Length: 2.13 inches
Weight: 0.49 ounce
3 months and counting. Doesn't time fly when you are having fun? Congratulations, as you have made it through the dreaded first trimester. You can now relax, and start enjoying pregnancy. You may even want to tell friends; family and anyone else who cares that you are pregnant! Morning sickness, tiredness, nausea, and aversions should slack off. You are showing something, even if it is small and may want to cruise the maternity aisle of your favorite store. Sadly, hormones are starting to slow down your digestion which may cause you to be constipated or bloat. Eat lots of fiber to stay regular. Your uterus will begin shifting upwards and forward – taking away the sense that you could pee your pants at any minute. You should definitely be able to hear the heartbeat now with a Doppler device! The average fetal heart rate is 160 beats per minute. Many people believe boys are lower and girls are higher – although none of that has been proven.
Your baby is now individually moving the hands and feet. Your baby is also responding to sensations in and around you and may even flinch. The eyes have moved to the front of your baby's head and the ears are in place. Your baby has grown to the happy size of a purple plum. The thyroid gland, pancreas, and gallbladder begin to work this week. Early 3D ultrasounds show that your baby can smile, frown, squint, fold the lips, and even wrinkle its forehead. Don't worry, none of these reactions mean anything yet. Your baby is also starting to grow hair this week. The placenta is beginning to take over and your baby is receiving nutrients and oxygen from you.
Tip of the Week
You have likely heard that eating fish during pregnancy is good for your baby's brain development. It is, but you have to be careful what kind of fish you eat. Some fish, such as shark, swordfish, marlin, and tuna (in high amounts) contain too much mercury. This can damage your baby's nervous system. You should also avoid raw foods, mollusks, processed foods, foods made with raw eggs and organ meats. Eat lots of fresh fruit and concentrate on green leafy vegetables which will be healthy for developing red blood cells.
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