Pregnancy Week 25

Twenty Five Weeks Pregnant

Here, you are in your last week of second trimester of your pregnancy.  Some sleepless nights are going to happen and other major changes will appear in this week. You can see more information about your body, baby and symptoms.

Baby

How big is baby at this week?

Your baby is 13.6 inches in length and has weight around1.5 pounds this week. This is going to be the size of TI-89 calculator..

Growth

Pink skin:

From now, the skin of the baby is getting pinker as the capillaries are forming under the skin and blood is get into it.

Blood vessels will also developing this week in your baby’s lungs and making him closer to that first intake of fresh air he is going to take after birth.

Sense of smell:

This week also is the beginning of your baby’s nose working and nostrils in proper manner. Through this, baby is going to start practicing breathing and breathe in amniotic fluid.

He will be able to smell the things by this week, but many of them may experience it in the third semester.

Sweating glands:

By this week, it may be possible that creases in the palms of the baby’s hand start appearing. With this, sweating glands will form in his skin very soon.

Unique fingerprints:

Now she is also getting his unique fingerprints during this week. Your baby is also improving the agility in his hands and fingers. This means that soon he will be able to grasp the thing in his fist.

He may also suck his thumb and play with his hands and feet. And he will make him good at this by practicing it, until he is out of your womb.

Baby fat:

During this week, your baby is getting chubbier and cuter by simply depositing fat in his body. This will help him in keeping warm after he born.

Pregnancy Week 26

Twenty Six Weeks Pregnant

You just step into the third trimester at this week. Your baby’s hearing capability may improve, blood pressure may be increased. You can find out more about your pregnancy and what to expect at this week.

How many months it will be if you are 26 weeks pregnant?

You are 7th month pregnant if you are in 26 weeks of your pregnancy. Only few months are to go. But many of the women have some queries about their baby’s growth, belly shape and other symptoms.

Baby

How big is my baby at 26 weeks?

Your baby is growing in tremendous way during this week. Your baby is as long as zucchini. He will have weight around 1.68lb and gain height 14.02 inches.

Baby has more hair on his head. Eyebrows and eyelashes are more recognizable.

Growth

There will be many developments at this week within baby. Following are some improvements:

Hearing:

Your baby’s ears will be more developed at this week. His ears will be more sensitive than ever before. Now he will have ability to hear your and your partner’s voice when you talk to each other.

Heart rate:

Baby’s heart rate will slowed down this week significantly from 180 beats per minute to 140 to 150 beats per minute. This can be examined through cardiotocography or CTG machine during antenatal care. It is helpful method of checking your baby’s health safety.

Sleep:

Now baby may develop some sleeping and waking patterns. So do not be surprised if baby is active while you are still and sleeping at the time you move.

Immune system:

The immune system has start building up in your baby’s body, which help your baby to fight against infections and diseases after birth. 

Eyes:

This week eyes are forming and after few weeks they will begin to open. But color may be appearing later after few months or after birth. Eyelashes are also start growing and preparing the eyes for opening.

Pregnancy Week 24

Twenty Four Weeks Pregnant

At this 24th week of pregnancy, many changes are going to happen for both baby and mother. Baby’s small face has just formed, your tummy is growing and there are further physical changes will take place for baby as well as mother.

Baby

How big is my baby at this week?

Your baby is now long as ear of corn. His length is about 11.81inches and his weight 1.32lb. Baby’s nostrils are opening now for practicing breathing. But he will inhale the amniotic fluid instead of air.

Development

You may have observe that baby from now is going to be very busy for next few weeks. His brain is growing and his taste buds are also developing this week.

Lungs:

Your baby’s lungs are developing each day of this week. They start making a substance called surfactant, which helps in keeping your tiny air sacs in the lungs called “alveoli” open.

Breathing:

Baby’s starts practicing breathing in your womb through his nostrils an by moving chest up and down, exhaling amniotic fluid.

Fat deposits:

During this week, your baby’s skin is still thin and transparent, but in little while it will change. Baby’s body shortly starts to get fat in and gained weight this week. This is due to growing muscles, organs, bones and fat. The skin will become less transparent as the fat set down in the body.

