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Special Maternity Clothes (II), Brands and Stores

Promise is a debt. There goes the second article about brands and maternity clothes stores. I recommend you read the first part in which I give you some tidbits. I forgot to tell you that while I was preparing this extensive article I discovered some stores that had been closed by the crisis. What a pity. I’d like to know how much clothing prepamama comprasteis? during your pregnancy Before answering I write here all the information and pictures of the collections fall and winter 2012 2013. Keep reading friends. Continue reading Special Maternity Clothes (II), Brands and Stores

Last Month of Pregnancy: 7 Tips To Relieve The Symptoms

Last Month, All Ready For The Baby’s Arrival. Now Is Remain Quiet For Arrival Of The Newest Member Of The Family.

Last month of GravidezQuando pregnancy is heading for the last month, perhaps for pregnant women is the longest gestation period. The belly this big, causing discomfort to even simple movements: lower, sleep and others. Continue reading Last Month of Pregnancy: 7 Tips To Relieve The Symptoms

I'm Pregnant. Can I Dye My Hair?

We spoke to a Hairdresser to help you know what you should and should not do in this case.

One of the most controversial issues among women involves the use or not of paints or any other chemical in the hair during the period of pregnancy. Will they do any harm to the baby that is inside the stomach? What are the consequences that the use of chemical products can bring to pregnancy? Continue reading I'm Pregnant. Can I Dye My Hair?

6 Weeks Pregnancy

After six weeks of pregnancy, your baby is only a few millimeters, but now your heart beats fast and strong. If you hear it during a medical examination or ultrasound test, it sounds something like accelerated a horse galloping. The speed of your heartbeat is normal for this gestational stage.

  • Your baby measures: between 0.08 and 0.16 inches (2 to 5 mm)
  • More or less of the size: an Apple seed

Even so of tiny, your baby develops to giant steps. This week they begin to form facial, like eyes and nose features, and the small holes where are his ears. Also started its development the extremities, digestive and respiratory systems, the brain, muscles and bones.

Prenatal care

Prenatal care is the health care you receive in a systematic manner during your pregnancy. The early and consistent care throughout the pregnancy is key to ensure your well-being and that of your baby.

It is ideal to start your antenatal care before becoming pregnant, when you begin to plan your pregnancy.

However, since the majority of pregnancies are unplanned, you must start it as soon as possible, by between six to eight weeks of pregnancy, according to the official of the Department of health guidelines of United States.

If you have a normal and high-risk pregnancy, appointments are usually monthly in the first months, and more often during the last weeks of pregnancy. At every appointment, your doctor carries out evaluations of routine, like your blood pressure, weight, urine testing and measurement of your uterus. Occasionally, you must also perform additional tests to diagnose or rule out the risk of having complications. Learn more about these and other important details on antenatal care on .


11 Weeks of Pregnancy

Looking for two coins of five U.S. cents (nickels) and place them in the Palm of your hand. This is what your baby weighs on the 11 weeks of pregnancy. And the most amazing thing of all is that with just 10 grams of weight, your little already nearly looks like the baby you will have in your arms in a few months.

  • Your baby measures: between 1.5 and 2 inches (3.81-5 centimeters)
  • More or less of the size of: your thumb

Your baby

Eleven weeks pregnant your baby looks like a tiny version of the small that you’ll soon have arms. Although his head is still larger than the rest of his body, his torso starts to lengthen and straighten, and limbs are long and thin. This week also separate fingers of the hands and feet (before were United by a membrane, like the fingers of ducks or frogs).

Much remains to make it breathe on their own, but already his nose has open nostrils. Your ears will take its final form and there are hair follicles, where his hair come in the following months.

Your little mouth has a well-formed tongue and palate. The diaphragm also begins to develop, and soon your baby will have hiccups. Once you can feel its movements, in a few weeks, you can also feel when you have hiccups.

Their external genitalia continue their development and soon will be identifiable. Your baby, if you are a woman, also develops her ovaries near this week.

As it grows, your child also learns to manipulate her body. At 11 weeks of pregnancy some bones begin to harden and already your little can open and close your hands, move their limbs, swallow, move her mouth, stretching his back, and take turns in your uterus. Missing a few weeks so that you can feel all of this activity, but you can be sure that your baby is very busy all day.

Your body

If you have two or more pregnancies, or are very thin texture, perhaps you start to notice your belly around this week – and insurance your pants have done so you know in advance!

For first-time moms, the belly will take longer to notice, perhaps around four or five months pregnant.

