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.

WHAT’S MY STAGE ?

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You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family.

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As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.

This section will tell you all about the developments your baby’s going through, and offer helpful suggestions about how you can look after yourself and make your pregnancy easier.

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2ND TRIMESTER

8 cm

Week 13

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Week 13 Pregnancy

At around 8cm your baby is very active; stretching, kicking and turning, although they’re still far too small for you to feel anything. Their kidneys are starting to work by sending urine to the bladder.

Your baby’s head is now about a third of the size of their body and as the weeks progress their proportions become more like that of a newborn baby.

Right now your mammary glands and ducts are developing in time for the birth which can make your breasts feel lumpy. They’ll soon start making a thin yellow liquid called colostrum. This is packed with nutrients and will be the first milk that nourishes your baby after the birth before your regular milk starts to flow.

Your breasts may change dramatically during pregnancy and after the birth. Some doctors recommend switching to non-underwired bras. Although underwired bras haven’t been proven to be harmful, they may restrict the natural changes that your breasts go through and interfere with your developing milk ducts . Remember, the size of your breasts does not affect your ability to breastfeed. Even if your breasts are small, you should still be able to breastfeed if you choose to.

If you have any concerns about how your body is changing, why not call our Careline team on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday?