This is the period of cravings. However, if you do not want to gain 2-3 kilos in a short time, you should learn to interpret the signs of your body correctly. Through the cravings your body always tells you what it needs, but you should keep in mind that it would never say ‘I need a bar of chocolate’. If you crave sweets, try to raise your blood sugar level by eating fruit.
The expectant mother
As a result of the increased amount of blood your body has to circulate your clearance process might speed up, making you sweat more than usual, have nasal congestions and a bigger amount of vaginal discharge. But do not worry, these symptoms will cease without a trace after you give birth. You might also develop stretch marks as a result of the sudden change in your weight and the weakening of the connective tissues.
Up until now the fetus developed rapidly. However, during this week the process slows down a little: he is approximately 18 centimeters long and his weight is about 150-160 grams, making him the same size as the placenta. The baby starts to amass fat reserve under his skin to help him keep his body temperature even after being born. The umbilical cord lengthens and thins a little to adapt to the needs of the growing baby.
There are no recommended examinations for this week but pay attention to the signs of your body. If you feel or notice anything unusual, do not hesitate to visit your gynecologist just to be on the safe side.
If you have nasal congestion, use sea salt nasal drops. The intensive vaginal discharge can be made more bearable by changing your underwear frequently and paying extra attention to intimate hygiene.
Almost every expectant mother is afraid of developing stretch marks. The best protection against them is prevention: keep massaging and applying lotion to critical areas right from the beginning of your pregnancy. This way, your skin will be prepared for the stretch, so you have a chance to avoid or at least lessen the marks. Use wheat germ oil, Aloe Vera gel or any other artificial agent-free oil and lotion.