With the changes in your body also come changes in your wardrobe, and it is the perfect time for a shopping trip to maternal clothing store. Perhaps in a home not you consider it necessary, but takes into account that your pregnancy clothes use it only a few months, and if you want to get out of this inevitable investment, it is not such a bad idea to start using it before.


21 Weeks of Pregnancy

If half plus one is most, then, to reach the 21 weeks of pregnancy because you are in the final phase of your waiting. This week your baby continues to juggle in your womb thanks to his muscle development, and you can also have a taste of your meals through the amniotic fluid.

  • Your baby measures: 10.5 inches (a little more than 26 cm)
  • More or less than the height of: a box of cereal.
  • Weight: 13 oz (369 g), what weighs more or less a soccer ball.

Your baby

Did you already feel your baby’s movements? Pregnant women, especially mothers experienced, most manage to identify the subtle movements of her small at this point. At the beginning they are small flutters in your abdomen, something like gas or butterflies in the stomach, and increase in intensity as your baby grows (see instructions to feel your baby’s movements at 18 weeks of pregnancy).

If you don’t feel your baby move at the first attempt, be calm, maybe that you sleeping.

At its 21 weeks gestation, your little has a similar sleep cycle to the of a newborn, and can sleep between 12 and 14 hours a day.

The taste of your baby for food and the preference of flavors begins to form from the womb. Around 21 weeks of pregnancy, the taste buds of your baby start your development and your baby can prove everything that comes through the amniotic fluid which swallows. Therefore if you like spicy food, it is likely that your baby would prefer it also because it has already had a taste before he was born.

Other milestones in its development this week:

  • The marrow of your little is already formed and began to produce red blood cells.
  • His eyelids are well formed and remain closed.

Your body

Around these dates you can see one of those little attractive second-trimester pregnancy symptoms: stretch marks. It’s a color pink or purple scars (then changed to white or coffee) that appear as a result of a sudden stretch your skin. Most frequently appear in the abdomen, but you can also have them in the chest, hips, buttocks and back (because all your skin is stretched in a pregnancy).

You can moisturize your tummy with cream skin to prevent dryness and itching, but there is little you can do to avoid the appearance of stretch marks. More than half of pregnant women have them, thanks to a genetic factor: If your mother had them during pregnancy, it is likely that you are also going to have them. A sudden and excessive weight gain or obesity in pregnancy also make you more prone to stretch marks.

The fifth month of pregnancy is an ideal time to start thinking about taking childbirth classes. There are different philosophies and methods, from those who advocate a childbirth natural without intervention of third parties, to those who want to plan and take advantage of all available medical and pharmacological resources. The most suitable type depends on you. You can ask about prenatal courses in your locality in your doctor’s office or in the hospital. You can also take a look at these resources:


17 Weeks of Pregnancy

Arriving at the 17 weeks of pregnancy your baby starts to build up fat and you gain weight (completely normal and necessary) in both cases. While your little heart beats to pace, heal rearranges to accommodate the uterus that almost reaches the level of the navel.

  • Your baby measures: 6 inches (a little more than 15 centimeters)
  • More or less of the size: the length of a U.S. dollar bill.
  • Weight: 5 oz (141 g), what weighs more or less an Apple.

Your baby

At 17 weeks of pregnancy, your baby begins to form and accumulate the fat that will give you his angelic appearance at birth. But rather than issue of look, that fat fulfills a very important function of keeping the baby’s temperature and regulate your metabolism.

In addition, at this stage the ducts in your lungs develop and prepare to inhale oxygen, although for now they do not breathe more than amniotic fluid. Your little also practiced motions necessary to swallow and suck.

If you have an ultrasound at this time perhaps you can see him doing these movements, and even taking hand to mouth.

Your heart beats 140 to 150 times per minute, double the speed of an adult heartbeat. You sounds fast, this rhythm is completely normal for gestational age. And another great advance is that his heart is now controlled by the brain.

Still harden their bones and their circulatory and urinary systems are in operation.

As your baby grows and gains strength, its umbilical cord is also extended and strengthened to meet the increasing demands of a larger baby.

Your body

Your belly is already evident and you can have increased between five and ten pounds (of 2.25 to 4.5 kilograms). As already nausea are gone, your appetite takes effect and cravings can do his thing. Although worry you get too weight, tries to focus on the quality of the food, not limit amount. From now on, it is now normal that increase around one pound (0.45 kilograms) per week (more on this topic on How is distributed weight in pregnancy?).

As your uterus grows, other organs in your body are reacomodados. Your intestines, for example, begin to push back and side of your trunk (with the inevitable side effect on your digestive system).

