Overview of that week
This might be the right time to start planning to break the news if your pregnancy was a secret until this point. You might not be able to keep it a secret anymore with your growing belly. You probably will also need support from your closest friends and family once you start to get more and more pregnant.
Your baby is about 45 grams in weight and is fairly active in the womb, busy throwing punches and kicks. These early movements are extremely important to your baby as it is teaching them how to coordinate their hands and legs.
Not only is your baby practicing hand movements, but it is also learning to use their facial muscles making all kinds of faces. In some cases, the babies might even be sucking on their own thumb to soothe themselves by now.
Body changes and symptoms in mother
Symptoms like swollen ankles and feet might still bother you time and again. This is most likely to happen towards the end of the day. So, you should make sure to drink a lot of fluids and take enough rest during the day.
It might be shocking to you that you cannot stop munching on one thing or the other. Even if you are someone who doesn’t normally eat a lot, during this time of pregnancy, it is common to feel extreme hunger. Your body requires a huge amount of nutrients to support the growth of your baby.
The worst leg cramps will hit you during the night when you are least prepared for it. Most women report experiencing cramping more often in the second trimester of their pregnancy. It might be either due to the pressure or the balance in the hormones and nutrients that causes the muscles to act out. When you feel a cramp, try to stay calm and massage the legs gently and keep them warm to avoid further cramping.
Even if you have never been the candidate for sinus infections, during pregnancy your nasal passage will be blocked and stuffed. There is a spiked up progesterone level in your blood that causes your nasal passage to swell. This might make your nose dry and make it painful and difficult for you to breathe.
You will start getting used to the pregnant body by this week. With your stress reduced and symptoms eased, your libido might return. Use this increase of energy to plan for a trip with your partner and enjoy the returning energy.
What should you do and don’t
- Use a saline drop or saline rinse to help your dry nose. You can also use a humidifier.
- Take a warm bath before bed and keep your legs warm during the night to avoid cramping.
- Start using moisturizers to avoid itchiness from stretch marks.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. Include food from all the nutrition groups and avoid fried, sugary and processed food.
- Don’t forget to take your supplements.
- Visit your doctor as scheduled and do as recommended by the doctor.
- Take rests and naps during the day to avoid overworking your body.