Inner ear:

Baby’s vestibular system is developing this week. This is the tiny system in our inner ear which helps us to maintain our balance. So your baby is now able to tell you if they are right side up or upside down.

White blood cells:

Your baby begin to develop the white blood cells which will help them to make strong fight against the infections and other diseases.

Pregnancy Week 23

Twenty Three Weeks Pregnant

Hey! You just now in 6th month of your pregnancy and there are 3 months to go. You will go to experience some other symptoms and observe new changes in your baby and your body.

Baby

Size

Your baby is now growing and turning into the size of eggplant. Baby’s length is 11.38inches and his weight is 1.1lb. He is just not getting bigger but he starts looking more like baby.

Development

Hiccups:

Your baby now may experience hiccups during this week. These happen due to sudden and irregular contractions of your baby’s undeveloped diaphragm( muscle that supports their lungs).

Some babies hiccups normally and others may be not. Many new born babies continue to hiccup after birth. The baby with the hiccups makes you feel some strange sensations.

Vernix cream:

Your baby’s body starts covering with the thick layer of white vernix cream. This fluid acts as protective layer on his skin in this watery environment.

Fat layer:

A fine layer of fat is formed between the muscle tissues and skin. This covered the blood vessels and makes their skin texture look less translucent.

Chubbier:

As the baby is growing, he is filling out more fat in his body. He is changing through his whole body from chubby cheeks to chubby toes. By this week, your baby’s organs and bones start appearing through his skin. These have red shades or tones due to developing veins and arteries below them.

Breathing:

By this week, baby’s blood vessels begin to develop within his lungs. This will greatly help your baby in breathing. 

Heartbeat:

During this period your baby’s heartbeat turns to be so strong that you could able to hear his heartbeat sound through the stethoscope.

Weight gain:

At this week of your pregnancy, your baby starts developing plenty of weight. As a result, your body also starts changing rapidly. You will see more symptoms about that might strikes your body.

Pregnancy Week 22

Twenty Two Weeks Pregnant

How many months if you are 22 weeks pregnant?

You are in your 5th month of pregnancy, if you are 22 weeks pregnant. Now there is only few months are left. But many women have queries about their baby’s growth, belly shape and other health symptoms. Then you can read below.

Baby

Size

How big is Your Baby at this Week?

The baby is now about 10.94 inches in length and his weighs around 15.17 ounces this week. Your baby is now as the size of the papaya. Lungs are start developing in his body and they will begin to make a protein called surfactant. This will help him in breathing properly and independently once he borns.

Development

Light:

Now your baby starts identify difference between light and dark much more better, but still his eyelids are fused.

Hearing:

Baby’s hearing ability is also developing this week. He or she starts hearing your heartbeat, noises of blood circulation, stomach gurgling and even your voice.

Facial features:

During this week, eyelids and lips are start developing. The eyes are completely formed but iris still incomplete due to lack of pigments in it. The eyes and eyebrows are in their positions. All these are turning into more like human features.

Developing hair:

At this week, hair starts growing on the baby’s head and eyebrows too.

Nails:

Nails are also start developing at the end of baby’s fingers. And they will be very sharp when baby will born and come out of your womb. 

Grip:

The baby’s holding capacity is now stronger than ever before. Grip is quite powerful and there is nothing to hold in your uterus, so he may possibly hold the umbilical cord. 

Skin wrinkling:

Your baby’s skin is still developing during this week. It is appearing more wrinkly, as your baby has not gained yet enough weight to fill his skin.

Pregnancy Week 21

Twenty One Weeks Pregnant

21 Weeks Pregnant means is how Many Months?

If you are in your 21weeks of your pregnancy, then you just entered in the 6th month of your pregnancy. Many of the women have start feeling their baby movement inside them.  Even though, the sensations may still be irregular and uncommon. A few of them are still waiting for this experience.

Baby

Size:

·        How big is your baby?

From this point, your baby’s length will be measured from the crown to rump or head to foot. Your baby is 10.5 inches lengthy and now weighs about 12 ounces or we can say 3/4 of a pound.

Your baby is as long as carrot and his skin is more responsive to touch.

