Pregnancy – Third Month Changes
Running into the third month, of pregnancy which is from the 9th week to the 13th week, most women sport a protruding belly. The little bump makes any woman feel special. The baby, now referred to as a fetus after 8 weeks, will have a shapely face and mouth complete with 32 permanent teeth buds. The legs and arms are now fully formed and the little one also develops intricately soft fingernails and toenails. The muscles have already started developing and cartilage bones are forming rapidly. The kidneys also begin to function and send urine into the bladder. Genitals have started to develop, but the baby’s gender cannot be ascertained. The eyes open by week 10, but the eyelids tend to fuse, and will stay that way until the 25th to 27th week. Teeth formation begins, as 20 buds appear in the mouth. Fetal movements increase as the brain, nerves and muscles begin to function; it moves spontaneously and can be initiated too by touching the uterine wall. Your baby has a sucking reflex characteristically and may suck on its thumb or fist. By the end of 12 weeks, the organs and body systems are fully formed, but will mature over the course of the pregnancy. The fetus now is 4 inches long and weighs a little over an ounce and will be recognizable as a human.
Third Month Symptoms Of Pregnancy
Morning sickness and fatigue will still be haunting women in the third month. But the end is in sight! Good news is that its going to last a few more weeks only. Clothes begin to hug you as your waistline and breasts enlarge. Weight gain varies from woman-to-woman during pregnancy between 25 to 35 pounds. By the third month you may have gained three to four pounds. Heartburn, indigestion, constipation and gas are caused due to the slowing down of muscular contractions in the intestine resulting due to excess of progesterone. Frequent urination continues.
Take care to avoid eating king mackerel, shark, tilefish and swordfish completely. Even though these large fishes are packed with protein and nutrients they may contain high levels of mercury which will hamper the development of the baby’s Central Nervous System. Appropriate exercise, plenty of water intake and increase in dietary fiber may provide relief from intense constipation. Other pregnancy symptoms like tender breasts, nasal congestion, increased salivation and dizziness continue through the third month.
By the end of this month the hormones decrease their fluctuations, which may mean that you feel more yourself for the next few months. Moreover, at the end of this month your baby will be fully developed, needing only to gain weight and enhancement of a few organs and structures remain. This means the risk for miscarriage decreases significantly.
A visit to the doc during this month would consist of weight and blood pressure checks. The height of the uterus and fetal growth will also be measured to evaluate the overall growth of the baby. Regular urine testing is also performed to check for the presence of sugar and protein. Also discuss a good exercise regime with your doc to fight that excess flab.