterone!). you can blame your hormones (and throw darts at them. you'd heard that pregnancy comes with a variety of symptoms. Just tell your spouse it's doctor's (and Heidi's) orders! Learn more about pregnancy symptoms and solutions. if you like — take that. there are no sure solutions — besides delivery.) Learn more about your body in week 24 and carpal tunnel syndrome. Until then. (Don’t worry — the sensations will disappear when you give birth. taking long. most of them not very pleasant (actually. Along with virtually all the stranger symptoms you'll be experiencing as the months go by (such as the metallic taste in your mouth. As for getting the red out. increased saliva — am I drooling? — and vision changes. skin tags appearing out of nowhere. none of them very pleasant — unless you count fastgrowing hair. Week 24 Pregnancy Tip: Red. The red may spread. too. hot baths or showers. and breasts). or wearing too-warm or too-tight gloves or socks. Though this is a relatively normal symptom (especially this far into pregnancy) be sure to mention it to your doctor — there's a chance it could indicate a rare pregnancy complication called cholestasis. thanks to carpal tunnel syndrome.think of it as one more badge of honor that only moms get to wear. But maybe you didn't expect so many seemingly random symptoms — such as the red. Week 24 Pregnancy Symptoms Constipation: There is a good reason for pregnancy constipation — pregnancy hormones cause intestinal muscles to relax in order to keep food in your digestive system longer so you and your baby can absorb more nutrients. nails. But just because it's . itchy palms that have nothing to do with the amount of dishwashing you're doing. to name a few). What other pregnancy woe is pushing your buttons? Well. Itchy Palms Sure. bigger feet. avoid anything that makes the red redder — such as being overheated.
Backaches: Back pain is quite common during pregnancy. Occasional achiness in this area is normal. but if your discomfort is severe. where you were. This should pass shortly after delivery. so don’t go out and get any new eyeglass or contact-lens prescriptions while you’re expecting. see your practitioner. are severe.for a good cause. This can stop the spasm. Leg cramps: When leg cramps start to cramp your style. Drink lots of water and fruit and vegetable juices to get things moving faster through your system and to soften your stool. chills. making it easier to pass. that doesn’t make it pleasant. the ligaments that support your uterus continue to stretch — and may cause some pain. Lower abdominal achiness: As your uterus continues to expand. and are sometimes accompanied by nausea or vision changes. Let your practitioner know about your migraines and keep a journal recording what you ate. Simply do what you can to avoid letting body fluids (which increase during pregnancy) pool in your legs — so that means elevating your legs when you’re sitting. and what you were doing before you experienced a migraine so that you can pinpoint your migraine triggers — and start to avoid them. ask your practitioner to refer you to a specialist such as a physical therapist or acupuncturist. you may have migraines. Mild swelling of ankles and feet: Don’t be alarmed if the swelling in your feet has caused you to “grow” out of your favorite shoes. Vision changes: Are your contact lenses bothering you lately — or is your vision sometimes blurry? Pregnancy hormones can decrease tear production (causing eye irritation) and increase fluid buildup in the eye. but if the discomfort is accompanied by symptoms such as fever. temporarily altering your vision. try straightening your leg and gently flexing your ankle and toes up toward your shins several times. or bleeding. . Occasional headaches: If you find that your headaches last for days.
and his vocal chords are getting ready to roar. air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in his lungs. Under his skin.Week 25 of Pregnancy As baby prepares to take his first breath. getting them ready for that first breath. which have been plugged up until now. Your Baby in Week 25 of Pregnancy Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds. those lungs aren't ready for prime time just yet — but they are developing surfactant. a substance that will help them expand after birth. . And speaking of breathing. capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end. reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Mind you. are starting to open. pesky hemorrhoids may make you swear under yours. Learn more about your baby in week 25 and a baby’s lung development. your baby's tiny nostrils.
. you probably are getting tired of hearing that phrase!). Something as simple as brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly can reduce the risk of gingivitis — a common condition in which your gums become inflamed. and trying not to strain when you poop. Week 25 Pregnancy Tip: Dental Health Want to keep your baby safely inside you until term? Put your dental floss where your mouth is. With any luck. doing pelvicfloor exercises (Kegel exercises). they’ll go away after delivery (and yes. Week 25 Pregnancy Symptoms Heartburn or indigestion: Does it feel as if stomach acids are burning up your esophagus and setting fire to your chest? Always have some Tums or Rolaids nearby so you can cool your heartburn as soon as it strikes. research links good dental health and oral hygiene with longer pregnancies. Learn more about preventing premature labor. Untreated gingivitis (that's where the regular dental checkups come in) can progress to periodontitis — a more serious infection of the teeth — which has been linked to premature birth and even an increased risk of preeclampsia. Surprisingly. Learn more about your body in week 25 and hemorrhoids during pregnancy. especially hemorrhoids! More than half of all pregnant women experience swollen. itchy veins in the rectum due to that big old uterus pressing down — as well as to increased blood flow to the area.Your Body in Week 25 of Pregnancy Let's face it. hemorrhoids can be downright painful — so try your best to avoid them by eating right (and avoiding constipation. which aggravates those pesky piles). but true. red. and even begin to bleed. And while they're not dangerous to your body. Keep on top of your teeth. and that old (untrue) wives' tale — the one that claims that a woman loses a tooth with each pregnancy — can finally be put to rest. Sounds crazy — doesn't it? Crazy. some pregnancy ailments are a real pain in the butt.
Help keep blood circulating by avoiding clothes that are binding. Tingling hands (carpal tunnel): Increased blood volume during pregnancy can cause swelling that puts pressure on nerves in the wrists. you may also feel a tingling in your legs accompanied by an urge to move them. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD): If you’re feeling pain in the pelvic area. you may notice that your hair feels thicker and more lustrous than ever before. . Ask your practitioner to test you for iron-deficiency anemia since some experts think it’s linked to RLS. which will strengthen the muscles in that region. caused by relaxed and stretchy ligaments that normally keep your pelvic joint (the symphysis pubis) aligned. Skin. Enjoy it now — after delivery.Snoring: Snoring is quite common during pregnancy since increased blood flow to mucous membranes in your nose can cause congestion. you might wish yours would stay closed so you could get some sleep. resulting in varicose veins. and if pain is severe. Stay on top of your Kegel exercises and pelvic tilts. this could be a sign that you have sleep apnea (which can deprive you of oxygen) — so ask your practitioner about it. all the hair that didn’t fall out during pregnancy will shed. resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. or consider trying acupuncture to alleviate the pain and tingling. you may be experiencing SPD. ask your practitioner for a referral to a physical therapist. and nail changes: Because normal daily hair loss is suppressed by pregnancy hormones. Varicose veins: The extra blood volume you produce during pregnancy also puts pressure on your blood vessels and causes them to bulge. But if you find your snoring is seriously interfering with your sleep. Ask your practitioner about wearing wrist braces. hair. keep a food journal too — some women find that a sensitivity to certain foods makes symptoms worse. Restless legs syndrome (RLS): As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with tingling hands. Week 26 of Pregnancy Major excitement: Your baby opens her eyes! On the flip side.
Your Baby in Week 26 of Pregnancy What's up with your baby? She now weighs a full two pounds and measures nineplus inches. And this week, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. Of course, there's not much to see in there, but if your baby spots a bright light (or hears a loud noise) near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. (“Hey, I'm in here, Mommy! Where’s the party!”) What accounts for that response? Her brain is more developed and sophisticated. Learn more about your baby in week 26 and a baby’s eye development. Your Body in Week 26 of Pregnancy If a full night's rest has become elusive, welcome to the (sleepless) world ofpregnancy insomnia. Between heartburn and leg cramps, bathroom runs and that big beach ball (with its protruding navel!) beneath your nightie, it's no wonder your body's having trouble calming down and drifting off. But there are lots of tactics to try that should help keep you in bed (and asleep!) instead of pacing the floor; these
include daytime exercise, a daily dose of fresh air, and limiting fluids before you hit the hay. Learn more about your body in week 26 and yourprotruding belly button during pregnancy. Week 26 Pregnancy Tip: Baby's Movements in the Womb Feel like you're carrying the Karate Kid with all the kicking going on? Your baby is actually practicing all kinds of movements that will eventually be used in life on the outside — including pedaling against your belly, a sort of prewalking skill. As your baby's nervous system becomes more developed, the movements will become much more coordinated. And as the baby gets bigger and stronger, the movements will become much more powerful…and occasionally, even painful to you. If your baby lands a good one, that tiny left hook might hurt — a lot. Another trick she may try — stretching that leg out so far that the foot becomes lodged between your ribs (ouch). Next time you come under attack, try changing positions or doing some stretches of your own. You can also gently push your baby back with your hand when your kneejerker jerks a little too hard. You just might be able to send your slugger back into the corner of the ring! Learn more about fetal movement during pregnancy. Week 26 Pregnancy Symptoms Bloating: Your expanding uterus continues to put more and more pressure on your stomach and intestines, resulting in the bloating you probably feel. Minimize the problem by eating several small meals a day instead of three large ones so that you don’t overload your digestive system. Increased vaginal discharge: If you’re tempted to use special washes and wipes marketed to keep the vagina clean or odor-free, don’t bother. They can be irritating and change the pH in your genital tract. Instead, bathe frequently and wear panty liners (if you like) to stay clean and dry. Occasional headaches: Some women who have a history of migraines have them more often when they’re pregnant (some lucky ducks experience fewer of them), so
don’t be surprised if yours flare up more these days. Since strong migraine medications are probably off-limits for you now, consider holistic therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, meditation, and yoga (these techniques can also help reduce stress, which is a migraine trigger). Forgetfulness: Has “pregnancy brain” caused you to forget some crucial meetings or bits of information lately? While this decrease in memory is temporary and totally normal, try writing key things down in a trusty notepad or your PDA to help you stay organized for the rest of your pregnancy. Clumsiness: Your loosened joints, shifted center of gravity, and added weight are just a few of the factors that cause you to slip, trip, and fall more often than usual. This clumsiness is temporary, but for now, be extra careful in the tub, shower, and on other slippery surfaces. Lower abdominal achiness: If the “growing pains” caused by your expanding uterus (technically called round ligament pain) are feeling particularly achy lately, get off your feet when you can and get as comfortable as possible. Also, remember to shift positions slowly so as not to aggravate the pain. Vision changes: If your eyes are feeling irritated, that’s probably because pregnancy hormones decrease tear production, which leads to dry eyes. Use eye drops to ease the discomfort, and be sure to tell your practitioner if you develop serious vision problems since this could be a sign of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.
