WEEK 5

5

  • Now your baby is around 2 millimeters long. It is the size of a small bean seed.
  • Despite its tiny size, its heart has already started to beat
  • Your baby gets all the oxygen and nutrients it needs through your blood
  • Although pregnancy is not a sickness, you may notice certain changes in your body. These changes occur because of the new hormones produced by your body during pregnancy. You may find your breasts feel tender. Your breasts are already changing and getting ready to feed your new baby. This is why you may experience this small discomfort that you have to bear for your baby.
  • You may also feel irritable, sweat more than usual, and get hungry more frequently. Ask your partner and immediate family to be understanding of these changes which are normal during pregnancy. Find out more about common problems during pregnancy at this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-Cs7nzyc0I
  • If you are already taking Folic Acid supplements, do continue these. If not, it’s still not too late. Start taking one Folic Acid tablet daily. Find out more about supplements you should be taking at our link Vitamins and Supplements
  • Whenever you visit any doctor even for other ailments or checkups, make sure you inform them that you are pregnant so they can choose pregnancy appropriate medications which won’t harm your baby.

WEEK 6

Week 6

 

  • Now your baby is slightly bigger. Although you may not feel it, its heart beats well now.
  • Your baby still gets its nutrients through your blood.
  • Its hands, legs, eyes and mouth have now started to form.
  • You may still experience some of the bodily discomforts you felt last week.
  • It’s normal to crave certain kinds of foods during this stage. Indulge yourself a little and give in to some of them. If you continue to feel morning sickness, eat small amounts of whatever you can keep down. This will help you get rid of the nausea. Find out more about morning sickness .
  • Try to stick to natural products during this time. Avoid hair dyes and other products containing strong chemicals. Also avoid artificial foods containing additives, and stop consuming alcohol. Find out about foods you should avoid , and read more about alcohol consumption during pregnancy here.
  • You may already have met your Public Health Mid Wife. If not, do so now, and get your appointments to attend clinics fixed. Find out more about the team available to help you

WEEK 7
Week 7

  • Now your baby is around half an inch long. Its ears, eyes, mouth, hands and feet have begun to clearly develop.
  • You may already know that a baby’s brain begins to develop when still within the mother’s womb. Now your baby’s brain has begun to develop, and so has its nervous system.
  • You must be already taking the necessary amounts of folic acid needed to help these developments. If you’re following a balanced diet and eating healthily,your baby will naturally absorbthe other vitamins and minerals it requires to grow well from your blood. Folic acid is the only additional supplement you need to take. Special milk powders and vitamins are not required.
  • You may still experience a lack of appetite and nausea. This is normal. The important thing is to take little portions of foods you like, at frequent intervals.
  • Only some women experience lack of appetite and nausea. If you haven’t’ experienced any of these symptoms, don’t worry. This is normal as well.
  • Your womb has now started to expand as your baby grows. As this happens, the bladder, which is located nearby, can get compressed by the expanding womb. You may therefore frequently experience the need to urinate. This is normal. However if you experience any pain or any discomfort while urinating, see your doctor immediately.
  • You may experience constipation due to hormonal changes within your body at this time. You don’t need any medication for this. Just make sure you drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruits and leafy vegetables to avoid constipation.
  • If you experience severe stomach cramps, sudden bleeding, severe abdominal pain or feel faintish, this is not normal, and you should see your doctor immediately.
  • If you still haven’t established contact with your local maternity clinic, do so now. Your Public Health Mid Wife must have surely visited you by now to check-in on your health?

WEEK 8
Week 8

  • Now your baby is about an inch long. Although it is tiny, now many of its key organs have formed. Eyes, tongue, mouth, heart, lungs, liver and intestines are clearly developing, as are its fingers and toes. The brain and nervous system are almost fully formed.
  • If you experienced nausea and vomiting, during this period it may intensify. However don’t be worried- this will only last another three or four weeks. Try to forget about the feelings of nausea and focus your mind on other activities.
  • Even if vomiting means you eat less than usual, the nourishment your baby needs is stored within your body, and your baby can take these nutrients from these stores. So don’t worry too much. Continue to eat small amounts foods you like. However if you experience severe vomiting and throw up much of what you eat, you may become dehydrated. Therefore in such instances, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Open up the doors and windows in your house and ensure there is always plenty of ventilation and light inside.

They may have weighed you at the clinic. Was your weight still the same? Don’t worry. It’s normal not to experience weight gain during the first three months of pregnancy. You may have even experienced weight loss. This is not something to worry about.

WEEK 9
Week 9

  • Now your baby will start to move its hands and feet. You won’t feel it yet. Its teeth have also begun to form.
  • You may still experience nausea, however you probably know how to handle this and continue with your daily schedule by now.
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