Although much remains for childbirth, there is something you can be doing to better prepare you: Kegel exercises. It is contractions of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Put in simpler terms, what you do is tighten your internal muscles as if you were urinating and you want to interrupt the flow.

Kegel exercises help prevent urinary incontinence caused by pregnancy, improve circulation in the lower area of your body and strengthen the muscles to facilitate the second stage of labor.


15 Weeks of Pregnancy

To the 15 weeks of pregnancy your little keeps busy practicing their movements, large and small. Meanwhile, you occupy your time getting you to symptoms of pregnancy in the second trimester.

  • Your baby measures: 4.5 inches
  • More or less of the size: the diameter of a compact disc.
  • Weight: 2.5 ounces (70 grams), the same that half cup of flour

Your baby

Your baby spends his days very busy, develop, grow, and move – your new favorite pastime. Meet 15 weeks of pregnancy, your little already has the ability to move all parts of your body, and loves to kick, move arms, thumb sucking and spinning in your belly. Also has greater control over small movements, as his mouth (swallowing amniotic fluid) and respiratory system (with which practice the movements needed to breathe, although it will not do so until after birth).

If you are a veteran in this pregnancy, perhaps start to feel the movements of your little these days or in the coming weeks.

At the beginning it is difficult to identify them, as they are subtle sensations in your abdomen. Many mothers describe them as tingling, bubbles or butterflies in the stomach, as they are almost imperceptible. They are frequently confused with sounds and normal movements of your digestive, such as hunger or gas system. Moms probably notice the movements of your baby around 20 weeks of pregnancy.

This week the taste buds of your baby develops. Also your little acquires the ability to perceive light, although his eyes remain closed.

Your body

In pregnancy, your heart works by two. See more. At this point, it is pumping 20% extra blood for your baby, and this percentage reaches 50% of your normal blood flow at the end of your pregnancy.

Other normal symptoms in the second trimester of pregnancy:

  • Pregnant brain. Difficulty concentrating, distraction and lack of memory, due in part to the hormones of pregnancy. This is somewhat controversial, as not all women experience it, and there are so many studies that they refute it as others confirming it.
  • Sensitive gums. The hormones of pregnancy are also responsible for your gums swell and be more sensitive. A little bleeding in the gums when you brush you teeth or using dental floss is normal, but more severe bleeding requires care, because it may be sign of complications.
  • Bleeding in the nose. Due to excessive blood flow in your body during pregnancy, blood vessels expand and you can have slight bleeding.
  • Nasal congestion (rhinitis of pregnancy). High levels of estrogen in pregnancy do to mucous membranes to swell.
  • Skin changes. Your skin can darken in certain areas, have acne, more hair, stretch marks, itching and excessive sweating.
  • Indigestion and acidity. Because pregnancy hormones and changes in the position of your stomach as growing your uterus.
  • Pain in the lower part of the abdomen. These discomforts are common as the muscles and ligaments in your lower abdomen are stretched and must support the weight of your uterus.

As part of your prenatal tests, between 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy you can have the test triple scan, which is a blood test that determines the probability that your baby suffer chromosomal abnormalities. This test is recommended for all pregnant women. Although their results indicate only a probability, is the starting point that your doctor uses to determine if you need additional tests such as amniocentesis.


14 Weeks of Pregnancy

When you reach the 14 weeks of pregnancy your little begins to grow rapidly. This week he grew up half an inch! And this is only the beginning of the big steps that will give your baby now.

  • Your baby measures: 3.5-inch (8.89 cm)
  • More or less of the size of: your closed fist, or the length of the tube of lip gloss that you have in your portfolio.
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces (45 grams), which weighs a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.

Your baby

Little by little, your baby is taking greater control of their movements. They are now more subtle, rather than the spasms of a few weeks ago. Your little also begins to move fingers of hands and foot. And in addition to put the finger in the mouth, now your little can suck it, because the muscles in your mouth and the instinct of suction have been developed.

This week your baby also manages to control the muscles of the face, so it already can make you funny faces, faces of anger and smiles, although by now are more to impulses that emotions.

Your little hair begins to sprout in these days, both in his head and eyebrows. Also appears the lanugo, a layer of very fine hair covering his body to protect it and keep it warm. Usually the lanugo disappears before the baby is born, although you may have traces of it even after birth (you can see a photo of lanugo in would look like a newborn? )

It is surprising to see how your baby goes from being a small embryo to acquire the look that will be at birth. His arms have been stretched and finally have the correct ratio. His face has also evolved in recent weeks: his eyes are already in their final location at the front of the face and ears continue their ascent to the sides head. Your baby’s neck is now clearly visible, and even begins to notice his chin.