Week 27 of Pregnancy
Your baby moves on to a whole new growth chart this week, while your swollen feet and ankles may need a growth chart of their own!
That's because fluids build up in your body tissues thanks (or no thanks) to increased blood flow and uterine pressure on the vena cava (the large vein that cycles blood from your lower limbs to your heart). Your Body in Week 27 of Pregnancy Puffy? That's to be expected — about 75 percent of soon-to-be moms experience edema (mild swelling of the hands. Learn more about your baby in week 27 and a baby’s sense of taste and sound. coincidentally. .Your Baby in Week 27 of Pregnancy For a baby. coming in at just over two pounds. More big news: Your baby may recognize your voice by now. feet. and ankles) around this point in pregnancy. is the end of the second trimester)? Fifteen inches — more than a foot long — and triple (or even quadruple) what it was in week 12. So while you may have a hard time squeezing into shoes or getting your rings on (or off). it's time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard. keep in mind that the puff factor is completely normal and temporary. So what are your baby’s stats this week (which. His weight is creeping up the charts as well. so feel free to serenade your belly (start learning those lullabies!).
it may feel as if their legs take on a life of their own — tingling and jittery — especially when they lie down at night. As your baby grows bigger and bigger. causing them to swell. Possible nasal congestion: High levels of estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow to the mucous membranes in your nose. Add your sluggish digestive system to the equation (thanks to pregnancy hormones that relax intestinal muscles) and you may find that you’re particularly gassy. Occasional faintness or dizziness: If you thought your days of feeling light-headed were over after your first trimester. that bulging belly puts pressure on blood vessels. which may help. consider taping your protruding navel down with a Band-Aid. My advice: Wear your reconfigured belly button proudly. think again. Restless legs syndrome (RLS): For some expectant women. like a timer on a well-cooked turkey? Don't worry: There's nothing novel about navels that pop during pregnancy — just about every belly button does at some point. there's not much you can do (though this is a great opportunity to clean out all that lint). Week 27 Pregnancy Tip: Your New Navel Has your innie been outed? Is it poking straight through your clothes these days. Week 27 Pregnancy Symptoms Flatulence: Your growing uterus may be putting extra pressure on your rectum. two questions may now come to mind as you glance down at your bulging belly: One — what can you do now that your protruding navel has taken on a larger-than-life life of its own? And two — will your button ever be…cute as a button again? On the first. If you find that the outie look doesn't quite work with the fashion statement you're trying to make. so will your belly button. Keep blood circulating and pumping to your brain by drinking plenty of water each day. and consider yoga or other relaxation techniques. If your stuffy nose is making it hard for you to breathe at night — or making you snore — try wearing a nasal strip at bedtime to open up your nostrils. Try to eat six small meals a day (instead of three large ones) so you don’t overtax your digestive system. causing you to lose some control over the muscles in your rear. for some women. which reduces blood flow to the brain and causes dizziness. Learn more about a protruding navel. Talk to your practitioner about this (in some women RLS is linked to iron-deficiency anemia or a sensitivity to certain foods). Still. As far as what will happen postbaby? Your navel will revert inward after you give birth — though it might be a bit wider and looser than before. .Learn more about your body in week 27 and swelling and edema during pregnancy.
By week 31 of pregnancy he'll get signals from all five senses. and nail changes: Pregnancy hormones can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin — particularly if you have darker skin to begin with. perceiving light and dark. If this is causing you pain. Third Trimester of Pregnancy You and your belly may be two-thirds of the way there. remember to brush your tongue as well to minimize the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Mommy!). but your baby still has plenty of growing to do. It may feel as if there's no way your belly can get any bigger. Don’t worry. . He'll also be testdriving some nifty skills like blinking and dreaming and regulating his own body temperature. When you brush your teeth. tasting what you eat. ask your practitioner about wearing a pelvic support belt (available online).Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD): This weird pregnancy symptom develops when the hormone relaxin makes the ligaments in your pelvic joint too relaxed and stretchy. By week 32 of pregnancy. Your little one will get a whole lot larger too as he grows from about 2 1/2 pounds and 16 inches long (in week 28 of pregnancy) to between six and nine pounds and 19 to 22 inches long in week 40. hair. causing the pelvic joint to become unstable. He may grow an inch in week 33 alone. a dark line down the center of your tummy (linea nigra). but there's no doubt about it — your belly will get bigger over the course of the third trimester of pregnancy. so don't be surprised if his increase in size — paired with a decrease in living space — leads to some serious kicks and pokes in the gut for you. This can result in darker freckles or moles. Here's more on what to expect in the third trimester of pregnancy. Bleeding gums: Inflamed and irritated gums are quite common during pregnancy since ramped-up hormones may cause gums to swell and leave your mouth more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. his formerly see-through skin will become opaque. or patches of darkened skin on your face (called chloasma).. Alot bigger (surprise!). and listening to the sound of your voice (I hear you. Skin. most discolorations fade a few months after giving birth — just do your best to stay in the shade since sunlight can intensity hyperpigmentation. which stabilizes the ligaments and helps keep the pelvic joint in place.
settling into a heads-down. with fat continuing to accumulate (Look Mom. bottom-up position. though you may find yourself waddling as your little bundle drops even lower in your pelvis. You'll know the real thing when it happens. By week 36. the thinning and opening of your cervix) have begun. you've made it to the official end of your pregnancy. With that busy baby inside your belly. and group B strep during months seven and eight. and contractions that intensify. At checkups. you're probably feeling lots of fetal activity. your practitioner will perform an internal examination of your cervix to see if effacement and dilation (respectively. you've got about a sixpounder in there. Week 40 of pregnancy: Congrats! Even though you may not have delivered. You may also be experiencing (totally normal) abdominal achiness and maybe even a few Braxton Hicks contractions as you get closer to the end of the third trimester. In month nine. There may be somevaricose veins and stretch marks (badges of courage!). A baby's noggin turns southward too. I'm gaining too!). but hang in there. signaled by the bloody show. Getting excited? You should be — it won't be long now until you meet your baby! Week 28 of Pregnancy Your baby has started blinking and dreaming while you may be dreaming that the pain in your derriere will disappear! .During week 34 of pregnancy a baby boy's testicles start their downward journey from abdomen to scrotum (bon voyage!). expect tests for glucose levels. the more you move around. your water breaking. rather than diminish. but try to keep your eye on the prize: your beautiful baby whom you'll meet in just a month or so! Chances are you're having some crazy dreams and some clumsy moments. your breasts may leak (your milk machine's warming up) and you may experience false labor symptoms . along with a temporary lack of bladder control (you sneeze = you pee!). All's pretty quiet through week 39. Two weeks to go in week 38 as your baby sheds his vernix (the waxy substance that protects his skin from your amniotic fluid) and lanugo (the hairy coat that keeps him warm in there). As D-day approaches. Not to worry. anemia. Latecomers (at least 50 percent of all babies) may not be ready for their big debut until week 41 or even week 42.
Your little work in progress is now about 2. This common condition (calledsciatica) can cause sharp. He's busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing. which runs through the lower part of your back. The best thing to do for sciatica (and the rest of your week 28 . and taking practice breaths. buttocks. Learn more about your baby this week and fetal brain activity.Your Baby in Week 28 of Pregnancy Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth. starting in your rear end and radiating down the backs of your legs. with his head facing downward (toward your body's nearest exit!). Your baby's sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase — and that means he could be dreaming already (what do you suppose he's dreaming about?). Your Body in Week 28 of Pregnancy While it's good news that your baby is settling into the right position for childbirth (since you're now entering the third trimester). shooting pain and/or tingling or numbness.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. hiccuping. sucking. and legs. the potentially painful news is his head — plus the weight of your uterus — may now be sitting on your sciatic nerve.
Week 28 Pregnancy Tip: Choosing a Childbirth Class Okay. but sign up early so you can finish several weeks before your due date. If only you could say the same for your varicose veins…. Learn more about your body this week and sciatica during pregnancy. CPR. which can double as a couple's getaway.aches and woes)? Take it easy — and hope your baby changes position sooner rather than later. Whichever class you choose. . Week 29 of Pregnancy Your baby's packing on the pounds. but school (or at least a childbirth ed class) is in session — so start taking notes. and breastfeeding (it should). classes for moms who are attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Have special needs? There are classes for second-timers who need to brush up on their techniques. and classes designed for those expecting multiples. And here's a bonus: Your insurance company may cover your tuition. so be sure to submit your bill. Ask whether your course includes lessons on infant care. students: Your due date is still months away. make sure your instructor is certified by a national childbirth education organization. You can choose a class at the hospital or with a local instructor. There are even intensive classes taught over a weekend at resorts. You'll graduate from one of these classes with all the skills (and know-how) you and your labor coach need to get through delivery — with honors. which look so cute on her.
keeping your blood flowing. Though she's getting pretty close to her birth length. varicose veins are simply swollen blood vessels that often surface on your body for the first time during pregnancy. Learn more about your body in week 29 and varicose veins during pregnancy. including watching your weight. usually from the ankle to the upper thigh. she'll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. and avoiding heavy lifting. . especially if your mom or grandma had them. Learn more about your baby in week 29 and baby fat. You may have a mild case (minor achiness and swelling) or you may be unlucky enough to experience real pain and bulging blue veins. There are things you can do to alleviate this veiny situation. you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee. she still has to chub out a bit.Your Baby in Week 29 of Pregnancy How big is your baby this week? She weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. And as she grows and the room in your womb gets tighter. Your Body in Week 29 of Pregnancy Unsightly yet harmless. In fact. over the next 11 weeks.
