Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 8

This week, several changes will take place in you and your baby. Two months into your pregnancy, your womb will be twice its actual size and your baby will be a little longer now. Though most of you would have had your first doctor appointments during the 6th and 7th week of your pregnancy, most doctors usually choose to wait until you miss two periods or after the 8th week. Your first appointment with your doctor will probably take more time, as you will have to answer a lot of questions, fill out numerous paperwork, etc. 

Your Body
By this week, you would have missed two periods. Your first prenatal visit to your doctor will be on its way. As mentioned before, this will be one of your longest visits for all the right reasons. In some cases, your prenatal history will be taken down by a nurse or a medical assistant rather than the doctor themselves. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about any of your doubts, even if they do not ask about it. 

The constant growth and development of your baby will be based on your intake of foods with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Therefore, to ensure that your baby gets equal proportions of all these, your doctor would prescribe a prenatal vitamin during your first visit. Do not miss taking this every day. Start the habit of taking this vitamin at the same time each day, like after your breakfast or dinner. Taking your vitamin after food will reduce the chance of you feeling nauseous, as your stomach will be full. Also, you can take your vitamin with orange juice, which helps in the better absorption of iron in your body. 

Be careful not to take your vitamins more than the recommended quantity in a single day. By taking a prenatal vitamin, you are not excused to eat foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients. It is always best to absorb vitamins and minerals in their natural form. 

First Ultrasound
Most pregnant women enjoy this prenatal test the most. An ultrasound is a diagnostic test that is painless and is based on sound waves, and almost all pregnant women will take at least one ultrasound test during their pregnancy. Your first ultrasound test will be from 18 to 20 weeks of your pregnancy, but sometimes you may be required to take one before 12 weeks in order to ascertain your due date. If yours is a high-risk pregnancy, then chances are you will be required to take more than one ultrasound tests or an earlier one. 

The ultrasound done during your first trimester will show your baby’s size, umbilical cord, and heart rate, and also the placenta. It will also help you determine the number of babies you are carrying.

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