Find out what you need to equip yourself for the week...
Your baby may be small--the size of an aratilis--but his brain is growing at an incredible pace, generating a hundred new brain cells every minute! He is starting to form teeth, a palate, and joints too. As for you, morning sickness continues and food cravings may not dictate your diet.
Your Baby’s Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby's growth is incredible! Your baby is now generating about one hundred new brain cells per minute.
- His brain and his heart are becoming increasingly complex and his permanent set of kidneys are in development.
- At the moment his bone marrow has not yet formed, so it is his liver that is churning out large amounts of red blood cells.
- Hands and feet are beginning to emerge, although they still look like paddles. Also arm and leg joints are beginning to form.
- His teeth and palate are forming.
- His ears continue to develop as well.
- His skin is paper thin, making his veins visible.
- Your uterus has doubled in size to accommodate your growing baby. Unfortunately, this means that you will still experience the constant urge to pee.
- You may start to breakout on your face (Thanks, hormones!). A change in complexion is uncommon and your skin may also change from oily to dry or vice versa.
- Varicose veins may also begin to appear due to the increased blood flow.
- Nausea continues to be an unwelcome visitor.
- Your food cravings will probably kick in.
- If you have not already started it, do include folic acid into your diet. A daily supplement of about 400 micrograms (mcg) is recommended.
- If you already have an exercise routine in place, ensure that all the exercises you are doing are safe during pregnancy.
- It might be time to wear clothes that are a tad loose--you'll be bloated so your regular clothes may feel constricting.
- This is the best time to start photographically documenting the growth of your baby.
Start reading pregnancy books! Ask your doctor and fellow mummies for recommendations!
You will live to regret it if you didn't document your pregnancy belly growth – so take daily photos of your belly. By the end of the 9 months, you'd be feeling so proud of yourself for having gone through this journey.
Include foods with folic acids such as lentils, leafy greens, citrus, asparagus, brocolli, kidney beans and tomato juice into your diet.