avoid eating too much and chowing down too close to bedtime. drinking lots of fluids so your stool isn't hard. Itchy abdomen: Your stretched-out belly can cause your skin to become dry and itchy. sit. of course. you should be counting them every day. Try not to take this temporary pregnancy symptom to heart — stressing about it will only cloud your pregnancy brain even more. Apply moisturizer regularly and consider soaking in a warm oatmeal bath to ease the itch. Just remember that fewer than ten movements within two hours warrants a call to your practitioner. once in the morning and once at night. Trim them regularly. dark room with a cold compress on your neck or forehead. have a light snack and try again — that blood-sugar rush is likely to get baby on the move again. Best to do your counting lying down (since babies are more likely to kick up when Mom's lying down — a pattern they tend to continue after they're born). Week 29 Pregnancy Symptoms Constipation: Pregnancy hormones cause your muscles (including those in your bowel) to relax. One way to get on track is to eat yogurt with the probiotic acidophilus (look for yogurt brands that contain “live active cultures”) since these beneficial bacteria can aid in digestion and help get things moving. Also. Count any and all movements (even swishes and rolls) until you hit ten. but it's always better to be safe than sorry. pregnancy hormones may also cause them to become dry and brittle. To make sure that you do — and to make sure that everything's AOK in your belly — make a habit of counting your baby's kicks twice a day. Occasional headaches: When a headache (even a migraine) hits. If you haven't reached ten within an hour (your little Rockette may just be on her break right now). . Forgetfulness: No wonder your brain feels especially foggy these days — hormones are wreaking havoc on your memory and your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester. Chances are everything's fine. avoid coffee or chocolate in the evening since these energizers will make it harder for you to get to sleep. and nail changes: Even though your nails may be growing faster than ever. Skin. Difficulty sleeping: If heartburn is keeping you up at night. Hemorrhoids: If the veins in your rectum have begun to bulge and pop out (as a result of increased pressure and blood flow to the pelvic area). which can cause your system to get backed up. Learn more about fetal movement during pregnancy. reduce discomfort and irritation by using gentle wipes or warm water on soft toilet paper after bowel movements and. If you can't lie down.Week 29 Pregnancy Tip: Counting Baby's Kicks Have you counted your baby's kicks today? Once you've passed week 28. hair. alleviate pain by lying down in a quiet.
weighing in at over three pounds now (he’ll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks). which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles.Week 30 of Pregnancy Your baby's brain is getting smarter by the minute. the only thing that smarts right now may be heartburn pain. Learn more about your baby in week 30 and fetal brain development. . Your Baby in Week 30 of Pregnancy Your belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day. the downy body hair that's been keeping him warm up until now. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat. Also growing daily is his brain. he'll start shedding lanugo. but for Mom.
. you should talk to your practitioner about it now so all the necessary prep work can be done. Whichever you choose (and it's okay if you choose not to at all). a definition: Cord blood is what remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. Heartburn is one of the most common (and annoying) pregnancy ailments and here's why: The same pregnancy hormones that cause your body's pelvic muscles to relax so you can deliver your baby also relax the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. such as cancers. You can also expect more activity after you’ve had a snack or meal and (sadly!) when you’re lying down. now exerting pressure on your stomach. This safe and painless procedure is performed just after the baby is born (all it takes is about five minutes). So why is this blood so important? Because cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to treat certain diseases. The upshot? Food and digestive juices can head upstream from your tummy into your chest and throat — hence. Learn more about your body in week 30 and heartburn during pregnancy. Week 30 Pregnancy Symptoms Stronger fetal activity: You can expect to feel your baby moving every day — sometimes with a punch or a kick (your itty-bitty boxer is getting stronger!). Your expanding uterus. the infernal inferno. and should you consider banking or donating your baby's? First. either for donation to a public facility so the cells can be used by others in need. More and more parents are saving their baby's cord blood. or for private storage so it's available should the need arise within their own family.Your Body in Week 30 of Pregnancy These days you may feel as if you've got a flamethrower in your chest. only fuels the fire. other times with a wiggle or a stretch. Learn more about cord blood banking. Week 30 Pregnancy Tip: Cord Blood Banking The big day is coming. so here's a big question: What is cord blood.
your gums could be swollen. (Creams will soothe your itchy belly. and insomnia may be leaving you pooped during the day. so don’t blow the bucks on expensive creams that promise to make them disappear. as are probiotics (you can find them in yogurts). but mention it to your practitioner (especially if you do faint). Constipation: Even if you managed to conquer constipation earlier in your pregnancy. Stretch marks: As your skin stretches to accommodate your growing belly and body. you (and 90 percent of the pregnant set) are probably starting to see the pink or red streaks known as stretch marks. which can weaken muscle control and lead to uncontrollable passing of gas.) Mild swelling of ankles and feet: About 75 percent of pregnant women suffer from puffy ankles and feet. take extra-good care of your teeth and gums right now: Brush and floss twice a day. Your growing baby is putting more demands on your body. Occasional faintness or dizziness: It’s a common pregnancy symptom. especially doing something strenuous. Bleeding gums: Thanks to pregnancy hormones. Eat smaller (and more frequent) meals to avoid overloading your digestive system. (You deserve it!) Fatigue: Your second trimester get-up-and-go may have upped and left now.Flatulence: As your uterus expands it puts pressure on your rectum. though. There’s no miracle cure for stretch marks. Now’s the time to ask for help (a skill that will come in handy after childbirth). Bloating: Your expanding uterus (that third-trimester culprit) is pressing into the stomach and intestines. you can relieve your swollen tootsies by taking breaks and putting your feet up. Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (which aggravates the condition). Although bleeding gums are common (and will probably go away after delivery). making that bloated feeling worse this week (and for the next several weeks). . You can stop a dizzy spell by lying down and elevating your feet as soon as you feel light-headed. Besides wearing comfy shoes. inflamed. and even bleeding. Remember that fluids and fiber are your friends. which is putting pressure on your bowels). you may have to contend with a return to more-sluggish bowels (thank your ever-expanding uterus.
Week 31 of Pregnancy As your baby's senses increase. your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Your Body in Week 31 of Pregnancy Chances are your diaphragm is feeling a little cramped these days. That's because your uterus is pushing up against it (and all the other organs in there). He's now processing information. which is why you're probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he’s pretty still). He's also putting in longer stretches of sleep. a lot cramped. Okay. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby's brain connections (he's got to make trillions of them!). Learn more about your baby in week 31 and fetal activity in the womb. his mommy's breathing room decreases. tracking light. our Baby in Week 31 of Pregnancy Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long. crowding your . and perceiving signals from all five senses.
Possible nasal congestion: As if a swollen belly. but check in with your practitioner for other recommendations). or make sure to get in some other form of low-key. Both responses are completely normal and in no way indicate that your baby is aware of the goings-on…just that he is having fun going along for the ride. try spending a few minutes in a dark. Take a walk (or even better. then when you’re done. perhaps) while others become frisky themselves (hey. Cut down on the bathroom trips by double voiding: Pee. And for as long as you can (which. feet. Varicose veins: Your growing uterus is also putting pressure on your blood vessels. several) during the day. giving it less room to store urine. Week 31 Pregnancy Tip: How a Baby Responds to Sex Parental lovemaking and orgasm can have an interesting effect on babies in the womb. But don’t worry: Your baby is as happy as a clam because he’s getting his oxygen from the placenta.lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. Learn more about your body in week 31 and shortness of breath during pregnancy. with your practitioner's approval and a few advanced Twister-type moves. and fingers weren’t enough. Week 31 Pregnancy Symptoms More frequent urination: Your uterus puts more pressure on your bladder in the third trimester. So keep on enjoying your sex life — and your orgasms — as much as you like. Some babies are very quiet after their parents have sex (rocked to sleep by the rhythmic movement. pee again. (Antihistamines and nasal sprays are usually off-limits. close your eyes and put your feet up for 15 minutes. now you may be contending with swollen nasal passages. If you’re at work. circulation-boosting exercise. but until then saline sprays or nasal strips can help clear up the stuffiness. You’ll get relief when you deliver. . quiet room. where's the party?). That’ll make sure you’ve emptied your bladder completely. pretty soon making love with a baby in the house won't be quite so easy or convenient. Learn more about sex and love during pregnancy. Occasional headaches: If tension is twisting your head up in knots. can be right up until delivery day). After all. making for one stuffy feeling. as you may have noticed. which along with pregnancy hormones and increased blood volume creates the perfect set-up for varicose veins. The result: Your body is spare on air and will be until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth.
Lower abdominal achiness: Blame that growing belly of yours again for those growing pains around your middle. . If tension keeps you tossing and turning all night. such as leg cramps. The best thing to do? Yep. talk it out with friends (or other WTE members) or your partner during the day. Forgetfulness: Welcome to mommy (to-be) brain — a condition that’s a result of shrinking brain-cell volume in the third trimester (don’t worry — your brain cells go back to normal a few months after delivery). you know the drill: Get off your feet for a while. while your uterus is practicing some Braxton Hicks contractions. Increasing clumsiness: Your shifting posture (not to mention your increasing girth) and lack of concentration (see below) may make you clumsier these days. heartburn. If you haven’t already. Difficulty sleeping: This is another common third-trimester woe. now is the time to incorporate some prenatal yoga into your exercise routine — the stretches will relax your back (and your mind!). and plain old anxiety (with a dash of pregnancy hormones). Don’t stress out about your foggy memory (stress just makes it worse). Week 32 of Pregnancy Your baby is practicing survival skills like sucking and breathing. Take it easy when you’re climbing into the shower or tub and roll up any area rugs that could trip you up at home. Write things down (or program them into your smart phone) and delegate responsibility (if possible). caused by a constellation of other conditions. Backaches: That burgeoning belly can also do a number on your back as it curves to accommodate the load. frequent urination.
