How is my baby growing?
Your baby is about the size of an heirloom tomato, weighs about 240 grams and is about 15cm long from head to toe.
Your baby is now protected by a layer of white wax for sensitive skin. This wax layer will disappear at the end of pregnancy, so premature infants are often covered in wax when born. This week, a brown fat layer will develop and keep your baby warm after birth. In the third trimester of pregnancy, more layers of fat will continue to develop to protect your baby.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
During this time, you start to feel your baby’s movements in your body. The first movement is very short and light , so you may easily confuse them with a gust of bloating. But then, you’ll feel kicks, punches, and possibly slight hiccough in your belly again. Each child has a different way of moving. If there is any reduction in frequency and intensity of your baby’s movement happens, you should go to the doctor for help and advice promptly.
What should I be concerned about?
There is no strong scientific evidence that can prove pregnancy could harm your mental activity. Some mothers often pay excessive attention to the changes in their mind and said that their memory is affected during pregnancy. This would rarely happens but it is a normal thing that you are undergoing changes, both physical and emotional. You should try to get familiar with the changes in your mind and think about the positive aspects of pregnancy, such as maternal and happy period when the baby was born later.
What should I tell my doctor?
You may soon go through situations like this: one day, you may feel your baby move constantly, but the next day, your little athlete stay completely silent. It is a very normal thing. At this stage of pregnancy, concerns about the instability of the baby’s movement is understandable but unnecessary. Later, when it is week 28 of pregnancy, your baby’s movement will become more consistent. Then it’s time you should make it a habit to check the movement of the baby regularly.
If you do not see any movement from your baby all day, you could try to apply the following stimulation methods of baby’s movements: please lie down within an hour or two in the evening after drinking a glass of milk, a cup of orange juice or eat a healthy snack. This may stimulate your baby moving soon. But if this method does not work, do not worry, try again after a few hours. Indeed, many women can not find their baby’s movements in a day or two, even three or four days. If you are still worried, you can go to a doctor to feel more secure.
What tests should I know about?
Your doctor may recommend an amniocentesis test. An amniocentesis test is performed for specific reasons and it’s not a periodic test. It’s important that you should discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of the test with your doctor. With amniocentesis, a sample of the amniotic fluid is taken from the sac surrounding the baby. This sample is tested to see if the baby has certain genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. There may be some risks to having this test, so please discuss with your doctor what are the best options for you.
Health & Safety
What should I know about staying healthy and safe during pregnancy?
You worry that sex will be quenched when you’re pregnant? You think sexual activity at this time would adversely affect the baby? Don’t worry! Safe sex at all stages of pregnancy is allowed, as long as your pregnancy status is not special cases that need attention. However, knowing that your sex is absolutely safe during pregnancy will not mean that you want the relationship at this time. Many women find inspiration in their sex lives oscillate in different stages of pregnancy. Your inspiration will depend very much on the health status, mental status, size of your baby and other changes of your body. You should talk to your husband about intimate activities. It’s very important that both of you have private time together.
Cow milk contains hormones BST
Many pregnant women drink milk as it is considered nutritious and good for the baby. However, milk containing BST hormone is considered as a great threat as it do more harm than good. So is it safe? The truth is cows usually injected BST to produce more milk. BST is a protein, not a steroid, so it does not have biological activity in humans and simply to be digested like other proteins when you load the body milk containing BST.
So how will your baby be growing up next week?
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: October 26, 2018
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