Second Trimester

Anterior Placenta Pads Fetal Movements

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 21 weeks pregnant, and am only 18, so am very cautious and worried about everything. I was told that you are supposed to feel your baby move a lot by now, to the point where it's even little kicks. I haven't felt a thing that I can accept as baby movement. Am I just not perceptive enough? Or is he really not kicking me?

Gaining Too Much Weight

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I'm 23 years old and currently pregnant with my first. I'm frustrated and need your help! I have already gained a lot of weight and I'm only 6 months pregnant.

I started out at a BMI of 18.5. I have gained 30 lbs, and I know that there is a lot more weight that comes at the end of the pregnancy. I don't know what to do because my diet is healthy, and I am most certainly not over eating! I eat fresh fruits and vegetables as often as I can, whole wheat cereals with skim milk for breakfast, and I don't eat fatty, greasy, or other foods that are bad.

Weight Gain

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Help! I feel terrible about myself!

My question is about excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Before my pregnancy, I was very happy with my size - 5'6" and 128 pounds. I'm now 23 weeks pregnant and have gained 24 pounds. I'm worried that I'm on track to gain an excessive amount of weight. I'm too afraid to ask my doctor about this because she is very heavy and I don't want to be offensive.

First and foremost, the baby is doing great - very healthy and growing beautifully.

Terrible Headaches

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Hello, I am 25 weeks pregnant and have terrible headaches usually daily. I had them in my first trimester, but they have gotten much worse. Usually they are there when I wake up in the morning and last all day, but sometimes they don't start until around noon.

I have been on bed rest for the past 6 weeks and will have to be on it until the baby arrives.

I drink plenty of water 8-10 glasses a day. I have always drank a minimum of 8 glasses a day. Could I be needing more than that because I am accustomed to drinking that much?

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