This week your baby’s sense of touch falls into place. They are able to open their mouth, and even frown! Toenails are beginning to develop. And with a dermis under the epidermis, their skin is continuing to develop. The thyroid works and is now manufacturing thyroid hormone. From this week, your baby starts to get a whole lot more active inside you, and their movements are more coordinated. Your little one is now about 9 cm in length from coccyx to crown.
If you’re feeling good right now, and a lot of women do during their second trimester, take advantage of it. This is a great time to travel, to do things with your partner. You might not be able to do it later on in your pregnancy. It is also the perfect time to reward yourself – with a visit to the hairdresser, or an evening out with friends. You got over the first hurdle! So whatever is fun for you, take the time to treat yourself.
This week we are calling your attention to good, old-fashioned protein. Are you getting enough each day? Protein is essential for both you and your growing baby. It helps transport nutrients in the body and in the building and repair of healthy tissues, and supports the healthy development and maintenance of muscles and bones. Protein is found in foods of both animal and plant origins. Animal proteins are rich in all the amino acids that the body cannot produce and are therefore essential in our diet.
No single food of plant origin, contains all of the essential amino acids. Vegetarian diets can provide vegetable-sourced proteins and eating different types of combinations of proteins at the same meal, such as grains, legumes, and nuts, as well as through dairy and egg proteins if those foods are part of the diet, all of the essential amino acids can be part of your diet. Make sure you let your doctor know if you are vegetarian or vegan.
Maternity clothes are probably something you have managed without so far. And there might still be time before you need more breathing room in your waistbands. It can’t hurt to have a look around ahead of time, and perhaps go shopping with a friend. One thing to buy now are some comfortable support bras, with adjustable straps if possible. Because your breasts are still growing, there should be nothing to constrict you or pinch you. You might want to wait a little while before getting a “proper” pregnancy or breastfeeding bra. In a few weeks’ time you might need a larger size thanks to your rapidly developing baby!