Growth:

·        Reproductive system:

Your baby is now starts developing his ability to produce babies. It may not be mature properly. In male baby testes are start developing, while females have their ovaries growing within their body. 

·        Eyelids:

During this week, your baby’s eyelids are start developing. But it may take some time to grow it properly.

·        Baby’s touch:

If in this week, you would like to push on your belly, baby most probably will react to your action. He or she is more responding to touch.

·        Taste buds:

During this week, there is probability that whatever you eat and drink, your baby will be able to taste it.  That is why when baby swallows little bit of amniotic fluid per day, it is not only for getting nutrition and hydration. But also practice ingesting or gulping and digesting.

The taste of amniotic fluid will differ and will depend upon what is consuming. 

Pregnancy Week 20

 Twenty weeks pregnant

This week you will be getting ready for the next ultrasound. For more information about your baby and your body, read the article below.

How many months if you are 20 weeks pregnant?

If you’re in 20 weeks of your pregnancy, then you’re 5th month pregnant. Only 4 months left there. Still have questions? Then here’s some more information on how weeks, months and trimesters are broken down in pregnancy.

Baby

Size

How big is my baby?

Your baby is now about 16.5cm in length and it will be about the size of a small cantaloupe melon. His weight is around 0.28 kg.

The baby is developing still during this week. Since, there is still plenty of growing room for baby. This permits the baby to twist and turn.

Development

From here on, your baby is growing bigger and faster. This can be observe by baby’s strong kicks and movements.

Genitals

 However the genitals in both the male and female fetuses are still developing during this week. But you will be able to observe baby’s gender through the second trimester ultrasound. This normally occurs between 18 and 22 weeks. This also helps the doctor to give regular check on your pregnancy.

  • If you have a baby girl, then its uterus is going to form this week completely and the vaginal canal begins its development.
  • Your little fetus now has 7 million primitive eggs in her tiny ovary. But by birth, this will be down in numbers 1 to 2 million.
  • If the fetus is a boy, then the testicles are starting to form.

Taste:

Baby’s taste buds are developing this week along with his growth. Your baby starts recognizing strong flavors from the food you eat such as spicy curry or dishes, garlic.

Poop:

During these 20 weeks of your pregnancy, baby’s digestive system still continues to grow. Fetus starts developing meconium. This is the result of the amniotic fluid and other cells which your baby is consuming. This all makes your baby’s first poop. Some babies pass meconium while they are in womb or before birth. But most of them, wait until after they born.

Moving and grooving:

By this week, your baby is turn to be more active. Fetus is moving and floating around here and there in your womb.

Between 18 and 25 weeks, you will most probably start feeling your baby’s moving. At first, it will feel like a light fluttering known as quickening.  But soon, you will start feeling strong kicks and somersaults from your growing baby.

And if you’re pregnant with twins, you may feel two different sets of kicks and movements by this week.

Hearing

Baby is now able to hear any sound – may be your voice, heartbeat and stomach growling, with the sounds outside your body.

The baby may cover its ears with his hands, if the sound nearby you is loud.

Mother and Body

Your Life

Congratulations! Now you passed the halfway of your pregnancy which is big deal in itself. Here are more to know about your upcoming challenges you have to face to reach your destiny.

·        Top Tip:

Here after this successful half journey, you can celebrate it anyway. You can include tasty and healthy food in your celebration, as you should still careful about your habits of intake.

·        Massage treatment:

During this condition, it is always blissful moment to have a massage on your feet. It is kind of walking in heaven. So you can get good advantage of your free hour and can enjoy it in good manner. You can also have some other massaging on your hair and hands. Your partner can also give you feet rub if required, you deserve it.

·        Hair and nail development:

Now you also can observe that your nails are becoming stronger and hairs are growing rapidly than normal. Hairs are getting thicker and fuller. There is again pregnancy hormone behind this that hits your circulation that brings extra nutrients to hair and nails cells.

But don’t get attached with your current hair and nails quality, because they both will be in the same condition after delivery.

·         Growing appetite:

Are you feeling hungrier than ever? In the past weeks with nausea and food aversions, you could not take more advantages of your food tastes. Now it is the time to eat with great love what you want to eat.

