What’s happening inside
Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance, forms a protective layer over baby’s sensitive skin, so he doesn’t get all wrinkled up from being immersed in nine months of amniotic fluid. This cheese-like coating will be gradually shed as your due date approaches.
Just about every pregnant woman’s belly button ‘pops’ sometime during her nine months of pregnancy, as the growing uterus pushes outward. This is popularly referred to as an “outie” (versus “innie”). Your belly button should revert back to its regular position by a few months after delivery, albeit with a slightly stretched-out look to it. You may experience mild heartburn and leg cramps. Consult your gynecologist if it bothers you too much.
A Matter of Fact
Those pregnancy hormones raging through you will trigger your metabolism to nourish your hair and nails these nine months, making them grow faster and healthier than ever before! Many pregnant women find that their hair is thicker and more lustrous than it used to be – one of the definite perks of pregnancy! But, unfortunately, all good things must come to and end – these happy side-effects only last until your delivery date. In fact, you’ll have to contend with a few months of increased hair loss post-partum.
Tips for daddy
While your wife’s sexual interest may have slowed down in the first trimester, things tend to get better during the second trimester for most women, as early pregnancy symptoms subside and she gains a fresh burst of energy. In any case, any woman would be warmed by a man who doesn’t ‘force’ her into being ready, but sensitively waits until she is ready for love-making. Enjoy these few weeks, as her huge abdomen may hinder both of you from engaging in sex.
A quote for mummy-to-be
There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation. ~Pamela S. Nadav
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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.