In his digestive system, his intestines begin to work. There the first deposition that the baby will have forms called meconium (usually this happens until after birth, said indexdotcom).

Your body

Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit – between 10 and 15 centimeters in diameter- and if you have been pregnant before, perhaps you can notice your belly (new mothers tend to take a little longer to show her pregnancy, at least in the abdominal part).

To support the new weight of your uterus, your muscles begin to stretch, which could result in minor pain in the lower part of your abdomen. They often feel like jerks or mild stinging and that’s normal, but if the pain is strong, you should call your doctor right away.

Although the first symptoms of pregnancy again in the second quarter, this stage also brings a series of unequivocal signs of pregnancy, such as changes in your skin. Patches on your face, cheeks, forehead, nose and around your mouth (known as pregnancy mask), and a line of dark brown color that goes through your belly (called black line) may arise. These changes are due to the pregnancy hormones, causing excess pigmentation. You might also notice acne, hair in unwanted places, and veins and most visible blood vessels (more information at: changes in the skin in pregnancy )).

If you have an appointment for prenatal care with your doctor likely to you speak of amniocentesis, a test in which a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis is extracted. Its objective is to diagnose or rule out birth defects such as Down syndrome and spina bifida, among others. Because it carries a slight risk, this test is not required and is only recommended in cases of high-risk pregnancy or if any previous test indicates that you are in danger of any of these conditions. Usually amniocentesis is performed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, so you need a few weeks to think about whether to take it or not.


13 Weeks of Pregnancy

Welcome to the second trimester of pregnancy, the stage in which you recover your energy, nausea decreased, your belly is barely noticeable, you can still sleep and do your normal activities, and is not so much discomfort.

To start the quarter with the right foot – literally – at 13 weeks of pregnancy, your little begins to move their limbs with greater control, and can even be the finger to the mouth.

  • Your baby measures: 3-inch (7.62 cm)
  • More or less of the size of: your middle finger (central).
  • Weight: one ounce (28.3 grams), more or less the same thing that a slice of square pan or five coins of 25 U.S. cents (quarters)

Your baby

This week your baby starts to play with his hands and legs. Thanks to the development of their muscles and bones, you already have the ability to move his limbs and up to put the finger in the mouth. His hands and feet also achieve two major goals: your baby already have ankles, wrists and fingerprints.

His eyelids are now closed to protect the eyes of your little during its development.

If you see on an ultrasoundimage, his head is still large as the rest of your body (more or less half of its length is the head), but from this stage initiates a lug and little by little your baby begins to take more normal dimensions.

The external genital of your baby are already visible, although your doctor will probably want to wait as it be distinguished more clearly in an ultrasound (after four months of pregnancy) prior to tell you if you should buy pink or blue.

Other advances in the development of your baby to reach the 13 weeks of pregnancy:

  • Their intestines are better located within the abdominal cavity (instead of his umbilical cord).
  • Your pancreas starts secreting insulin.
  • Dental buds (those “seeds” that will become your teeth) have been formed within the gums, although it will be several months after the birth before they leave.

Your body

Reach the thirteen weeks of pregnancy have lower risk of early loss or miscarriage, so you can breathe a little more quiet. In addition, you start the calmer part of your pregnancy, you feel less tired and decrease nausea – in most cases-.

While pregnancy symptoms tend to disappear in the second quarter, some less fortunate women should support them for some more time. Can they extend only a few weeks, but some mothers report feeling bad for months and even throughout the pregnancy.

The most severe cases of nausea in pregnancy can become hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition in which nausea are persistent and excessive, and may lead to dehydration, malnutrition and the need for hospitalization to the mother. You can know the characteristics of this disease, its symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment in Hiperemsis Gravidarum: when the nausea in pregnancy are extreme.

The fourth month of pregnancy also marks the start of a second round of pregnancy symptoms. Your vagina begins to secrete leukorrhea, a whitish light flow and with a faint odor (is not very strong, even if it seems due to the super sense of smell that you develop in pregnancy). The function of the vaginal discharge is to protect the vaginal canal of bacteria and infection, and is completely normal. If vaginal discharge becomes large, dense and strong odor and causes you itching or burning, tell your doctor to rule out a vaginal infection. On the other hand, a clear liquid fluid could be amniotic fluid, and this requires immediate attention (more information at: do normal symptoms of pregnancy or warning?) Vaginal).

Usually the second quarter is the time in which pregnant women are beginning to gain weight, especially if nausea prevented it to you in the previous months. Even though you have every right to overeat, do not overdo. In fact, in the second quarter you don’t need more than 300 additional calories a day. More about nutrition and your diet in pregnancy:

  • Your pregnancy diet: weight, calories and the ideal menu
  • Your pregnancy diet: the nutrients you need
  • How distributed is weight in pregnancy?

Regarding the progress of your pregnancy, reaching 13 weeks already the placenta is fully operational, provides your baby of oxygen and nutrients, eliminates waste, and produces the hormones progesterone and estrogen, which helps keep your pregnancy. A curious fact about the placenta: 13 weeks of pregnancy, the placenta weighs more or less the same as your baby (one ounce or 28.3 grams).


20 Weeks of Pregnancy

They have been a long 20 weeks of pregnancy, but you already spent half of waiting. From now on your pregnancy is more tangible, from the size of your belly and the baby’s movements, to the imminence of arrival and preparations.

  • Your baby measures: 10 inches (a little more than 25 centimeters)
  • More or less of the size of: your forearm (wrist to elbow).
  • Weight: 10 ounces (283 grams), what weighs more or less a volleyball ball.

Your baby

Perhaps you noticed that the 20 week pregnancy 19 the measure of the size of your baby increased significantly. Those inches more are actually the result of a change in the way of measuring your little. Before, when his legs were developing and crushed against the chest, according to this blog,  it was more difficult to measure them, by what sizes them were taken from head to their buttocks. Now that your little tips are clearly formed, it is possible to measure them with an ultrasound to more accurately know your size.

This will be the measure used until its birth.

Did you know that your baby swallows amniotic fluid from 12 weeks of pregnancy and eliminated through urine. However, from now on, part of the digested amniotic fluid accumulates in your intestines to become meconium. Meconium is the first stool of the baby; What will be the first time that soiled her diaper after birth (or before, in some cases). It is a substance of black and dark green, and viscous consistency.

If your baby is a girl, her uterus is already well formed and contains all the eggs in her life (million by now, although that amount gradually decreases). In addition, it begins to form the vaginal canal.

In men, the testicles begin his descent from the abdomen into the scrotum, which is in the process of formation.

The skin of your small, which until now was thin and almost transparent, starts to develop different layers and increase its thickness.

Your body

Remember that navel sexy you lucías with your bikinis? To reach this stage of pregnancy, your navel start to be reversed, and goes from being a perfect dimple in your abdomen to look more like a small mound exposed by the pressure of the belly that grows.

At 20 weeks of pregnancy, your navel also marks the height of the bottom of your uterus, which also reaches the half of your abdomen to reach half of the pregnancy (if you want to feel it, follow the instructions detailed at 18 weeks of pregnancy).

Your nails and hair are growing fast and strong, thanks to pregnancy hormones. Unfortunately, that means that the hair in unwanted places is growing in greater numbers and faster too. Both symptoms are passengers, and will disappear after birth (visit this link)).

If you have not done so yet, this week, you can have your anatomical ultrasound of half of the pregnancy. For you, it’s a chance to see your little and know their sex. Your doctor, on the other hand, pending your baby, your position, structural abnormalities, flow measurements by the umbilical cord, placenta, its organs, amount of amniotic fluid and other details that reveal the optimal development of your little (you can interest: are safe in pregnancy ultrasound? )).

Your weight gain can already walk about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms), and until the end of your pregnancy will continue increasing from 0, 5-1 pound (0, 22-0, 45 kg) per week. Not all these pounds more will your tummy; in reality, the weight in pregnancy is distributed throughout your body.


12 Weeks of Pregnancy

At the end of the 12 weeks of pregnancy decreases the risk of having an early loss – a reason to celebrate! In addition, in the majority of cases, it means the end of nausea and early pregnancy symptoms.

  • Your baby measures: about 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters)
  • More or less of the size: the width of your credit card.
  • Weight: half ounce (14 grams), the same as a tablespoon of sugar.

Your baby

In week 12 of pregnancy, your baby develops your reflexes, and is your first chance to interact with him. If you punzas your uterus with a finger – not very hard – your baby can react to changing positions. Maybe not notes, it is too early to feel its movements, but your little known to have a Mommy in the outside world eager to play with him.

It is also a very important stage in your digestive system. Starting this week at the mouth, his vocal cords are formed and your little develops reflex that allows you to swallow.

Meanwhile, their digestive system practice contractions needed to process the food, although by now – and for six months more – simply swallowing amniotic fluid.

Of course, everything you eat your baby must remove it. This week come into operation your bladder and kidneys, where it passes the urine to be discarded by her body. The urine is expelled into the amniotic fluid, and even if you sound a bit unpleasant, do not have to worry.

So far, his intestines were so extensive that they interfered with the umbilical cord, but this week begin to settle better into the abdominal cavity.

Other milestones in the development of your baby to meet the 12 weeks of gestation:

  • Their eyes are placed in front of your face, not on the sides, as at the beginning.
  • The pituitary gland, which secretes hormones essential for their growth and reproductive system comes into operation.
  • Your body begins to produce essential, white blood cells to fight infections and bacteria.
  • Thanks to the development of your reflexes, your baby begins to open and close your hands.

Your body

Your baby grows quickly with your uterus also. This week your uterus already exceeds your pubic bone and your doctor can feel it by feeling your abdomen. This is how it is measured in each appointment of prenatal care from now: from the pubic bone to the bottom (where it becomes your uterus in your abdomen). This measure is used as an indicator of the progress of your pregnancy and your baby’s growth.

If you’re going to make you a chorionic biopsy, you must do it this week to take. Chorionic biopsy, also known as chorionic villus sampling test, is an optional test that your doctor may recommend to diagnose or rule out more than 200 genetic or chromosomal disorders. Since it carries a small risk of miscarriage, this is only done if you have a pregnancy with complications or high risk, as is the case with pregnancy after age 35, when you have prenatal tests abnormal detection or you’ve had another baby with congenital or chromosomal defects.

Due to the risk of the first weeks of pregnancy, many mothers decide to wait until the twelfth week to announce your pregnancy. If you have not done so yet, here are a few ideas to make known the good news.


10 Weeks Pregnancy

To accomplish ten weeks of pregnancy, your baby is no longer an embryo and becomes fetus, title leading up to the day of his birth. Already their vital organs begin to operate and your baby must now develop, grow and gain weight – and you also!

  • Your baby measures: between 1.25 to 1.68 inches (between 31 and 42 mm)
  • More or less of the size of: your second toe

Your baby

Your baby barely weighs 4 grams, the same as a soda with butter (saltine cracker cookie).

And at the low age of ten weeks, already finished the most critical stage of their training. Congratulations to both!

Their tiny organs (heart, kidneys, intestines, brain and liver) are already working, and continue to grow the rest of the pregnancy.

His body is protected by skin, which at this time is almost transparent and can see their nerves and spine.

It also begins to form the lanugo, which is a layer of very fine hairs that covers your baby’s skin until the last months of pregnancy.

The extremities of your baby go through big changes. This week begin to form the knees and elbows, and it takes not to use them – their movements are becoming stronger, although you may not even feel them. In the fingers of his hands and feet are small nails that will continue to grow and will have to be cut as soon as it is born. Click here for more.

Thin and translucent eyelids protect the eyes of your baby, so far can be opened. Their ears, which so far were badly holes will take final shape and position.

Within your gums are small bumps that someday will become teeth.

Meanwhile, his mouth practice the very important task of swallowing, although the only thing that swallows amniotic fluid.

The external genitalia continue their development and are taking the form of vagina or penis, although it is not yet possible to distinguish them with certainty. If your baby is male, already produces testosterone.

With all these changes, your little begins to look like a baby instead of deformed embryo used to be. It’s a good time to have an ultrasound (also known as Monogram or ultrasound) to see it more clearly.

Your body

At ten weeks of pregnancy, the external changes in your body go almost unnoticed, but inside, you go through a radical transformation:

  • Your uterus is already two times larger than it was before the pregnancy.
  • Much of your energy is directed to the formation of the placenta.
  • In your mouth, your glands produce more saliva.
  • Your circulatory system adapts to the 25-40% of extra blood flowing through your body during pregnancy.
  • Although your uterus does not even cover much space in your abdominal area, yes it interferes with the functioning of your bladder and bowels. This, plus the famous pregnancy hormones, cause you need to urinate more frequently and make you feel “inflated” because you digieres your food more slowly.


9 Weeks of Pregnancy

In its short life, your baby has grown by leaps and bounds, and arriving at the nine weeks of pregnancy reaches an important goal: your little has all of their vital organs.

The third month of pregnancy is also the end of the toughest stage, at least in terms of the first symptoms of pregnancy.

  • Your baby measures: between 0.9 and 1.2 inches (between 22 and 30 mm)
  • More or less of the size: a prune

Your baby

All your baby’s vital organs have initiated its process of formation, and from now on should mature to become operational when it is born.

If you could see it, notaries your little a bit disproportionate: his head is bigger than the rest of your body. This is normal and is due to the rapid development of the brain and head during the first weeks. You would also see a complete with nose profile, although now it is nothing more than a small lump.

These are other advances in the development of your little to meet nine weeks of pregnancy:

  • The follicles from which will leave your hair are formed.
  • They begin to form the internal reproductive organs.
  • Muscles begin their training, and it will soon begin to use them.
  • Their elbows and toes are most evident.
  • The heart begins to divide into four chambers or cardiac Chambers.

Your body

Even if your belly is not yet evident, your waist Yes reveals the changes in your body. This is the first sign of weight gain in pregnancy.

During the nine months of pregnancy, you can earn between 25 and 35 pounds, but this does not mean that your physical condition must suffer the consequences.

As you don’t have a high risk pregnancy or your doctor not contraindicated it, exercises in pregnancy are allowed and even recommended. In fact, the centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC for its acronym in English) recommend that you make an aerobic activity of moderate intensity 150 minutes a week.

If you are a regular athlete, you can continue with your routines provided you take basic precautions to avoid falls and front shocks, excessive heat and lift heavy objects, among others.

The most recommended exercises for pregnant women are walking, yoga, Pilates, swimming and the stationary bicycle. Find all the details about the exercises allowed during pregnancy, precautions and limitations on Yoga in pregnancy and I do pregnancy exercises?.

Prenatal care

During the third month of pregnancy your doctor may offer you a test called chorionic biopsy or analysis of chorionic villus sampling. The goal is to diagnose genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome and Tay-Sachs disease. The test is optional and is recommended only if there are genetic factors that worry you, because it involves a libero risk of miscarriage (1%). The procedure is similar to an amniocentesis.


18 Weeks of Pregnancy

At 18 weeks of pregnancy is a moment you’ve been waiting for from the beginning: you can already feel your baby’s movements!

  • Your baby measures: 6.5 inch (little more than 16 cm)
  • More or less of the size: the cordless phone in your home.
  • Weight: 7 oz (198 g), what weighs more or less a tube of toothpaste.

Your baby

Your baby is very busy doing manoeuvres: legs, arms and even his face begin to use their muscles and practice moves for the real world. If you’re lucky, you can see them in an ultrasound test, from kicks and twists, to yawns and hiccups and facial expressions (and sex, if you still don’t know it).

To 18 weeks of pregnancy, already many mothers can feel the juggling of their small, but identify them can cost you a little at the beginning. To feel them, you try to lie down and relax for a while, and pays attention to the sensations in your lower abdominal. Mothers are described as a bubbling, gas or butterflies in the stomach.

If you can not on the first attempts, don’t miss the calm or panic. It may be that your little sleeping at that time. As your pregnancy progresses the movements are more marked, and will be able to feel when your baby has hiccups.

In addition, this week your little fingerprints are formed and emerges a protective covering around nerve called myelin. Its function is to facilitate the rapid transmission of impulses to the brain. The appearance of your little continues its evolution, with ears in its final position and his eyes are located towards the front (not so much sideways, as before).

In girls, will complete the formation of the uterus and fallopian tubes. While in males, their external genitalia are clearly visible.

Your body

Week 18 of pregnancy brings you beautiful moments, but also headaches and new inconveniences. For example, you can suffer:

  • Back pain caused by the weight of the uterus.
  • Leg pain from the pressure of your uterus puts on your sciatic nerve
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles by the retention of liquids
  • Dizziness due to your low blood pressure and change in your center of gravity as your belly is growing.
  • In addition to the typical symptoms of pregnancy in the second trimester

The best remedy for all these ailments is the rest. Remember that your body works twice when you are pregnant (form a little person requires effort!), and you deserve a NAP. That Yes, when you lie down, try to do it on your left side to relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve and the inferior vena cava (which affects your blood pressure and flow of nutrients, oxygen and blood to the placenta).

If you have not taken it yet, an anatomical ultrasound is necessary in week 18 of pregnancy to verify appropriate your little growth. If you don’t want to know the sex of your baby, communicate your preference to the physician, technician, nurses and much person is involved for anyone to be out by mistake.

This week is also is the recommended deadline for two prenatal testing:

  • The triple scan test, a blood test that evaluates the possibility of your baby suffering from chromosomal anomalies.
  • Amniocentesis (if they require it).

