Your little one’s retinas start to work around this week. However, don’t try and expose your belly to bright lights to see if your baby reacts - their neural circuits aren’t mature enough yet, and sensory organs are still too fragile to be stimulated like that. If you haven’t already, it is possible that you feel your baby move for the first time this week (or in the coming weeks). These movements are still very light, so don’t expect massive sensations. Be on the lookout for what feels like butterfly wings inside your belly. Or small bubbles. It is exciting and wonderful when it happens, but don’t worry if you haven’t felt it yet - each baby grows at a different rate. Your baby is exactly where they’re supposed to be!
If you have been experiencing food cravings you might be wondering why? It is simply a hormone-related side effect of pregnancy. You've probably noticed that certain foods seem "different" or less appetising. Others, however, feel like they are indispensable! Welcome to your body while pregnant. No rhyme or reason to it. Just do your best to think “moderation” in all you eat. Remember eating a wide variety of foods helps you to get all the nutrients you need.
Gone are the days of enjoying that cocktail by the pool or glass or red with your pasta ....well just for a bit anyway. The safest option during pregnancy is to abstain from drinking alcohol all together. Alcohol can cross the placenta to your baby which is not a good thing. Now is a great time to try some of those amazing mocktails on menus, or simply sparkling water with lemon or lime.
You’ve been told to consume lots of calcium-rich foods to strengthen your bones and those of your baby but what do you do in case of lactose intolerance? You just have to be more creative to get your needs met. A lot of people with lactose intolerance can still continue to eat hard cheese or yogurt (the lactose is largely removed by lactic acid-fermenting ‘good’ bacteria). There are also lactose-reduced and lactose-free milks. Besides dairy products, some foods have added calcium, such as some breads and juices; check the food package to be sure. Dark and leafy green vegetables and dried beans are also sources of calcium. Talk to your health care professional if you don’t feel you are meeting your calcium needs, there may be a supplement that could help and is appropriate during pregnancy.