WEEK 16 DEVELOPMENT
If you have been experiencing cravings you might be wondering if it’s because you are lacking nutrients. No, it is simply a hormone-related side effect of pregnancy. You've probably noticed that certain foods seem "different" or less appetizing. Others, however, feel like they are indispensable! Welcome to your body while pregnant. No rhyme or reason to it. Just do your best to think “moderation” in all you eat. Try and balance treating yourself right is one way for both you and your child.
If you haven’t already, it is possible that you feel your little love move for the first time this week (or in the coming weeks). These movements are still very subtle, so don’t expect massive sensations. Be on the lookout for what feels like butterfly wings inside your belly or small bubbles. It is exciting and wonderful when it happens.
Vitamin A is important when you are pregnant but in just the right amounts, neither too much nor too little. Cryptic enough for you? Excessive intake could be harmful to your developing child. Know that some skin treatments that contain Vitamin A it is forbidden for pregnant women. Foods to eat that are rich in Vitamin A include milk and dairy products, butter, eggs (the yolks in particular), bright vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes or carrots, and orange and yellow fruits (apricots, melon, mango).
When you’re in the 6th month, it may be recommended that you and your partner go to an ante-natal class to prepare for your child’s birth, especially if this is your first child (or if your first child was born ages ago!). You will learn about the birth, and relaxation techniques like breathing for pain relief. A visit to a delivery room, exercises for fitness in pregnancy, answers to your questions about breastfeeding and many other useful things can also be on the programme. Ante-natal classes are the ideal opportunity to get to know other mothers or couples as well. What better way to share your experience.
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