it's all about practice. practice. tipping the scales at almost four pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. Learn more about your baby in week 32 and a baby's position in the womb. lasting from 15 to 30 seconds (though they can sometimes last two minutes or more). These rehearsals (typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who've been pregnant before) feel like a tightening sensation that begins at the top of your uterus and then spreads downward. those are practice contractions. And speaking of sucking. In these past few weeks. otherwise known as Braxton Hicks. your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its muscles — literally. practice as she hones the skills she'll need to thrive outside the womb — from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. she's becoming less transparent and more opaque. Your Body in Week 32 of Pregnancy This week. If you feel your uterus bunching or hardening periodically. your little one has been able to suck her thumb for a while now. How do you know these contractions .Your Baby in Week 32 of Pregnancy What's up with your baby? She's starting to get ready for her big debut. Something else to note: As more and more fat accumulates under your baby's skin.
aren’t the real thing? They’ll stop if you change position (try getting up if you’re lying down or walking if you’ve been sitting). Learn more about your body in week 32 and Braxton Hicks contractions. Week 32 Pregnancy Tip: Ultrasound Photos Ultrasound is a tried-and-true prenatal tool (and a window into the wonderful world of your womb), but lately this procedure has taken a giant leap from the confines of a doctor's office to a storefront at the mall. Is it safe to take a peek inside your tummy on the way to Sears? While the FDA has yet to establish rules on these prenatal photography studios, they do warn against having ultrasounds for fun (as opposed to for medical reasons), since such threedimensional imaging machines use much higher power than the typical ultrasound machines at your doctor's office. And many medical professionals fear that nervous moms-to-be will come away mistakenly convinced there's something wrong with their babies, or, worse, that the untrained wand wavers will miss real problems that would be detected by a pro. If you do choose elective sonograms, do so wisely (and after you check with your practitioner for the goahead). While there's nothing more precious than seeing your baby in three dimensions (except, of course, seeing your baby for real once it's born), limit your visits to one or two, each no more than 15 minutes in length. And bring your wallet! Some studios charge up to $300 for a photo, CD-ROM, and a video of the fetus. Learn more about ultrasounds. Week 32 Pregnancy Symptoms Flatulence: To minimize that gassy feeling, aim for eating six small meals a day (versus three large ones) so that you don’t strain your digestive system (which is being taxed enough by your growing belly bearing down on it). Bloating: Your slower metabolism (which has slowed down to give the food you eat more time to enter the bloodstream and nourish your baby) can cause bloating. Stick to your pregnancy diet and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (see below), which aggravates bloating. Constipation: Your growing uterus is cramping your bowels, making them sluggish and irregular. Get some regular exercise (anything helps, from brisk walks to prenatal yoga), and drink up! Occasional faintness or dizziness: Feeling faint or light-headed can be a result of any number of things, including low blood sugar. Don’t forget to carry a protein-and-carb-rich
snack in your bag to munch on when you feel dizzy. Granola bars, trail mix, or soy chips are a great choice, and may keep light-headedness at bay. Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids, which are actually varicose veins in the rectum, can be a pain in the rear (literally!), especially if you spend a lot of time sitting. Ice packs or witch hazel can soothe, as can warm baths. Leg cramps: Just as you’re ready to drift off to dreamland you may feel a painful spasm in your calves — though no one is quite sure what causes the pain (or why it’s worse at night). One theory: a lack of calcium and magnesium in your diet. Ask your practitioner if taking an extra calcium supplement is a good idea, and be certain you’re devouring your dose of daily dairy (bring on the cheese and yogurt!). Itchy abdomen: That swelling belly is getting itchier and itchier, as the skin stretches and dries out. If slathering on creams and moisturizers doesn’t help, try calamine or some other type of anti-itch lotion that soothe more-stubborn cases. Or add oatmeal to your bath and have a soak in warm (not hot) water. Enlarged breasts and colostrum: As your breasts get bigger in the third trimester, they may also leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk. This liquid, packed with protein and antibodies, is the first milk your baby will get. If the leaks are getting uncomfortable, try wearing nursing pads.
Week 33 of Pregnancy
Your baby's immune system gets a boost, while her sleepless mommy could use a boost of energy.
Your Baby in Week 33 of Pregnancy Your baby is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week), and she could grow up to another full inch this week. With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out, which explains why some of her pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days. (There's less fluid to cushion the blows.) Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as she continues to develop her own fetal immune system, which will come in handy once she's outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs. Learn more about your baby in week 33 and the fetal immune system. Your Body in Week 33 of Pregnancy With midnight bathroom runs, leg cramps, heartburn, and your basketball-sized belly, it's no wonder sleep is elusive. Third-trimester insomnia strikes about threequarters of pregnant women (who may also be coping with a mind that races all night long thinking about your to-do-before-the-baby-comes list). But your body
and look on the bright side: Pregnancy insomnia is great training for those sleepless nights to come! Learn more about your body in week 33 and insomnia during pregnancy. so do your best to get comfy — before bed and when you get in it.needs rest. So if you eat your wild salmon. Week 33 Pregnancy Tip: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Studies suggest that infants born to mothers whose diets contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) have an edge in terms of early development. If by the end of the hour you haven’t felt at least ten. Grab a pile of pillows. which is critical to brain and vision development. But haven't you heard that fish is unsafe for pregnant women? Actually. the FDA says you can eat up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury.) DHA may also help prevent preterm labor and protect against postpartum depression. Steer clear of swordfish. red snapper. Week 33 Pregnancy Symptoms Stronger fetal activity: You can test for fetal movement twice a day — in the morning and evening. which are more likely to contain toxins. tilapia. (Your baby just may have needed an energy-boost. Check the clock and start counting every wiggle. Learn more about eating well during pregnancy. available in most supermarkets. organic farmed next best). and catfish. too!) Occasional headaches: Third-trimester fatigue can sometimes trigger headaches now. have a snack or some juice. or flutter until you reach ten. maybe not. kick. wedge them where you need to. . But fish is a great source of DHA. too. and resume counting. and fresh tuna. lie down. roll. pollack. But try not to make up for loss of sleep by napping too much during the weekends — oversleeping can lead to headaches. Hate fish? Other DHA sources include algaederived supplements (check your health-food store — and with your practitioner) and DHA eggs. shark. will your kid go to Harvard? Maybe. such as shrimp. salmon (wild is best. so make sure you’re getting plenty of rest. (Almost all of a baby's accumulation of DHA occurs during the last trimester.
Shortness of breath: That burgeoning belly is pushing anything out of its way — including your lungs. What helps? Standing as straight as you can so that your lungs have a little more room. How do you know they’re not the real thing? Even at their most intense. nuts. Getting off your feet (and getting comfy) helps. changing your position (from sitting to lying down. chills. Strange but true: Women pregnant with girls tend to be more forgetful than those moms-tobe who are carrying boys. or bleeding along with it. you could be suffering from round ligament pain (or growing pains). avocados. Braxton Hicks contractions: These practice contractions are most often felt by moms who’ve already gone through a pregnancy. which can’t fully expand. As long as it’s occasional and you don’t have fever. Protruding navel: Your belly button may have popped by. Forgetfulness: That foggy brain could be caused by your baby’s gender. Nail changes: Pregnancy hormones can make nails grow faster but can also cause them to become brittle. you can relax. from lying down to walking around) will usually make them disappear. they’ll disappear soon after you give birth. try getting lots of biotin in your diet (stock up on bananas. there’s nothing to worry about. which are safe in pregnancy. What to do about it? Slow down and take it easy — rushing will only make you clumsier. Is there anything you can do about it? Not really — but it will pop back in a few months after you deliver. Lower abdominal achiness: If your belly is aching when you change positions or get up suddenly. and whole grains) and try gelatin capsules. but if you’re worried that your varicose veins can be harmful too. . who is getting the oxygen she needs from the placenta. It’s more uncomfortable for you than it is for your baby.Varicose veins: Sure they’re ugly (and sometimes painful). If your nails are brittle. The good news? If you didn’t have them before you got pregnant. Increasing clumsiness: A bigger belly means a shift in your center of gravity and that can spell clumsiness.
Your Baby in Week 34 of Pregnancy What's new this week? Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now. but Mom should also look out below — and above — as her vision becomes less sharp. a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure. it's nothing to worry about — they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old.Week 34 of Pregnancy A boy baby's testicles descend this week (whoopee!). This week. While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles. In other baby-related developments. Your Body in Week 34 of Pregnancy . Learn more about your baby in week 34 and baby gender differences. and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker.
your child's. Anxiety just makes those gassy feelings worse — you tend to swallow more air when you’re stressed — so try this tension tamer: Breathe deeply through your nose and out through your mouth for a minute or two each day. Relay how you chose your baby's name (you have chosen it by now. Week 34 Pregnancy Tip: Recording Memories for Your Baby You've got so many hopes and dreams about your baby. and writing down what you see in your mind's eye. Start by visualizing your baby. . making some women more nearsighted or farsighted than usual. tossing a football on the front lawn. haven't you?) or the colors for the nursery. (A movie star? A scientist? The president — dream big!) Open up your heart. you may be getting gassier. Your letter to your baby is certain to become one of your mosttreasured possessions — and eventually. when you found out your baby's sex (if you have). and each one is worth remembering and sharing. Not only can your vision seem less sharp these days. Share your reaction when you first found out you were pregnant. an increase in fluid behind your eyes’ lenses can temporarily change their shape. especially if you wear contact lenses. but also a decrease in tear production can leave your eyes dry and irritated. Feel a little funny writing to the boarder of your belly — whom you've never met? Don't — just speak from the heart. Recount the foods you craved (the cheese. Learn more about your body in week 34 and changes in your vision during pregnancy.You're not seeing things — at least not as well as usual. Week 34 Pregnancy Symptoms Flatulence: As your third trimester progresses. Imagine what your future will be like together (do you see yourself pushing a swing in the park. grape jelly. and pickle sandwiches) and the lengths you went to satisfy those cravings (driving six miles out of the way to the one deli that would make it). Happily. put the contents on paper — and seal it with a kiss. Learn more at staying sane during pregnancy. (Gorgeous? Of course! Brilliant? No doubt!) Talk about what this pregnancy means to you and how it's changing your body and your world. when you felt those first kicks. That's because your eyes are yet another part of your body that falls prey to those pesky pregnancy hormones. baking muffins in the kitchen?) and what your baby's future might be like. Things should clear up as your eyes return to normal after delivery (so there's no need to change your prescription just yet). Plus. these vision changes during pregnancy are all temporary. Record them (before you forget) by writing a letter — or a series of letters — to your baby.
