You are through the first quarter of your pregnancy. By this time, you start to have visible bodily changes in the outside as well. Now after the unpleasant sensations, you will experience some of its benefits too: your skin gets smoother, your face is radiant and you look rejuvenated.
The expectant mother
Your tummy is visibly curvier and your waist keeps on getting wider. Your gums might become tender and more prone to inflammation. Nausea and dizziness might still persist for a couple of weeks, but now you really will not have to suffer from them long. The level of HCG hormones continues to rise until week 12, then it will become stagnant. Your heart, lungs and kidneys work harder.Upload in progress
The average size of the baby is 27-35 mm, and his weight is around 4 grams. His eyelids are fused together and his eyes will remain closed until weeks 25-27. His genitals are becoming more distinct. The biggest event of the week is the disappearance of the tail. His outer ears and upper lip become fully developed and his toes are separated. The baby’s heart is also fully-fledged and some of his internal organs have started working. His 20 milk teeth stems are recognizable in his jaw bone and now he can feel the amniotic fluid around him through his skin. Two aortas and two varicose veins are running through the length of the umbilical cord, supplying the baby with nutrition.
There are still no recommended examinations.
Your breasts start to swell right from the beginning of the pregnancy and they might be 2-3 sizes bigger than before by the time you give birth. As a result of the growth, stretch marks might appear all over your body, especially on your breasts and belly. In order to avoid them as much as you can, it is recommended to start massaging these areas of your body with oils and lotions early on.
It is highly debated whether an expectant mother should be allowed to work during her pregnancy, and if yes, until which week. There is not a single and universally applicable answer to this question, as some women do not feel any different than usual during the first few months, while others are experiencing the hardest part of their pregnancy. The point is that you should not consider your condition as an illness; expecting a baby is a natural and wonderful time of your life. You might have to apply some minor adjustments to your lifestyle, but do not suddenly give up your previous rhythm.