WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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Your first trimester pregnancy is often spent getting used to the idea that you’re expecting a baby and reading up on all the changes that your body is going through and are yet to come.

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Although it’s still early, adopting good eating habits now will give your baby the best chance of healthy development.

Your baby is growing at a noticeable rate and by 12 weeks you may even be starting to show – but in the meantime this section will explain what’s happening week by week and how you can lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy.

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1ST TRIMESTER

12 mm

Week 07

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Week 07 Pregnancy

At roughly 12mm long, your baby’s digestive tract is now developing and breathing passages are appearing, which will later form lungs. Their arms and legs are lengthening into more baby-like shapes. Eyelids are forming, along with toes and fingers which have thick webbing between them. As the tip of the nose becomes more distinct, the nostrils become more defined. Although they are still too small to feel anything, the muscle fibres that are forming are giving your baby the ability to perform small, jerky movements.

During pregnancy your immune system adapts to accept and protect your baby, as well as yourself. Now’s the time to give your immune system as much support as possible by eating healthily and being extra careful when preparing food. Don’t take any any chances if something’s not as fresh as you’d like, avoid foods which could pose a risk, wash all food thoroughly and wash your hands regularly.

If you’re a smoker and you haven’t given up yet, now’s the time to seriously consider quitting. Every cigarette you smoke seriously harms your baby and can even restrict their oxygen supply which, at this stage in their development, is vital. Although some women report disliking the taste of cigarettes once they become pregnant, for others giving up is not so easy. There’s lots of help and support available – speak to your doctor.

If you have any concerns or want to talk to someone about the best things to eat and drink, give one of our Careline advisors a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries).