How your baby’s growing
This week’s major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you’d find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.
Your baby has tiny webbed hands and feet shaped like paddles. Your baby’s heart beats almost twice as fast as yours. Your baby’s tongue and vocal cords are beginning to form.
What is happening to my Baby?
What should I plan this week?
- Plan your first antenatal visit with your doctor. At this stage your doctor will confirm your due dates either by your last menstrual date or ultrasound if you are not sure of your last period. You could even see your baby’s heart beat on the ultrasound scan. Other health checks will also be done including checking your blood pressure and your urine for sugar or protein.
- Blood investigation will be done to check for blood type, your haemoglobin level and screen for infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis. You would be able to detect any anaemia. It is important to know your blood group i.e A, B, AB or O and Rhesus type either positive or negative. The Rhesus factor is determine by the type of protein on the surface of their red blood cells. Majority of women are Rhesus positive. Being Rhesus negative may have implications to your pregnancy especially in the future if your partner is Rhesus positive.
Tips of the week
- Eat small but frequent meals
- Consider changing your toothpaste!
- Drink ½ hour before and after meals not during meals
- Avoid spicy and oily foods
- Sniff lemons or ginger
- Get some help with the cooking if this make your morning sickness worse
- Drink lemonade
- Eat some salty potato chips to settle down the stomach
- Eat dry crackers early in the morning when you wake up
- Get some anti-nausea medication from your doctor. It is safe to take during pregnancy.