. Leg cramps: Leg cramps are most common around now. you may experience swelling in your ankles. But no matter what your skin or hair color. feet. you could see an increase in vaginal discharge. so if one doesn’t work. when the three main culprits — pregnancy weight. Slipping into comfy slippers at the end of the workday can help soothe your swollen tootsies. or walk. fruits and veggies. but since skin is extra-sensitive now. chin. Difficulty sleeping: If you’re not worrying about your impending D-day. Try lulling yourself to sleep with a warm bath and a cup of warm milk and read a book or listen to music instead of surfing the net or watching TV (those activities can keep you up). Sitting too long can make your back hurt even more. your lungs won’t be able to expand as fully. try standing on a cold surface (that can sometimes stop one). If you feel a spasm. Mild swelling of ankles and feet: As you get bigger and your body tissues accumulate and retain fluids. even after a trip to the bathroom. ask for a formula for sensitive skin. stand. and back. Backaches: Your shifting center of gravity from back to belly puts more pressure and (ouch!) pain on your lower back. Stretch marks: If you’re fair-haired and have a genetic predisposition toward stretch marks. Hemorrhoids: Constipation’s almost constant sidekick? Hemorrhoids. Waxing is safe during pregnancy. but you probably didn’t expect it to grow in places you weren’t expecting — like your cheeks. These pesky piles can be kept to a minimum by doing Kegels. so you may feel winded. There are many solutions to cure your aching back. and fatigue — are at their peak. and whole grains. you’re more likely to get them than someone who’s darker-haired (or skinned). another most certainly will. then leg cramps and trips to bathroom are banishing any chance of shut-eye. you can try to keep these classic marks of maternity to a minimum by keeping your weight gain slow and steady. One to try: Take a break and stretch. One thing you don’t want to do — take laxatives (even herbal ones). Wearing undies with a cotton crotch can keep you drier (and that can curb odors). and just take it easy. Hair changes: You knew your hair would grow faster and more lustrous while you were pregnant.Constipation: Need to rev up those slow-moving bowels? Rough up your diet with some dried fruits. Sleeping propped on your left side can help at night. which can improve circulation to the area. Blame pregnancy hormones (especially estrogen) for this symptom — they increase blood flow to the pelvic area and stimulate the mucous membranes (making your juices flow). swelling. Get your practitioner on board before taking any medicine for constipation. Shortness of breath: As your pregnant belly gets bigger. and fingers. Increased vaginal discharge: As your pregnancy progresses.
Leaking colostrum: As your due date approaches and the third trimester wears on. still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal. Learn more about your baby in week 35 and fetal weight gain. she will continue to pack on the pounds — including large amounts of baby fat — right up 'til delivery day. . While she won't get much longer.5 pounds). your breasts may leak colostrum — yellowish pre-milk that will be your baby’s first drink. Week 35 of Pregnancy A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder. Your Baby in Week 35 of Pregnancy Your baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues her steady weight gain (she’s about 5. try nursing pads. by the way. Something else that's moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There’s a lot going on inside that tiny head. which is. You won’t be leaking more than a few drops. but if you feel uncomfortable.
(Go to week 42 to read more about postpartum doulas. as well as the best positions to bring relief for all that pain. check the Resource Directory. Also ask your practitioner which pain reliever is safe (in moderation) during pregnancy.) A birth doula knows all about breathing and relaxation techniques for labor. Most doctors will okay acetaminophen. chances are your bladder is feeling the squeeze. consult an agency. Week 35 Pregnancy Symptoms Heartburn or indigestion: Is your heartburn getting worse this week? That’s because your growing baby is taking over your abdominal real estate and pushing your stomach up. including being overheated or stuck in a stuffy room.Your Body in Week 35 of Pregnancy Now that your baby is head-down in preparation for delivery. Week 35 Pregnancy Tip: Finding a Doula What's a doula? The literal translation is "woman's servant" (and that's just what you need — isn't it? Along with a chef…and a massage therapist…and a chauffeur…). a companion who's professionally trained to provide support — and a hand to hold — during labor. First. causing you to leak a little every time you sneeze (or cough or laugh) or making you feel like you have an urgent need to pee all the time. Occasional headaches: If your head is pounding it could be for a number of reasons. Take a break and go out for some air or open the window. Learn more about your body in week 35 and frequent urination during pregnancy. or ask other moms for recommendations. To find a doula. don’t cut back on fluids! One way to improve your body's holding power instead: Do lots and lots of those pelvic-floor exercises called Kegels. But back to reality — and to your pregnancy — a doula can do double duty when you need her the most. But her most-important role may be the emotional comfort she provides during a potentially frightening time. as long as you don’t overdo. Avoid eating while you’re reclining — or lying down after a big meal (no matter how tempted you are to get off your feet). Whatever you do. The other is a postpartum one. and that might be just what the doctor — or midwife — ordered. there's the birth doula. Learn more about what to ask a doula before you hire one. They can help strengthen your pelvic muscles (important now and postpartum). Some laboring women actually find they need less pain medication — or none at all — when a doula is present (though a good birth doula will explore all pain-relief options with you and help you choose what's right for your situation). .
Braxton Hicks contractions: You may be experiencing some contractions as your body gets ready for the real thing during labor. To soothe the itch. it can help by giving the veins in your legs a little extra upward push to counteract the downward push your belly is giving them. To boost gum strength. either.Varicose veins: Have the varicose veins in your legs begun to ache (or itch)? Though support hose probably isn’t the hot-mama look you were trying to cultivate. sprinkle berries on your oatmeal or cereal. ask your partner instead of climbing on a chair to get it. switch to wipes. which stands for “pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. Haven’t felt one yet? First-time moms-to-be may not notice the flexing of their uterine muscles (which feels like your abdomen is tightening). you could have PUPPP. Increasing clumsiness: Balancing your body gets harder this week as you waddle toward the finish line (just a few more weeks to go!). wipe yourself with warm water and toilet paper. To soothe them. Continue to play it safe — if you need to reach for something on a high shelf. but they’re annoying. . Your brain-cell volume really is shrinking and your bouts of sleeplessness don’t help. and toss tomatoes in your salad. If toilet paper is too harsh. Week 36 of Pregnancy Your baby's bones may be ready to rock and roll. Expect the fog to lift a few months after your baby is born. bumpy rash on your belly. try applying aloe-vera gel after a shower or bath. get plenty of vitamin C. Bleeding gums: Your gums may still be bleeding or tender now. Skin changes: If you’ve suddenly got an itchy. Hemorrhoids: Varicose veins can pop up anywhere — and those that appear in your rectum are called hemorrhoids. Drink an extra glass of OJ. but yours may be aching something awful right now. Forgetfulness: You’re probably getting more absentminded as you count down the weeks.” The rashes are benign and cause no risk to your baby or to you.
you're doing the full-term pregnancy waddle. those loose joints can lead to some pretty serious hip andpelvic pain — but hang in there! Learn more about your body in week 36 and the pregnancy walk or waddle. Learn more about your baby in week 36 and fetal development. Your Body in Week 36 of Pregnancy It's a good thing your baby's almost done cooking. the result of the hormone-triggered loosening and softening of your connective tissue. This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space. For one thing. Unfortunately. who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long. with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of her systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time.Your Baby in Week 36 of Pregnancy Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby. . though her digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as she takes her first suckle at the breast or bottle. since your body may feel pretty "done" by now as well.
. Smaller meals are better for your digestive system and may actually control heartburn. or local chapters of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Flatulence: As if heartburn weren’t enough. expect her movements to change too. Week 36 Pregnancy Symptoms Changes in fetal activity: As your baby’s quarters get more cramped and she has less room to maneuver. including low. and a lot more squirming. (Your childbirth-education class might even include baby CPR in its curriculum. There are plenty of classes out there. That’s not necessarily bad news. Constipation: If it’s getting worse. community center. More frequent urination: Your baby might have dropped into your pelvis by now. Increased vaginal discharge. They won’t tax your digestive tract as much.or no-cost options at your YMCA. So it’s no wonder you’re going to the bathroom as much as you did during your first two months of pregnancy. make sure you find a certified instructor (ask your practitioner for a referral) who will come equipped with "bogus babies" to practice on. That just means that your cervix. has been bruised. you may feel like eating less at mealtimes. In the meantime. hospital. or brownish after you’ve had sex or a vaginal examination.Week 36 Pregnancy Tip: Infant and Child CPR Classes Chances are you'll never have to use this skill. but knowing how to perform CPR on a newborn or a toddler is just plain smart. which is sensitive now and may be starting to dilate. The same mini-meals that will help ease heartburn and flatulence are also a good way to counteract constipation — and for the same reason. possibly tinged with blood: The discharge from your vagina may be increasing and getting thicker. go for smaller meals (which will help the heartburn) and try not to rush while eating (you’ll swallow more air). (Good luck getting down on all fours to practice those first-aid breaths with your belly in the way!) Learn more about children's health.) Another option — and a potentially fun one at that: Throw a CPR party at home. You should still feel her moving. Don’t be shocked if you notice the mucus is pinkish. Heartburn or indigestion: As your stomach gets pushed up and squeezed by your uterus. red. blame your belly again (a convenient scapegoat!). which allows you to share child-care resources (and appetizers) with other new parents. This too shall pass (pun intended). Whichever setting you choose. crowding your bladder. but there will be less jabbing and kicking. you’re probably passing gas and burping like a frat boy. Don’t cut back on liquids — your body needs fluids to stay hydrated now more than ever.