But try to take healthy versions of every meal you would like to eat.

Other considerations

·        Abdomen size and shape:

You may start to observe other pregnant woman more likely or may look more closely at their belly shape. Each woman’s belly shape vary depending upon the height and weight of the woman.

Remember every woman is different in respect how she changes and responds to her pregnancy.

·        Maternity attire:

Most of the women are now start looking more like pregnant women and hence probably needs comfortable and loose clothes. Or may have need some special maternity clothes. You can read more about motherliness dress here>>

·        Natural therapy:

Art therapy is the treatment which includes art materials to create some images and sculptures to heal some emotions of stress and anxiety. It makes creative expression of feelings, thoughts and fantasy.

Some childbirth educators use art therapy to find out the problem and concerns to labor or childbirth.

Pregnancy Symptoms

This time of your pregnancy can be more enjoyable and joyful, as there is no more sickness and fatigue in your body. You could feel little uncomfortable as baby has grow larger than earlier. Here are something which may be happen with you i these upcoming weeks.

·        Weight gain:

Weight gain is the normal for every pregnant women in these weeks. They may put about 8 to 10 pounds these 20 weeks. And can get half to full pound per week ahead. 

·        Swelling:

About 25% of your weight gain comes from additional fluid your body is getting. So swelling and puffing your body is normal at this stage. Especially in your ankles and feet. You can also call it edema.

You can prevent this problem by staying off your feet , by reducing your caffeine and sodium intake.

You can consult from your doctor if the swelling exceeds further, because it may be the indication of preeclampsia.

·        Sex drive:

Almost for everyone, sex is secure during pregnancy. But you may find that your sex drive fluctuates throughout your pregnancy. Again there is hormone responsible for that condition.

Pregnancy Week 19

Nineteen Weeks pregnant

You are now in 5th month of your pregnancy with 19 weeks of pregnancy. Here are many other information regarding baby, and your body.

About baby

How big my baby is!

Your baby is now 15cm in length, which is about the size of a mango. Baby weighs around 0.23kg at this week.

Growth and maturity 

During this time, your baby has almost developed most of the things, he needs. From here on, there is only thing which will be is to get bigger and finer. If there will be your mid-pregnancy ultrasound on this week. You will observe some quick look of your baby.

The  arms and legs are becoming more proportional to the rest of the body.  By this time, hairs start developing on the scalp of the baby’s body.

Baby’s skin

Now, baby’s skin is developing and becoming transparent. The skin is appearing to be red, as vessels are observable through the skin. On the other hand a creamy white coating, known as vernix, starts developing on your baby’s skin. This also protects your baby’s skin.

Sensory development:

At this week, your baby’s brain begins to develop its receptors for the five senses- vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Hence, your baby is getting ready for the world outside from your womb.

During this time, baby will able to hear your voice while you’re talking.

Protective coating:

  • At this week, a soft, white creamy coating called vernix, start developing on baby’s skin. This coating will protect the fetus and prevent him from wrinkling in the amniotic fluid.
  •  It also provides fetus a very smooth and soft path through the birth canal during delivery.
  •  It also has anti-bacterial properties.
  • This protective coating may appear after the birth. But it is normal.

About Mother

 Life at this week

·        Birthing point:

You can just start to look for where you want to have your delivery? Or we can say birthing centers or home. You can also search for rates of C section rates or delivery date.

·         Reading:

You can take some more information about your baby’s birth by reading some books on this topic. You can check out some books related to this topic. Your partner can also take some knowledge on that which will help you in careful birthing.

·         Cravings:

Cravings are very common in these days of pregnancy. If you feel like you want ice-cream go for it, and otherwise. Try to balance your diet with these cravings also. You can experience food aversions (Itis when definite foods make pregnant women uncomfortable and either makes them queasy. They may hate the taste or  have problems consuming them).

·        Make outing:

Try to connect with nature in these days which can lead you better mental and physical health. It can give you more peace and reduce stress by increasing happiness. You can also do some outdoor activities such as walking.

You can go with your partner for outing like for lunch and dinner. You can feel the green and peace environment.

