Guess what? Your baby is now starting to develop skin! Plus, amazingly all the other organs while still tiny, are already in place. Optic nerves are developing and their head is now well formed, though still much larger than the rest of the body. The heart and liver are taking up a lot of room now. Arms and legs are lengthening, and the little ‘tail' will soon disappear. In the next couple of weeks, ‘webbed’ hands and feet will make room for proper, well separated fingers and toes. What a busy time!
At 6 weeks, your baby is around the size of a lentil and is busy forming their skin and a two-chambered heart. Your baby now has the early forms of their arms and legs.
You are well on your way, with your baby due in around 33 weeks. Many women have to shift down a gear around this time. Some of the less-than-pleasant side effects of pregnancy might be rearing their heads, such as:
- the much talked-about nausea from morning sickness,
- sleeping problems,
- and mood changes which can arise because of hormonal changes in your body.
Still, don’t push yourself too much right now. Being pregnant may not be an illness, but there is still a strain on your body. When possible, take an extra break here or there.
Iodine is an essential trace element, and during pregnancy your iodine requirements increase. Iodine deficiency can have negative consequences on an unborn child so it's important you're meeting your body’s needs, and your unborn child’s needs through diet and supplementation. You can get iodine in your diet from:
- Dairy products
- Iodised salt instead of regular table salt
Check with your health care professional if iodine is a nutrient of concern in your case.
Been wondering if you can or should stay physically active during pregnancy? The short answer is yes! If you've already been running regularly, chances are great you can continue as long as you feel good while doing it. Of course, speak to your doctor first. Stop running if you haven’t been gaining enough weight, you feel nauseous while running or if you are showing clear signs of slowing down. In the last trimester, many runners dial it back to fast walking. Easy does it is always a good rule when pregnant but keep active.