by Olessia Medvedeff
THE FIRST MONTH
MOM: The fertilized egg implants itself in your uterus wall. You’ll be suffering from nausea, vomiting, mood fluctuations, spotting, breast tenderness and fatigue.
BABY: the egg continues to grow and differentiate. The yolk sac will supply the embryo with nourishment. The embryo produces the human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone.
DO: Take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid, eat more fruits, vegetables and protein and drink 2L of water daily.
DON’T: refrain from eating raw or undercooked meat or eggs. Avoid alcohol, drugs, radiation, and smoking.
THE SECOND MONTH
MOM: Your uterus continues to expand while hormone levels increase daily. The volume of blood in your circulation increases. Symptoms of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, frequent urination and mood swings continue.
BABY: many cells are being formed and differentiated into major organs. The most important milestone this month is the beginning of the heartbeat, the limb buds and facial features begin to take shape.
DO: Have a balanced diet and engage in some mild form of exercise.
DON’T: go more than 2 to 3 hours without eating. Avoid caffeinated beverages.
MOM: Expect to have gained some weight. Your energy levels will improve, but you’ll have feelings of dizziness occasionally along with constipation and hemorrhoids.
BABY: Your baby begins to move its limbs around the 10th week. Its genitals begin to form. The baby’s heart beats around 135 beats per minute, and he will begin to form urine and starts exchanging waste products with the placenta.
DO: get plenty of rest and maintain good personal hygiene.
DON’T: lift heavy objects. Skip the oil and spicy food.
THE FOURTH MONTH
MOM: You’ll experience heartburn, indigestion, and constipation. The breast discomfort and darkening of the areola will continue too.
BABY: The fetus will have transparent skin covered with Lanugo. The upper portion of baby’s mouth is formed, and he will start to react to external stimuli.
DO: take extra caution while performing daily tasks. Make a habit of sleeping on your left side for better circulation to the baby.
DON’T: eat raw meat or any food containing raw eggs.
THE FIFTH MONTH
MOM: Your breasts will produce colostrum, the first milk. The growing baby will exert pressure on your back. Some women may experience cramping, called Braxton Hicks contractions.
BABY: You’ll begin to feel baby’s movements. His major internal organs are maturing, and fat is being deposited beneath the skin. Baby’s bone marrow produces red blood cells, and his skin will be covered by a substance called Vernix.
DO: Continue your daily exercise routine and learn some breathing techniques.
DON’T: stand for long periods of time. Practice safe sex to avoid contracting STDs
THE SIXTH MONTH
MOM: You’ll feel out of breath as your uterus rises. The baby’s kick and jerks will be very profound. Avoid sharp movements as you may strain the ligaments in your uterus. The strain of carrying all that extra weight may cause a backache.
BABY: The first stool, called Meconium is developing. Your baby may be able to recognize your voice. His lungs begin to produce surfactant and the baby’s spinal structures, and his brain cells are maturing.
DO: track the baby’s kicks. Maintain correct posture to minimize the back pain.
DON’T: ignore the symptoms of pregnancy-induced hypertension: abdomen pain, headache.
It is not all you got to read in this book. You will have a variety of information about the mother as well as the baby. In addition, this book supplies you with extraordinary information regarding what you can do and what you can’t do during pregnancy.
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