Lots of new developments this week. Your baby can fold their own fingers, and their mouth opens and closes to swallow amniotic fluid, which is absorbed by their digestive tract and excreted as urine through the kidneys, which are functioning as-of not very long ago. Skin has cells called melanocytes that will be responsible for the pigmentation of your baby’s skin after they are born. Bones continue to form and their little skeleton is gradually coming together. And, of course, they are absolutely gorgeous!
Usually, by the end of the third month all those little ‘discomforts’ of early pregnancy begin to fade and you should find yourself feeling pretty good, hopefully! Take every opportunity to get outside, to enjoy some fresh air, even if all is not blue skies and bright sunshine. The suns’ rays filtering through the cloud layer helps in the synthesis of vitamin D, which both baby and you need (and your skin!). Have you noticed your skin looking good? Pregnancy is often very good for the skin. Hormonal changes stimulate the metabolism, making your complexion seem healthier. Keep an eye out for brown spots on the forehead or cheeks, though. These harmless pigment spots will go away by themselves about three months after the birth. The claim that they reveal whether the baby will be a boy or a girl is an old wives’ tale!
Are you a Vegetarian or Vegan? Vegetarian and vegan diets are safe during pregnancy only if they’re well planned with high-quality proteins and a good balance of whole grains, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats. If you're not sure whether you are meeting you and your baby's needs on this diet, it's worth getting it checked out by a nutrition expert such as a dietitian. You may need special pregnancy supplements to help meet your dietary needs during this time, such as Vitamin B12, Folic Acid and Iron.
A lot of women wonder whether they are gaining enough weight, too much weight, or not enough while pregnant. Weight gain varies from one woman to the next. Though only your healthcare professional can advise you on the healthiest path for you, general recommendations suggest that women starting out at a “normal” weight pre-pregnancy gain between 11.5kg and 16kg over the course of their pregnancy. But, as always, remember that every case is different! Talk more about normal weight gain with your healthcare professional.