Pelvic pressure and discomfort: Feeling pretty heavy down there in the pelvic region? That’s your baby burrowing deep into the pelvis as she prepares for birth. All those fluids will help rid your system of excess sodium and other waste products. Week 37 of Pregnancy Your doctor may check for labor signs. and pelvis. . and breathing in the womb. If you do feel energized. while your baby prepares for birth by sucking. but your face and hands (and fingers) may be too. Make sure your room isn’t too stuffy (you’re sure to feel overheated as the night wears on) by opening a window or lowering the thermostat. Creams containing cocoa butter or vitamin E can soothe that itchy abdomen and bring some relief. get your partner to rub it on your belly and do some bonding with the baby underneath!) Increased swelling of ankles and feet: Edema (pregnancy swelling) may be getting more noticeable now as your body retains more fluids. Difficulty sleeping: Sleep may be more elusive than ever as you toss this way and that looking for the perfect position. Keep drinking water and other liquids. or take a (long) soak in the tub to give yourself a break. (Better still. hips. Try some pelvic tilts. So not only will your ankles and feet be swollen. which will minimize swelling. with her head pressing down on your bladder. But you may also get the burst of extra energy known as the nesting instinct — a need to get organized and ready for the baby. Fatigue or extra energy: It’s normal to be tired by the time you hit week 36. Itchy abdomen: Your belly might be stretched to the breaking point (or at least feel that way). take breaks to rest and eat. turning.
Keep . Your practitioner may also determine whether your cervix has begun to soften and move to the front of the vagina. the average fetus weighs about 6. your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut. Right now.Your Baby in Week 37 of Pregnancy Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full-term baby. and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!). and turning from side to side. On the checklist: the baby's position in relation to your pelvis (engagement) and whether effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation (opening of the cervix) have begun. though he’s probably stretching. Your Body in Week 37 of Pregnancy Your body is going through its own preparations for childbirth as your practitioner starts looking for signs of labor. he's still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age. Learn more about your full-term baby in week 37. rolling a bit. another indication that labor is getting closer. even with three weeks to go. That doesn't mean he's finished growing — in fact. inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus.5 pounds). blinking. so he’s probably not kicking as much. sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk).
Learn more about preparing for labor and delivery. You can do this daily until D-day (and you can even continue the good work — or have your practitioner take over — during labor itself!)…or not at all if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Other home remedies that may banish the burn: a tablespoon of honey in warm milk or some dried papaya. if you’re lucky) delivery: First make sure your hands (or your spouse's.in mind that these processes can occur gradually (over a period of weeks or even a month or more in some women) or overnight. lubricate your thumbs (here's where the K-Y jelly can come in handy — literally — again) and put them inside your vagina. . Heartburn or indigestion: If your heartburn is getting worse these days. they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor. if he'll be taking on the task) are clean and your nails are trimmed. Learn more about your body this week and dilation and effacement. which in turn can minimize the "stinging" that occurs when a baby's head crowns during childbirth. try eating a handful of almonds. but your practitioner will be able to tell during an internal exam. Press down (toward your rectum) and slide your thumbs across the bottom and sides of your perineum. So while they're clues that you're indeed progressing. Here's how to massage your way to a looser (and easier. Remember. Week 37 Pregnancy Tip: Perineal Massage Anxiously waiting for the big day to arrive? Don't just sit there — massage your perineum! (Say what? Trust me. Others can efface and dilate overnight. You won’t be able to feel it. there's good reason for this piece of advice. Week 37 Pregnancy Symptoms Changes in fetal activity: By the time your baby’s head is engaged in your pelvis. your cervix will dilate (open up) and efface (get thinner). pulling gently outward (and forward) on the lower part of the vagina with your thumbs hooked inside. For some women. over a period of weeks or months. Next. What’s important is that you feel some movement every day. he’ll have a lot less room for any more than a twist or squirm. This helps stretch the skin in the same way your baby’s head will during birth. when he barely moves at all. Cervical dilation or effacement: To get ready for labor. It may also help you avoid an episiotomy and tearing. that your baby is behaving like a newborn now and has interludes of deep sleep. though.) Perineal massage may help to gently stretch your perineum (that area of skin between your vagina and rectum). the two take place gradually.
Varicose veins: If the veins in your legs are acting up now. Sleep in a little longer. try drinking more fluids during the day and make sure you’re eating enough calcium (those almonds you’re munching for the heartburn come in handy again!) and magnesium. Protruding parts: Your innie probably became an outie weeks ago. you’ve probably noticed those classic marks of maternity by now. but try to squeeze in some shut-eye so you have enough energy for childbirth and beyond. Leg cramps: If leg cramps are making a misery of your nights. which will help him take those first breaths while you're producing colostrum. but you may notice that your nipples are also popping now — all the better for a newborn to latch on when nursing. Both positions will keep the blood flowing. All three can help with leg cramps. If you feel really uncomfortable. Week 38 of Pregnancy Your baby is producing surfactant. Stretch marks: With your boobs and belly (and possibly butt) as big as they’ve ever been. hips.or brown-tinged mucus discharge means that the blood vessels in the cervix are rupturing as the cervix dilates in preparation for labor and delivery (it won’t be long now!). they’ll fade into silvery lines and turn into a badge of pride (or at least motherhood!) a few months after childbirth. Pelvic pressure and discomfort: If your baby’s head is pressing into your pelvis. Difficulty sleeping: You’ve heard that pregnancy insomnia is Mother Nature’s way to prepare you for the sleepless nights ahead. nap when you come home after work or on weekends. you’ll feel more pressure as the week wears on. the precursor to breast milk. which is the best position for optimum circulation. Also try elevating your legs by putting a pillow under your feet. .Bloody show: A pink. and give yourself a relaxing routine when it’s time for bed. Post reminders around the house and on your computer so you won’t forget appointments. Forgetfulness: There are so many things to keep track of now (Is the camera charged and packed? Do you have a baby outfit washed and ready to bring to the hospital? How many dinners are stocked in the freezer?) that it’s no wonder you’re walking around in a fog. and bladder. try sleeping on your left side. invest in a belly sling that will support the weight of your belly and take pressure off your back (see below) and pelvis. Don’t worry.
one of which is getting that milk machine up and running. weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Learn more about how your baby prepares for birth in week 38. and it has more protein and less fat and milk sugar (the better to digest it) than the breast milk that arrives later. Part of the process is producing colostrums. Colostrum is full of antibodies that protect your newborn. Your Body in Week 38 of Pregnancy Just as your baby is preparing for life outside the womb.Your Baby in Week 38 of Pregnancy Hey. Chances . your little one isn't so little anymore. Most of the changes this week are small but important: He’s continuing to add fat (so he can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round. He's also producing more surfactant. cute baby look!) and fine-tuning his brain and nervous system (so he can deal with all the stimulation that awaits him once he makes his entrance into the world). a thin yellowish liquid that's the precursor to breast milk. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. your body is tending to its own final touches before the big day.
plan ahead. You may want to skip caffeine and any other diuretic drinks now. Just don’t skip liquids altogether — you need fluids now so you can stay hydrated as you get closer to delivering. and stash away several trays of bran muffins (don't ask. Learn more about preparing for childbirth. Label carefully. so you won't be left with UFOs (unidentified frozen objects). If you're not leaking but you are curious about this miracle substance. fitting in a threeminute shower will trump it for sure. Week 38 Pregnancy Tip: Stocking Your Freezer Have visions of yourself. it’s likely that your baby’s head is in your pelvis. Learn more about labor preparation and colostrum. Once your underwear (or toilet paper) is tinged pink or brown. and you may even pass the mucous plug — a clear glob of mucus that’s been corking your cervix throughout your pregnancy — as your cervix dilates. Another plan-ahead tip? If you don't already have your favorite takeouts on speed dial. so if you’re having diarrhea this week it may mean that labor is imminent (yay!). simple heat-and-serve options that you (or he!) can get on the table in a flash. Diarrhea: Loose bowel movements are nature’s way to make enough room for the baby to emerge. Good candidates for the freezer include hearty soups. there will be nights when you will). away. . as well as mini–meat loaves. and casseroles. whipping up gourmet meals in those postpartum weeks? Dream on. Trust me. or even weeks. now's a good time to enter them. But it could be days. you'll need them). and it’s making less room for your bladder.are you're leaking colostrum so you might want to break out those nursing pads now. you can gently squeeze your areola to express a few drops. Increased vaginal discharge: You may be experiencing more discharge now. stews. To avoid serving Cheerios for dinner on a nightly basis (realistically. Do some cooking and stock your freezer now with individually packaged. it could mean that you’ll be face-to-face with your baby sooner rather than later. newly delivered domestic goddess. Have the baking itch? Satisfy it. Cooking will be the last thing on your mind or your to-do list during those first few weeks (make that months) after delivery. as will using the bathroom when the urge strikes. Week 38 Pregnancy Symptoms More frequent urination: If you’re going to the bathroom a lot these days. Bloody show: The vaginal discharge can also be tinged a pinkish or brownish color as the blood vessels in the cervix rupture during dilation and effacement. Does this mean that labor is imminent? Maybe.
Itchy abdomen: One way to soothe an itchy belly? Slather on the vitamin E oil. Increased swelling of ankles and feet: If swollen ankles and feet are getting you down. which are in your near future if you’re planning to breastfeed. toast. Difficulty sleeping: Your mind is racing so much you can’t sleep. Instead.or thigh-high hose. That will soothe you to sleep faster. This is a good time to practice your breathing and visualization techniques. In fact. If your partner is around. even as you may start to experience some definite signs of labor. Skip fatty foods or anything that’s fiber-rich. that is. Put them on in the morning before the daily swelling starts. Enlarged breasts and colostrum: Your breasts may be bigger than they’ve ever been (though they will get even bigger!) and leaking colostrum. make him practice along. . Make sure the tops aren’t too tight if you’re going for knee. Go ahead and clean. Don’t turn on the computer to get on the message boards or search for info on labor and delivery. Save that energy for childbirth instead of squandering it on a clean closet. now’s the time for some support — hose. Neither is a sign that you’ll have difficulty breastfeeding (if that’s what you plan to do). Braxton Hicks contractions: These practice contractions may be getting more intense now. That will just keep you up longer when you do go to bed. but don’t wear yourself out. If they’re not leaky or bigger. You may be increasingly exhausted or you may get a burst of energy (also known as the nesting instinct) as you try to organize and clean the house before the baby comes.Drink lots of water and eat lightly — broth. you might want to stock up on an extra bottle of vitamin E capsules — it’s also great for sore nipples. Fatigue or extra energy: A change in energy levels is pretty common this week. and iced fruit pops are the way to go now. grab something low-tech &mdsh. a book or a magazine — and read for a bit. don’t worry. Week 39 of Pregnancy Your baby's brain development is still in high gear.
causing any discharge to appear pink or red-tinged). Your Body in Week 39 of Pregnancy The end (and a whole new beginning!) is in sight. Labor could be close (but no cigar — yet!). so watch for the signs that your body is ready to get the show on the road.Your Baby in Week 39 of Pregnancy Coming down to the wire. Her pink skin has now turned whitish (even babies who'll eventually have darker skin appear whitish now — they haven't yet developed pigment). a pace that will continue for the first three years of life. the loss of the mucous plug (the “cork” of mucus that seals the opening of the uterus). These include Braxton Hicks contractions. Those measurements won't change much from now on. which makes your breathing easier but walking harder. the rupture of the membranes (water breaking) that contain your amniotic fluid. but her brain is still growing at an astonishing rate. and the bloody show (your capillaries rupture from the dilation and effacement of your cervix. Her head may have dropped into your pelvis by now. . your baby weighs around seven to eight pounds and measures 19 to 21 inches. Learn more about your baby in week 39 and how fetal skills blossom.
