While it may seem like time has come to a standstill with the nausea and occasional cramping, this too shall pass! In fact even before you know it, your first trimester will seem like a distant memory. So if you have always thought about keeping a diary, this might be the time to start. It might seem silly now, but documenting every little twinge, cramp and bust measurement is testament to what your body is going through to prepare itself for this amazing journey. Also, how often will you be able to say that you have a 36” bust without your thighs keeping pace?
What’s happening with you
One of the few upsides of this whole pregnancy process is looking like a Miss India pageant contestant! In all likelihood, your chest will grow even more, and you may get the voluptuous chest you’ve always wanted! While your husband may be all excited about this new curvaceous you, you on the other hand may be sensitive to the touch and experience breast soreness that would make any premenstrual symptoms pale in comparison. You might even notice changes in your areola as they darken. Remember all of these changes are not permanent; so enjoy them while they last!
Your blood volume will increase by about 30% over the course of your pregnancy. With this, you will experience a gradual weight gain that must be supported by consuming iron rich foods. While a diet that is high in iron may exacerbate your nausea, the iron required for your increased hemoglobin production must be provided with extra supplementation.
What’s happening with your baby
This is by far the most exciting week as for the first time the heartbeat is discernible over a Doppler ultrasound device. This will provide you the first tangible evidence that you are indeed now carrying a life inside you. Of course, this is not to say that if you cannot hear the heartbeat now, that there’s anything to worry about. Depending on where your baby and your uterus are located, it may be a few more weeks before your doctor can find the heartbeat.
While the baby is actively moving at this time, you will not be able to feel this, as the baby is only the size of a grape now. Vital organs like the gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts are in place along with the anus. From this week onwards, your baby will start to develop either male or female genitalia. While the size of the baby’s body is only about twice the size of the head, the baby is starting to look less amphibious and more human! The baby’s head is still tucked into the chest but his tale-like protuberance is being replaced by a more recognizable form.
So while you enjoy your latest form, rest easy knowing that your baby is starting to look more and more like you and your husband with every passing day.