Two more weeks and you will have completed your first trimester! If your morning sickness and other early pregnancy symptoms haven’t settled down yet, they are likely to disappear this week or maybe in a few weeks’ time.
You may not have developed your baby bump yet, but your uterus has been rapidly growing inside you to accommodate your baby. By now, your doctor may even be able to feel your uterus on palpating your abdomen. Your nipples and areola will have darkened even more by this week, and you may even find a few dark patches on your face and neck known as melasma or ‘the mask of pregnancy’. These patches usually disappear or lighten after delivery.
Your baby’s heart now beats 110-160 times per minute. The fingers and toes are well developed, and they will begin to grow tiny nails this week. The facial features are better defined and your baby will look ‘normal’ soon. Your baby can now suck, so he or she will swallow amniotic fluid present in the womb to be excreted as urine by the kidneys.
2.1 inches, or the size of a plum.
Practise pelvic floor exercises or Kegel exercises to maintain flexibility, tone your pelvic and vaginal muscles, prepare your body for delivery, and prevent urinary incontinence or involuntary urination during and after pregnancy. Remember to run your routine past your doctor first.Include various food groups in your diet and indulge your cravings in moderation.Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, if you haven’t been using one already. You may develop some dark patches on your face and neck that disappear or lighten after delivery. These patches are harmless during pregnancy, but exposing them to sunlight can make them worse. A good sunscreen or sunblock should prevent them from worsening.If you’ve waited to complete your first trimester before announcing your pregnancy to friends and family, discuss how and when you would like to make the announcement with your partner.
Limit junk food, late night eating, sweets, fats, and salt.
Support your partner through her emotional and physical ups and downs.It’s natural to feel neglected as you help your partner along. Air your doubts and insecurities to her instead of dealing with them alone.If you’ve waited to complete your first trimester before announcing your pregnancy to friends and family, discuss how and when you would like to make the announcement with your partner.