Learn more about your body in week 39 and the bloody show. Week 39 Pregnancy Tip: Preparing for a Cesarean Many hospitals and birthing centers are increasingly sensitive to an expectant mother's desire to be awake, comfortable, and with the people she loves both during and after delivery — even if that delivery is via a C-section. These days, most will try to accommodate your requests in a nonemergency situation, so ask for what you want. (Sorry, but pizza is probably a no-go.) Here are some requests to consider: to use a mirror or have the screen dropped so you can see the baby emerge; to listen to music during delivery; to have your hands free to touch your baby immediately after birth; to have your partner cut the cord; and to breastfeed in the recovery room. This is one time when it pays to be demanding. Making surgical delivery as pleasant as possible helps reduce the possibility of postpartum depression and allows you to bond more quickly with your baby. Learn more about cesarean sections. Week 39 Pregnancy Symptoms More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions: If you’ve been experiencing these practice contractions, they may be getting stronger now. But if you haven’t had a contraction yet, don’t worry. Braxton Hicks contractions are more common in second (and subsequent) pregnancies. Slowdown in fetal activity: As her living quarters become more cramped, you may notice a slowdown in fetal movement. Your baby’s coordination has improved and he’s less likely to make involuntary jabs (even if he had the room). Heartburn or indigestion: Your heartburn may be at its peak now. Don’t worry, relief is around the corner when you deliver. For relief now, drink liquids before or after meals instead of during. Bloody show or loss of mucous plug: The discharge from your vagina might be tinged with blood (either pinkish or brownish) as the blood vessels in the cervix rupture. Don’t worry — it’s a sign that your cervix is dilating, or opening up, and that’s a good thing. Another event that may occur this week: The mucous plug may fall out (and into the toilet). Losing it isn’t a sign that childbirth is hours away, but it does mean it’s around the corner. Rupture of membranes (possibly): Another sign that labor may be near — if your amniotic sac breaks and gushes out fluid. But don’t worry about causing a flood while you’re standing in the grocery checkout line. Despite what you’ve seen in movies, most women are in labor (and in the hospital) by the time their water breaks. If yours does break, call your practitioner.
Diarrhea or nausea: As your body gets ready for childbirth, the muscles may loosen in your rectum, resulting in loose bowel movements. You may also suffer some nausea. It’s important to keep drinking water to avoid dehydration. Hemorrhoids: If you’re experiencing diarrhea, your hemorrhoids may actually be less painful now since you’re not straining to move your bowels the way you did when you were constipated. Just be aware that pushing during labor can aggravate hemorrhoids, so stock up on all the soothers that brought you relief. Pelvic pressure and discomfort: Your baby’s head is putting pressure on your pelvis, making you feel uncomfortable. Other symptoms of discomfort could include menstrual-like cramps and indigestion, which can also be signs of early contractions. Backaches: Your backaches could be worse now as you count down the final weeks. You can soothe a sore back by getting into the shower and letting the warm water pulse onto your back.
Week 40 of Pregnancy
It's the official end of your pregnancy — though your baby might not have gotten that memo. Hang in there!
Your Baby in Week 40 of Pregnancy Congratulations! This week marks the official end of your pregnancy. Your baby probably weighs anywhere from six to nine pounds and measures between 19 and 22 inches (though tons of perfectly healthy babies are smaller or bigger). The bones in his skull haven’t fused yet — Mother Nature’s way of making it easier to get through the birth canal during labor and delivery. He now has enough fat under the skin to maintain his body temperature outside the womb (with a little help from those cute outfits and swaddling blankets that you’ve been stocking up on!). You (or actually the placenta) are still providing the antibodies he’ll need to fight off infections for the first six months of his life. And if you plan on breastfeeding, your milk will be giving him more antibodies that’ll boost his immune system. Learn more about your baby preparing for birth in week 40. Your Body in Week 40 of Pregnancy When will your body know it's time to deliver this baby? Well, about half of all pregnancies go past the 40-week mark, but your baby's birthday will absolutely be sometime in the next two weeks, as your practitioner won't let you go longer than 42 weeks. One event that's not guaranteed before the onset of labor is your water breaking (the rupture of membranes
Whether you're plus-size. or any size in between. Even if you do end up springing a leak. Heartburn or indigestion: Your heartburn may be a thing of the past in a few days. very few women experience a public water breaking. Week 40 Pregnancy Symptoms More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions: Wondering if those contractions you’re feeling this week are the practice Braxton Hicks contractions or the real thing? If they don’t increase in frequency or severity. Slowdown in fetal activity: Even though your baby’s movements have slowed down. In fact. Learn more about when your water will break. get some relief by chewing gum after every meal (as well as popping those Tums). Cervical dilation or effacement: Although you won’t feel your cervix opening or thinning out. or if they subside when you walk around or change position. it is probably happening this week. he still should be moving around in there. And your vagina knows what to do. it's more likely to be a slow trickle than a big splash. chances are you're not carrying sumo baby in there — unless. or rolls in an hour. (You can help that process along by doing your Kegels faithfully both before and after you deliver. and the majority of newborns are pretty well matched to the size of their mothers (if you're small-boned. Dilation is measured in centimeters and effacement in . Mother Nature knows what she's doing (for the most part). it tightens up again. then they are probably just practice contractions. of course. but that's exactly what happens most of the time. petite. you've eaten like a sumo wrestler during pregnancy). miraculously. In the meantime. wiggles.surrounding your baby that contain the amniotic fluid he's been living in for the past nine months). too — it stretches considerably during childbirth and then. It does seem implausible that something so big (a six-or-seven-plus-pound watermelon) could squeeze through such a little space. more than 85 percent of expectant moms enter the birthing room with their membranes fully intact. it's the size of your pelvis — not your frame — that matters. How much movement is normal? You should be able to count ten flutters. Despite what you see in the movies. So don’t worry! Learn more about your body in week 40 and labor and delivery.) Even your baby knows what to do — by molding his still-pliable head to fit through that tight squeeze. Week 40 Pregnancy Tip: Pelvis Size Many women share an unfounded fear of not being able to actually birth their baby.
it’ll soothe the discomfort. ask your partner for a relaxing massage Fatigue or extra energy: Changes in energy level are pretty common this week. Don’t worry — both are completely normal. . If you have the time. the uncomfortable feeling in your pelvis may be traced to a certain someone’s little head bumping up against your hips and bladder. it’s a good bet that carrying around all that pregnancy weight (especially this week!) is a pain in the legs. don’t. Instead. Difficulty sleeping: As tempting as it is to try herbal supplements or other over-thecounter sleep aids. your practitioner will probably give you the measurements. The cervix will continue to dilate (and efface) through early and active labor. gently flexing your ankle and toes back toward your shin can help. but you're apt to feel real labor pains anytime this week or next. This week.percentages. Maybe you’ve been hit by the nesting instinct or maybe you just have an urge to slump in front of the TV and veg out. loose bowel movements may be a sign that your labor is imminent. after an internal exam. your mucous plug has fallen out — you may be meeting your baby face-toface soon! Pelvic pressure and discomfort: If your baby has dropped this week. Diarrhea or nausea: Your bowels take a beating during pregnancy — and it seems as if they go from one extreme (sluggish) to the other (loose). When a spasm hits. Leg cramps: While no one really knows what causes those painful spasms in your legs. So if you have other signs — bloody show. schedule a massage with a certified prenatal massage therapist. Week 41 of Pregnancy It's not unusual for a baby to be overdue — and you to feel overdone. as is alternating between the two states. your baby has dropped.
