What’s happening inside
While full muscle control is a long way off, your little one is now starting to get the hang of his motor coordination and flexing his fingers and toes! And even though you probably can’t feel it yet, baby’s also practising his punches and kicks safely within the cushion wall of your tummy. Don’t worry, you will feel those movements soon enough!
Your emotions may often take you for a roller coaster ride, not just this week but throughout your pregnancy! Irritability, excitement, apprehension, and an inexplicable tendency to weep are all part and parcel of the journey, thanks in part to hormonal changes as your body prepares for birth. Don’t suppress these feelings or ignore them – surround yourself with family or friends whom you can count on to be there for you and to listen to your rant.
A Matter of Fact
All expectant mums are prone to iron-deficient anaemia, because your body gives
priority to fetal nutritional needs. Women who have experienced severe morning sickness, are undernourished, have babies in quick succession, or who have an existing predisposing condition like thalessemia minor are especially susceptible. Daily iron supplementation, as prescribed by your gynaecologist, will help to prevent or relieve anaemia.
Tips for daddy
Your wife’s mood swings may throw you for a loop at first, but what every expectant mum needs is a supportive husband who will be there for her to ride out the storm, to stand by her side through the tears and tantrums, elation and fears.
A quote for mummy-to-be
Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart. ~Mandy Harrison
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This is part of our New Age Pregnancy Week By Week Pregnancy Guide!
With this guide, we hope it will help to give you some reassurance and shed some light on the changes you will come to experience for the next 40 weeks. If you are interested, you can read about our Month To Month Pregnancy Guide Here. Now, let the countdown begin ~
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the information provided in this guide is just an approximate gauge for your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact your gynaecologist.