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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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

26 cm | 8 oz

Week 21

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Week 21 Pregnancy

Weighing around 8oz and measuring roughly 26cm long, your baby is growing rapidly. Right now, they are able to hear the sounds going on outside, so talking, singing or playing music is a great way to provide them with some stimulation.

Your baby’s rapidly developing brain requires special types of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, known as LCPs (long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids). Research has shown that a higher intake of LCPs during pregnancy can help to reduce the risk of preterm delivery and may be associated with improved visual and brain development, as well as better movement skills in infancy.

Your baby gets the LCPs they need from your own internal stores via the placenta in pregnancy, and then through your breastmilk after birth. Eating plenty of omega-3-rich foods such as oily fish, including mackerel, sardines and trout, is therefore vital. However, you’re advised to eat no more than two portions of oily fish a week and not to take fish oil supplements as some contain high levels of vitamin A, which can prove harmful to your baby. Take a look at our recipes for mums and mums-to-be to see how you can get plenty of LCPs in your diet.

As for the rest of your diet, the Eatwell Plate can be used as a helpful guide to show you how much of each food group you should be aiming for. Although tempting, sweets, crisps, cakes, biscuits, fats, and sugar all provide extra calories but they are not a good source of the other nutrients that you and your baby need. Over-indulging now may make it harder to regain your pre-pregnancy shape after the birth.

At over 5 months, it’s probably becoming a lot more obvious that you’re pregnant. You’re probably also thinking of all the things you need to do organise and buy to prepare for your new arrival – we’ve created a list to help point you in the right direction.

The extra weight you’re carrying around is probably putting your body and legs under more and more pressure. If you’re feeling aches and pains or have swelling or puffiness in your legs, try these tips:

  • Whenever you can, rest with your feet up
  • Circle’ your feet at the ankles to improve your circulation
  • Support socks or maternity tights can help swollen legs
  • Take regular, gentle exercise like walking to aid circulation.

For more ideas on pregnancy-safe ways to relax, 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.