Another concerns

·        Natural therapy

Reflexology is the massage therapy which is involves the compression of the points on the hands and feet which linked to various organs and system in the body and is also known as reflex zone therapy.

This therapy is based on the belief that energy pass through 10 channels along the 7000 nerves endings in the feet and across the finger tips.

It intends to stimulate these zones by releasing trapped energy resultantly relieving from pain, stress and discomfort and small ailments.

·        Nutrition Tip:

Ensure to get good amount of iron for your body and make additional blood for upcoming body function. Doctor suggest to take 27 – 30 mg daily for pregnant woman. For more accurate information consult your health care provider.

Pregnancy Symptoms

In this week, you are well in second trimester and you may possibly start feeling and looking more likes a pregnant woman. Most probably you will now start experiencing other new symptoms.

·        Lightheadedness:

Dizziness and fainting is very common for pregnant women  during these weeks. As baby is growing and resultantly your uterus putting pressure on blood vessels causing slow blood circulation.

So if you feel like fainting and dizziness, you can pause what you are doing and just lie down which can help you in getting your blood flow back.

Further what you can do is do not stand for the long time and when you feel comfortable then stand again. Sleeping on your one side (best on left side) can help you keep your blood flow at good level.

And if dizziness is occurring more, let your doctor know.

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·        Leg contraction:

You can also experience leg cramps and it can disturb you at mid night. These cramps can occur during the day, but this will feel you more at night. To give the relaxation to your body, you can do some stretching exercise around your muscles. You can also wear good supportive shoes or compression socks.

Although there is no exact reason for the leg cramps, but it is believed that it can be due to extra weight your body is carrying during pregnancy or the vessels that bring the blood from and to from your legs are just squashed due to growing uterus.

There are also assumptions that it can be due to your diet or not being completely hydrated.

·        Abdomen pain:

Several women experience various pains and aches during their pregnancy. This is mainly due to straining around the ligaments that holds the developing uterus. Some physical activities like walking, impulsive movements, exercise or swimming can reduce these pains. You can read about stitch pains here>>

Pregnancy Week 18

Eighteen weeks pregnant

 18 Weeks of pregnancy

This week, there is going to be big development in your baby’s body from hearing to the brain development.

18 weeks pregnant is how many months?

If you’re 18 weeks pregnant, then you’re in 5th month of your pregnancy. Only 4 months are left there. Still have problems? Read this post below about this week.

Baby

Size

How big is my baby at 18 this week?

Your baby is now as big as sweet potato. Your baby’s length is now about 5.59inches (14cm) and his weight is around 6.70 oz (0.14-0.18kg).

Development

Genitals

This week your baby is covering with protecting layer called as myelin, around his nerves. This layer is continuing forming until your baby’s first year.

  • If the baby is girl then, her fallopian tubes and uterus start forming.
  • If you have a boy then, his genitals may be observed on his next ultrasound.

Though, it is sometimes difficult to observe the genitals, so don’t be stressed if there is similar case.

Baby is yawning

At this week, your baby will find out how to yawn and hiccup. Some of these activities you will observe soon in your ultrasound this month.

Baby’s nervous system

Baby’s nervous system is also growing and maturing rapidly. The nerves are now forming complex connections, covered with substance called myelin. This will help speed up  the messages to travel from nerve cell to another nerve cell.

Brain further developing into the ones, that provide the sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight.

Searches show that many nutrients like iron, choline and folate may contribute into healthy brain development. So keep taking this green leafy vegetables, eggs, beans, and other required nutrients in your diet.

Mother

Physical transformation

·        Baby kicking:

Hardly any people can feel unborn baby’s movement early in their pregnancy. Many don’t feel anything distinct until 23 to 25 weeks. The time when one feels their baby’s first movement is different for different people. The sense of your baby’s first actions may be hard to differentiate, particularly if this is your first pregnancy.

·        Weight gain:

Most of the women put on their weight during this first 20 weeks of the pregnancy. Or simply increase a few kilograms until these weeks of pregnancy, but experience a burst growth during the middle of their pregnancy.

Other concerns

·        Infections:

It may be challenging if you are uncovered to an infection while pregnancy. It may include virus such as chicken pox or measles. These kind of infections may possibly affect unborn babies. These organisms can pass through the placenta or can make the women ill. Any disorder normally depends on the phase of the pregnancy and how strong woman’s immunity is.

·        Radiation effects:

Electronic gadgets have grown to be unavoidable part of our lifestyle. This can be badly affects a woman’s health and her baby’s development. But still we are careless about it. So be alert while using these equipments in your routine.

·        Contact with Lead:

Lead is heavy metal already in itself. High amount of this metal can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Other complications such as high blood pressure, premature delivery and poor growth of baby can be happen.

·        Natural therapy:

Kinesiology is the treatment used to find out the weaknesses in the body. It also treats the physical and emotional disproportion within a mother’s body. This therapy is made by chiropractors in the USA. This is consider secure to use during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Symptoms

·        Gaining Weight:

At this stage, every women start gaining a pound a week. As baby weighs seven to eight pounds, placenta carries 2 pounds and blood weighs 4 pounds. So try to manage your healthy weight during this period.

·        Maintain Balance:

With the growing of the baby, you will gain additional weight, which will change your center of gravity. This may imbalance your body and can give you back pain. You can avoid this situation by lifting up your feet.

·        Dehydrated eyes:

Pregnancy can make your eyes dry and can give you irritating feeling in case if you wear spectacles. So keep eating and drinking food which soothes your eyes. You can use a ayurvedic eye drop which has no artificial content and harmful chemicals.

·        Aches and pains:

These symptoms can be normal or more often around this week. You may experience some more painful feelings in your lower abdomen. There may be round ligament pain. This pain is because of your growing baby, which is stretching and growing in your womb.

·        Blood pressure:

Many times you wondering that why healthcare provider test your blood pressure at every visit? Low B.P can cause headaches and dizziness, but this problem is temporary, it normally goes away with the time.

On the other side, High B.P can cause problems like preterm birth and issue with placenta which can be unsafe for baby and mother.

Fun Fact

Your body is making 50% more blood than when you’re not pregnant to feed the baby.

Your Life while pregnancy

·        Sleeping:

Are you facing some problem while sleeping? Your body weight is now not on the position where it was earlier. You are now not able to sleep on your back anymore and belly sleeping is without any doubt is not comfortable.

·        Healthy snacks:

This time you normally need good food stuffs. It is easy to eat tasty and high carb containing food. You can take fibrous and roughage food which can help you prevent constipation and other related problems. This can also help your baby to take various vitamins and minerals. You can use these foods both for breakfast and lunch or dinner. Here are lists of many foods that can help you to avoid many health and pregnancy complications. >>

Pregnancy Week 17

Seventeen Weeks pregnant

17 Weeks of Pregnancy

How many months?

If in the case, you’re 17 weeks pregnant, you’re in 4th month of your pregnancy. Here you are in second trimester. Many women still have some confusion about their pregnancy. So, we have some information about their baby growth, their body changes during pregnancy.

About baby

Baby’s size

Your baby is now growing at good pace. At this week, baby is about the size of a large onion. His body length is about 13cm (5.12inch) and he weighs around 0.14 kg (4.94oz).

Your baby is almost doubled in weight from the last two weeks.

Growth of the baby

During this week, fat starts to develop in baby’s body. This fat helps the baby in maintaining his body’s heat production and metabolism.

Baby is practicing more and more skills which he required later (out your womb).

Bone development:

The cartilage starts changing into bones of his limbs. After that, bones will keep harden and fuse into their early years of life.

Sweat glands:

During this week, baby is developing sweat glands. Though, baby is not actually sweating. It can take few weeks for all the glands to develop in his body.

Sucking and swallowing:

Now your baby is getting prepared for the sucking and ingesting for the survival outside the womb or those activities of eating milk from the breast or the bottle.

Many of them, start sucking their thumbs in the womb.

Umbilical cord:

The umbilical cord is one of the most important parts which connect your baby to the placenta. It can be considered as the lifeline for your fetus. Because, It is the one which carries nutrients and other food, necessary for your fetus.

