You are only 5 weeks short of completing your first trimester.
Here are some important pointers for this week.
Your uterus is bigger now, and so are your breasts and nipples. Your vagina has gone from being light pink to dark pink, due to increased blood flow.
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Your blood volume has increased by as much as 40-50% to accommodate the needs of your baby. Your skin may have turned oily too, and you may find washing your face more often helpful in reducing excess oil and preventing acne and pimples.
All your baby’s major organs are present by now, though they are still developing. The arms and legs are growing longer and your baby has possibly begun to move and kick, although it’s still too early for you to feel these movements.
The eyes and ears have formed too, but the eyes are covered by skin-folds that will eventually turn into your baby’s eyelids. The upper lip and nose have developed by this week, and the trunk has begun to straighten.
0.63 inches, or the size of a raspberry.
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Brush your teeth regularly. Use dental floss and antibacterial mouthwash to maintain oral hygiene. The hormonal changes during pregnancy will make your gums softer and thicker, so maintaining oral hygiene is necessary to prevent tooth decay and infections of the gums.
Continue to have small meals at frequent intervals and avoid lying down immediately after you have eaten to help ease pregnancy-related heartburn. A glass of cold milk is a great way to relieve heartburn or burning in your chest and abdomen.
Follow your doctor’s orders with respect to any prescribed blood and urine tests. These tests need not alarm you; they are routine procedures to help your doctor manage your pregnancy better.
Continue to help your partner physically and emotionally.
Make a note of your doctor’s appointments.
You may have to take over caring for your pet, in case you own one. Cleaning animal litter can lead to infections in pregnant women.
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