Know that…? Your doctor measures your uterus at every appointment of prenatal care as an indicator of the growth of your baby and your pregnancy development. You can also do this exercise to get an idea of the progress of your belly.

You need a soft tape measure, such as those used for sewing, with marks for the cm. Follow these steps:

  1. It is your pubic bone, which is located at the top of the pubic hair.
  2. Place your tape measure with zero on your pubic bone. Every centimetre represents a week of pregnancy, then locates the number in centimeters equivalent to the gestational age of your baby and begins to feel the area gently. The bottom of your uterus can be located four centimeters above or below your measurement (as point of reference, if you are 17 weeks pregnant, your uterus almost reaches the level of your navel).
  3. Your uterus feel round and firm, and you can feel until you arrive where to locate its fund. Remember not to press hard.


8 Weeks Pregnancy

Arriving at the eight weeks of pregnancy, your baby achieves an important goal: ceases to be considered an embryo and fetus, name that will take the rest of their intrauterine life (until the birth) is now called.

  • Your baby measures: between 0.80 and 0.56 inch (between 1.42 and 2 cm)
  • More or less of the size: a grape

Your baby

At eight weeks of pregnancy your baby grows at the incredible speed of a millimeter per day, that is faster than the rest of your life will grow it!

Moreover, your little begins to look more like a baby. His facial features are more defined, including the lips, nose and eyelids. His eyes also have color, but you will not know for certain their final color until several weeks after birth.

Now your baby begins to be more active, but their movements are still visible. With the development of limbs, are elbows, wrists and the beginning of little fingers. Remember that your baby seemed to have a tail at the end of your spine during their first weeks of gestation?

That also fades.

Your baby’s kidneys are already functioning, which means that now your baby urinate (and does). While in the womb, your baby waste are released into processing or amniotic fluid through the umbilical cord.

Their genitalia begin to develop, but it will be several weeks before they can identify in an ultrasound image to know their sex.

Your body

You can not make even your pregnancy clothes, but perhaps it is time to loosen those skinny jeans. During the first quarter you can increase and a five pound total (between 450 grams and 2.3 kilograms), one pound per week in the second and third quarters. Part increase it in reserve of fat, protein and nutrients, increase in breast, amniotic fluid and fluid retention, but also in greater blood flow you need during pregnancy (you can interest: How is distributed in pregnancy weight? )).

If your pregnancy is not the time to worry about weight gain, yes you should seek to bring a nutritious diet and stay active. This helps the well-being of your pregnancy, to care for your physical condition for the hour of birth and lose weight after pregnancy. I recommend this website.


5 Weeks Pregnancy

Despite his young age, at five weeks pregnant , your baby begins the process of formation of their vital organs, like the heart, spinal cord, muscles, bones and the circulatory system.

  • Your baby measures: 0.05 inch (1.27 mm)
  • More or less of the size: a sesame or flax seed

His head is the largest part of your body and do not have limbs, so its appearance is often compared to the one of a tadpole.

The placenta, responsible for nurturing your baby, give oxygen and remove debris begins to form, as well as the umbilical cord.

Symptoms of pregnancy

It will be many weeks before your pregnancy is visible, but you can reveal your symptoms. These are some of the first symptoms of pregnancy:

  • Changes in the appearance and sensitivity of your breasts. One of the first physical changes occurs in your breasts. Around five weeks of pregnancy, you may notice that your areolas, those dark circles surrounding the nipple, enlarge and darken. Also appear small eruptions in this area, like tiny pimples. And in a short time you will notice that your breasts are large and full, and the veins around them are more visible.
  • Extreme fatigue. To a small train requires energy, and suddenly eight hours of sleep is no longer sufficient. Be very careful when driving and comes to rest.
  • Aches or nausea. Hormonal changes are responsible for the dizziness and nausea in pregnancy. Generally these occur during the first trimester of pregnancy and disappear around the 12th week of pregnancy. They can occur at any time of the day and tend to be accompanied by discomfort. In extreme cases, nausea can be called hyperemesis Gravidarum and require medical attention or hospitalization.

For a complete list of the symptoms of pregnancy, I recommend mcat-test-centers:

  • Symptoms of pregnancy: first trimester
  • Pregnancy symptoms: early days (before the menstruation is missing you)
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • 12 remedies to relieve nausea in pregnancy

It confirms your pregnancy

For the fifth week of pregnancy you have seven days of delay in your menstrual period. If you think you are pregnant and still not confirm your status, take a home pregnancy test or go to the doctor. This helps you eliminate the anxiety, but, more important still, to start your pregnancy and your prenatal care.