It has three vessels; a vein that carries blood rich in oxygen and nutrients for the baby and two arteries that carry blood from the baby to the placenta. These arteries contain waste products such as carbon dioxide from the baby’s metabolism.

It is getting thicker and longer during this week.

Fingerprints

During this week, your baby’s fingerprints start forming. Within the next week, the pads on your baby’s fingertips and toes will turn out to be more adorned with fully individual swirl and creases, also called fingerprints.

Skin

Your baby is now begin to cover him with the coating of vernix – which is a waxy substance that contains antioxidants, as well as anti-infection and anti-inflammatory properties. This coating will protect your baby from all infections after the birth.

Regulation of the heart

Baby’s heart is now much more regulated than earlier. This means that his heart is not beating randomly, about twice as fast as yours.

  Hearing

Your baby’s sense of hearing is also developing this week. As the ears have almost fully formed and have already taken their positioned.

Fat

Your baby starts forming fat tissue or adipose. This will help in keeping your baby’s body warm and maintain metabolism.

Mother

Physical changes

·        Sweating and Warming:

Most of the women normally experience warming and sweating more in this weeks. This is because of increased blood flow in woman’s body.

There is pregnancy hormone progesterone also makes your small blood vessels in the skin called capillaries more relaxed and expand to become fuller. This causes the attachment to skin’s surface refers to as vasodilation.

This process and fast metabolism additionally increased your body temperature. You can use single sheet while sleeping in winters also.

·        Vaginal discharge:

Several women observe the changes in their vaginal discharge. Pregnancy hormones can cause the vaginal pH more alkaline and causing women prone to annoying infections such as thrush or gardnerlla.

Further considerations

·        Over-the-counter drugs and medication:

During these modern days, pregnant women have become more alert or aware of the substances they intake or use more often. But in this condition many of the home remedies they find in the kitchen or products they buy normally through retail shops may be unsafe. So be careful about what you are taking and eating.

·        Raspberry leaf:

This is traditional herb that has been accepted as a possible uterine tonic for childbirth. It is surveyed that up to 20% of the pregnant women take some type of raspberry leaf extract during their pregnancy or after the birth. But most of the caregivers don’t suggest it until 33 to 34 weeks.

·        Natural treatment:

Dietary therapy treat the patient by using proper diet and hence avoid diseases or discomfort. It is based on the fact that problem can be due to deficiency of vitamins and minerals making immune system weak.

Several health disorders can be treated involves infertility, miscarriage, diabetes, postnatal depression, anxiety and illness.

·        Increasing appetite:

Many women considered that the second trimester not only give relief form sickness but also increased more appetite. So don’t get surprised if you all of the sudden start feeling hungry. But take care of what you eat, don’t get careless.

Now if you are wondering about your increased appetite, then the simple answer of that is your developing baby. With the size of the baby, the appetite is also increasing. You gain weight with this pregnancy and accurate measurement of gaining weight you can take from your practitioner. He or she can also help you to gain healthy weight.

 Pregnancy Symptoms

·        Braxton Hicks contractions:

Your body starts preparing for labor as you are moving towards your due date. Braxton Hicks contractions are practice contractions you may feel in these weeks. They give feeling like tightening across your belly. But these are irregular. If these contractions are getting more severe or intense, call your healthcare provider.

·        Baby’s kick:

During these weeks and sometime later, most of the women start feeling the kicks from the baby. It may feel like gas or vomiting to you at early stage, but later you begin to identify it. It is called quickening. It is considered second most important event in pregnant woman’s life.

·        Increased melanin:

Now your body is releasing extra melanin because of increased estrogen. This can make a mask of pregnancy on your face or the line of pregnancy down your belly. It is thick dark line down the center of the belly called linea nigra. But it removes itself after birth.

·        Morning sickness:

Many of the women get rid of this morning sickness in this second trimester. But there is chances that it can be go longer in this trimester. You may be at risk of dehydration and malnutrition. So it is better to consult from your medical care provider.

·        Stretch marks:

During pregnancy, most of your body is stretching more and more. Due to this you can get some lines like tiger strips. But there is nothing you can use for these stretches and lines. What you can do is keep hydrating your body and lotion up it regularly. With the passage of the time these will fade.