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

29 cm | 1 lb 1 oz

Week 23

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Week 23 Pregnancy

You’re now past the halfway mark, and your baby is roughly 29cm long and weighs around 1lb 1oz. He or she is practising breathing ready for the outside world by taking in amniotic fluid into their developing lungs, and if their hand senses your umbilical cord in the womb they’ll be able to grasp it. Although their skin is still delicate, it’s growing tougher and stronger and oil and sweat glands are now being used. It’s more common to feel your baby kick, and even hiccup at this stage.

Calcium is important for both of you; it builds strong, healthy bones and teeth and aids the healthy functioning of your muscular, circulatory and nervous systems. While it’s true that your body becomes more efficient at absorbing and utilising calcium during pregnancy, it’s still important to include good sources of calcium in your diet. A healthy, varied diet should include calcium-rich foods; tuck into low-fat dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt or skimmed milk along with tinned sardines, sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables, tofu, baked beans and figs. Many cereals are now fortified with extra calcium and don’t forget to drink the milk that’s left. Sticking to low-fat dairy foods won’t give you any less calcium, just fewer calories.

If you’ve got any questions about your pregnancy diet, contact our Careline on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.