With your pregnancy coasting along, your energy levels are on the rise and you think back and wonder what you were complaining about; it’s not so bad after all! You are definitely starting to show, and as for that outer circle, it may be time to share the great news. With your nausea out the door along with that general sense of malaise, this is the best stage in your pregnancy, so enjoy it.
What happening with you
This is when your pregnancy cravings might kick in. So begin milking your pregnancy and get your mother-in-law to make your favorite lime achaar! It’s considered good luck to cater to a pregnant woman’s food cravings, so take advantage of it and request away! You deserve to be babied now; you will be doing a lot of it in the very near future.
While one can get carried away with all the food that you are encouraged to eat, constipation is a real issue that affects pregnant women. The growing uterus applies pressure on the bowel and the increased hormone levels relax bowel muscles. This results in the muscles being unable to work efficiently.
So while bouts of constipation can be common, prolonged periods that cause extreme discomfort should be addressed by your doctor. Regular exercise, along with plenty of fluids and a fiber-rich diet can help constipation. Also do not discontinue your iron-rich vitamins, just because you may hear that they cause constipation. Your growing fetus needs it for development.
If you have noticed that your libido was at an all time low in the past few week, chin up; it will come back with full force and you-know-who will be grateful! While you may feel little stretches here and there, know that it is just your abdomen accommodating baby’s needs. And if your back is achy at times, it’s just the increased production of relaxin. Its function is to allow your abdominal muscles to expand by loosening your hip joints. So if you feel more limber than before, now you know why! This week marks relaxin concentration at its highest and stay s at this level for the remainder of the pregnancy.
What happening with your baby
This is a week of rapid brain development for baby. With your baby’s fingerprints fully developed, he or she has unique ridge detail (the kind that identifies crooks!). If you are carrying twins, then you will be surprised to know that even they will not have identical fingerprints.
Your baby will spend a good deal of time practicing voluntary movements like a miniature dancer. These movements will not be the twitchy motions that you might have seen in previous ultrasounds. Now the movements are more fluid along with being controlled.
Your baby continues to gain new and impressive skills such as practicing and controlling voluntary muscle movements (this will help him fling food across the room later in life). Your tiny dancer’s movements are no longer the jerky, uncontrollable twitches of last week, he now moves with graceful control.
Your baby’s intestines are filling up with meconium, the goop that will be baby’s first bowel motion after birth. With your baby having tripled in size over the last 3 weeks, it measures roughly about 3-3/4” and weighs 100 grams, about the size of a computer mouse.
This is the right time to schedule an AFP(Alpha-Fetoprotien) test. This test will test for genetic abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome, Turner’s syndrome and trisomies. This test is normally performed during the 16th and 17th weeks, so make that appointment today.