Welcome to the world of parenting!
An exciting journey is about to start and Mothercare, through this journal, is going to be by your side and advise you throughout your pregnancy weeks.
Get informed about everything that parents need to know such as pregnancy, baby growth, body and psychology changes, doctor examinations and appointments and of course parturition, breastfeeding and baby care.
Our midwife and lactation consultant IBCLC Ms Georgia Leze every week is going to show you a special path to a healthy and happy baby.
This week, your baby is working hard and growing fast!
Although you won't be able to feel anything yet, the baby will be moving around and getting good at kicking and somersaulting. Your morning sickness should be feeling better – hurrah! Although that may be replaced with weird and wonderful food cravings.
Your trousers might feel tighter as your womb grows bigger, making space for your baby to enter an exciting new stage.
Your uterus has grown from the size of a small pear to the size of a grapefruit.
You're probably not ready for a maternity-wear shopping spree just yet, but your growing uterus (and a bit of bloating from hormones) can make tight trousers uncomfortable.
You might also start to crave weird and wonderful food – gherkins and ice cream, anyone?
Don't worry – most mums-to-be usually just fancy food that they wouldn't usually go for. Spice-lovers might find themselves ordering blander food than usual, while vegetarians might be appalled to find themselves eyeing up the local steakhouse.
Your baby's bones and cartilage are forming, and forming fast.
Αt a tiny 3.1cm long and 4g in weight you won't be able to feel them moving about, but as their muscles develop they'll start practicing their kicks and somersaults. They're starting to look more like a mini person now, with nostrils, the beginning of lips and little tiny fingernails. They're developing the face muscles that will let them suck, and they're already practicing how to swallow.
Their little heart is still forming, but beating really fast – around twice the speed of yours!
The morning sickness and exhaustion you've been feeling should be easing off a bit, so it's a good time to introduce some gentle exercise into your routine.
Yoga is great, as the stretching and breathing can also help during labour. It's best to join a special class for pregnant ladies, as some poses in regular yoga classes can be unsafe and best avoided for expectant mums.
A pregnancy yoga class is an ideal place to meet, chat and make friends with other mums-to-be, too.
This week mommies again visit their doctor or midwife for a formal check-up and notification of their laboratory tests.
At this appointment you will receive full information about your individual needs in vitamins, thyroid hormone, your blood type and how the rhesus factor affects your pregnancy, but also nutritional tips to avoid or not foods or prepared foods, depending on your level of immunity.
Also, your doctor and midwife will tell you about your vaccination needs due to the time or level of your personal immunization in rubella.
By leaving, you will have already closed your baby’s nuchal translucency test appointment and the PAPP A examination.
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