His endocrine system is getting ready to produce stress hormones (you aren’t the only one who’s stressed!). Fewer than five percent of babies are born on their actual due dates — and around 50 percent decide to overstay their welcome in Hotel Uterus. thriving well into the tenth month. which he’ll need to survive outside the womb. waiting for his big day. Remember.Your Baby in Week 41 of Pregnancy It seems like your baby has opted for a late checkout. that most of the time an overdue baby isn't overdue at all — it's just that the due date was off. your body is as ready for birth as it will ever be. quite a popular option judging by the numbers. No one knows exactly what triggers real labor (though you're probably more concerned with "when" than "why" at this point). But your baby isn’t just lounging around in there. too. but it's believed to be a combination of factors. Learn more about your baby in week 41 and fetal stress hormones. Your Body in Week 41 of Pregnancy Meanwhile. The intricate .
hit the mall for those last-minute baby needs. Week 41 Pregnancy Symptoms A slowdown in fetal activity: Many babies slow down their activity at this late stage in the game mainly because they become too cramped in the uterus (they are full size and weight now) to move around much. see a movie or two (your last for a while). And speaking of freezers. make sure yours is stocked with ready-made meals. have lunch with your friends and dinner with your spouse. try to have something planned every day (and watching the clock tick doesn't count!). This could be it! Learn more about your body this week and labor contractions. and you may notice pink or red-tinged mucus (the bloody show) just before labor begins. and generally (but not always) more regular. Learn more about being overdue and anxious. More frequent urination: Now that your baby has dropped down into your pelvis toward the birth canal — with his or her head most likely right on your bladder — .process begins with the fetus. Get out of the house: Take a walk (which might even help get your contractions going). Oh. Your water may break. But you know what they say about a watched pot — so in an effort to keep your mind off your tardy baby and to keep busy. and tell your friends and family to stop calling every day: Remind them that no news is…no news. Contractions start (early ones feel like an upset tummy or heavy menstrual cramps). do a thorough grocery-store sweep so you'll come home to a full fridge and freezer. Week 41 Pregnancy Tip: Keeping Busy Baby on the brain? It's hard to think of anything else when your due date has come and gone — a week ago. get a manicure or a haircut (you may not have the chance once baby's on board). then intensify. becoming progressively more frequent and painful. whose brain sets off a relay of chemical messages that stimulates a chain reaction of hormones in his mommy.
you may notice a sudden burst of energy now and again (for example. For some women dilation and effacement are very gradual — over weeks — and for some they can happen overnight. This opening and thinning of the cervix mean that it’s getting ready to make way for a baby. your heavy (late) load is weighing you down. . Continue to do Kegel exercises to strengthen those pelvic-floor muscles and wear a panty liner (if you like) to stay dry in the meantime. it’s understandable — after all. your practitioner will probably tell you how much your cervix is dilated (opened) and effaced (thinned). Cervical dilation or effacement: During an internal exam.you may be feeling more of an urge to pee than ever before (and you may even start leaking when you cough or sneeze). Diarrhea or nausea: Starting to get the runs? It’s very common to experience diarrhea (or nausea) shortly before you go into labor since your muscles (including those in your intestines and rectum) are loosening in preparation for childbirth. try soaking in a warm sitz bath for 15 to 20 minutes to soothe your aching bum. Bloody show or loss of mucous plug: You may notice a pink.or brown-tinged mucous discharge in your underpants — or in the toilet. which is nature’s way of helping you prepare for your impending arrival. The passage of this mucus means that blood vessels in the cervix are rupturing as the cervix is beginning to open up in preparation for labor (could be today or several days from now). And don’t forget to ask your practitioner before using any medication for hemorrhoids. you feel the immediate urge to organize the nursery closet) — that’s your nesting instinct kicking into high gear. Pelvic pressure and discomfort: No doubt you’re feeling heaviness and stress in the pelvic region now that your baby has dropped down toward the birth canal. To ease the pressure on your hips and pelvis try to relax by lying down with your hips elevated. Hemorrhoids: If the bulging veins in your rectum are causing you pain (thanks in large part to the increased blood flow to your pelvic area and the pressure your uterus is putting on your rectum). On the other hand. Fatigue or extra energy: If you can’t seem to find the oomph to get off the couch these days.
She’ll also be more alert — “Hi. A tardy baby will also have longer nails.Week 42 of Pregnancy In the rare case that your baby is truly overdue. cracked. your practitioner will likely monitor youroverdue baby through nonstress tests (you're hooked up to a fetal monitor to measure your baby's heart rate and movement) and amniotic-fluid checks. peeling. and little or none of that baby fuzz (lanugo). possibly longer hair. That's because the protective vernix was shed weeks ago in anticipation of a delivery date that came and went. chances are her skin will be dry. the good news is she'll be wide-awake and ready to go once she's born. When this latecomer finally makes her debut. Mommy!” . or wrinkled — all completely temporary. To be sure all is well. Your Baby in Week 42 of Pregnancy Although it's perfectly normal for a baby to arrive past the due date. you and your baby will get some extra attention this week.
) Whom do you call? A postpartum doula! She will provide care for you and your baby. child care. a new mom can expect to be exhausted and overwhelmed.Learn more about your baby in week 42 and a late delivery. Your Body in Week 42 of Pregnancy While you may feel as if this pregnancy has been going on forever. Of course. you’re probably sick of everyone calling to see if you’ve had the baby yet. so you can be flexible about when and how often she comes. so ask your pediatrician and your friends (you can also check with Doulas of North America at www. your baby will come out on her own — or your practitioner will perform labor induction. (So can a new dad. The best way to find a postpartum doula is through word of mouth. A few hours a day for the first couple of weeks might mean the difference between a mommy and a zombie. Week 42 Pregnancy Tip: Postpartum Doula Once the baby comes home. Learn more about what to ask a doula before you hire one. This miracle worker will teach and support you and your partner without judgment (she won't laugh at your pathetic attempts at swaddling). diapering — anything and everything that eases the tricky transition into parenthood.dona.org). usually thanks to irregular ovulation or a mom's uncertainty about the exact date of her last period. Keep in mind that most doulas charge an hourly rate. by the way. studies show that 70 percent of post-term pregnancies aren't post-term at all. feeding. know that before this week is over. Even if you do end up among the two percent of women who are truly overdue. including breastfeeding advice. The frustrating mix-up is typically due to a miscalculation of the time of conception. But here’s something to focus on as you wait: By this time next week. cooking. errands. Week 42 Pregnancy Symptoms . you’ll be snuggling with your newborn. infant soothing and coping skills. Learn more about your body in week 42 and being past your due date. She knows all about emotional and physical recovery. and light cleaning.
But. of clear. Difficulty sleeping: It’s very possible that anxiety and discomfort are making it hard for you to get enough shut-eye lately (and then there’s the urge to pee every five minutes throughout the night). Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and eat lightly to keep up your strength. or even a steady trickle. they may be the real thing. if your practitioner feels there is a need to induce your labor. there are medications that can move this process along. Rupture of membranes (possibly): If you feel a gush. Bloody show or loss of mucous plug: As your cervix opens up in preparation for labor. This is perfectly normal and means that labor could happen within the next several days — but if the discharge is heavy (more than two tablespoons) or is bright red. you may see a pink or brown discharge. call your practitioner as soon as you can since this bleeding could be a sign of placenta previa or placental abruption. that probably means that the amniotic sac has broken. and try to sit or lie down with your feet elevated to prevent fluid from pooling there. Increased swelling of ankles and feet: Your bodily fluids are at their peak volume and you may be at your most immobile (the extra weight and discomfort can really slow you down!). Diarrhea or nausea: Abdominal discomfort and diarrhea may be signs that labor is imminent (intestinal muscles relax before childbirth). and follow the instructions on labor and delivery because you may be giving birth soon (though about 15 percent of women experience their water breaking before their labor begins). odorless fluid. While there’s nothing you can do to speed it up. Both can bring on even more swelling in your feet and ankles. allowing amniotic fluid to leak out. don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep fluids circulating through your system.More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions: At this late stage in the game you’ll likely be feeling more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions (aka “practice” contractions that make your uterus feel hard) as your body gets ready for labor. Consider talking to your partner before bed (or . Let your practitioner know. still. If you start to notice a pattern to the contractions. Cervical dilation or effacement: Your practitioner has probably told you how dilated (open) and effaced (thinned out) your cervix is as it prepares for your baby to pass through the birth canal.
he won't even touch me. or a rejection of you. open a window to prevent stuffiness or use a body pillow for extra support. literally — you may feel sexier than ever. I don't know what to do about it. Question: "My husband used to want to make love all the time. and do what you can to make your bedroom as comfortable as possible — for instance. it's a matter of fear — it's possible your husband's just afraid of hurting you or hurting the baby. but I wish he would take advantage of the fact that I'm feeling really turned on these days (oddly enough!). For others. but now that I'm pregnant. Or it could be a hang-up thing — the hang-up being he's never made love to a mother before (even though that mother happens to be a woman he's always enjoyed making love to). All of which sounds like the perfect recipe for romance. For one — your perpetually engorged pelvic region is leaving you all tingly. It seems like this would be a great time for both of us if he could just get past this. it's the weirdness factor — getting close to you might mean getting too close for comfort to your baby during a decidedly adult activity. Colostrum: Many women find that toward the end of pregnancy they begin to leak colostrum from their nipples — a thin. But don't resign yourself to a nine-month dry spell. either!) Rounding out the menu. If you’re uncomfortable — or wet — wear nursing pads in your bra. except for one missing ingredient: your husband. Whatever the reason. remember not to take it personally — it's not a reflection on you. . either.writing down your worries) so that you can rest easier emotionally." Isn't it funny how the very same pregnancy hormones that make you bloated and queasy can also leave you hungry — for sex? But there are actually good reasons why you're always in the mood for love right now. yellowish fluid that is the precursor to mature breast milk. all the time. what with all those extra curves. What puts so many men off their favorite feed once there's a bun in the oven? For some. (And. you're not tending to one yet. there's probably less stress between the sheets than there's been in a while — since you're not actively trying to prevent a baby or create one. if you're a first-time mom. For another.
If he's not biting. rhythmic rocking of lovemaking and orgasm. and likely to be lulled to sleep by the gentle. just engage in some cozy cuddling on the sofa — it might just put him on the same passionate page as you. If he's still not jumping on the jumping-you bandwagon. initiate some pillow talk. and make his hang-ups history. . should he turn you down). Be understanding and patient if he has baggage he needs to unpack before you hit the sack again. Let him know (or let him read about it on the site or in What to Expect When You're Expecting ) that babies are completely oblivious to parental goings-on (and gettingsit-on). completely impervious to the proceedings (plus. and find out what's going on in his head. and offer up a massage (complete with scented oils). if you're afraid that's too much pressure for him (and for you. maybe the two of you could explore other sexual options that might inspire him — like visiting an adult store (online if you're shy) for some toys (the kind that won't be for the baby) to stimulate his interest.Instead. not within reach — even for the particularly gifted dad). Reassure him that sex is perfectly safe (as long as your practitioner has given you the green light). Or set the stage for romance — dress the part in naughty lingerie that accentuates all your new (and dangerous) curves. Or. add some mood lighting and music. have your practitioner give him the "sex is safe (and good exercise)" talk. Tell him how you're feeling (all fired up and no place to go).
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