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14 wks LMP (12 wks gestation)
You may start to feel better with less nausea and mood-swings. However, it's normal to continue with morning sickness and hormonal changes.
The baby's finger and toe nails are starting to grow from their nail beds. Remember to pack small scissors or special finger nail clippers in your birthing supplies.
As your ligaments and muscles begin to stretch to accommodate your growing uterus, you may start feeling some cramp-like pains. Make sure to call your doctor if it is accompanied with fever, bloody discharge, or if the pain becomes unbearable.
Feeling congested? Nasal congestion is common during pregnancy from swelling in the mucous membranes. Ask your physician which medications are safe during pregnancy before taking anything.
During the next few weeks, you may be asked to take an AFP (alphafetoprotein) screening test. Make sure you do your research and ask questions of your practitioner to be sure about the benefits and drawbacks of AFP testing.
A heating pad or hot water added to a towel can help those aching back muscles and provide some relief.
15 wks LMP (13 wks gestation)
Early movements like butterfly flutters can be felt as early as 14 or 15 wks, although most women feel movement around wks 18-20.
Wearing support hose, watching your weight gain, and elevating your feet can reduce swelling (edema) that can occur with pregnancy.
The rest of baby's face begins to form. The tail has disappeared and the head makes up about half of baby's size.
Your heart is pumping more blood providing more oxygen for your baby. This can make you feel energetic and tired.
As your pregnancy continues, it is normal to have a whitish vaginal discharge called leukorrhea. Remember to contact your physician if it's accompanied by fever, pain, itching, burning, or changes in color.
Nausea gets better. The triple-test, when deemed necessary is normally done between week 15 and 18.
Lunar Month 5, 16 wks LMP (14 wks gestation)
Remember to avoid x-rays when you're pregnant.
The baby's ears and eyes have moved to their final positions look more "normal" by now.
Sleeping and resting on your left side increases circulation to your baby and the rest of your body too. The chance of miscarriage gets much lower after this week too.
What are they testing for? When the nurse takes your urine sample each visit, they are probably testing for glucose and proteins in the urine. An abnormality in these would require further testing.
Don't tire yourself out with over-doing exercise, cleaning, or working. Exhaustion isn't healthy for you or the baby. Everything in moderation.
If you're currently working and plan to return after the baby, find out now about your employer's maternity leave plan just in case you need to start saving vacation time or start re-working your finances.
You can feel your uterus just below your belly button now. It should be the size of a cantaloupe or a little bigger.
17 wks LMP (15 wks gestational)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most frequent problems during pregnancy. Symptoms include painful urination, urgency, and frequent urination. Drink lots of fluids and empty your bladder often to help prevent UTIs from occurring.
The baby is beginning to accumulate a little fat now. It's important still to eat balanced, nutritious meals to meet your energy needs as well as the baby's needs for development.
You may be tested for Strep B between now and the end of pregnancy. This is a normal precaution and Strep is easily treated with antibiotics during labor to protect your baby.
Personal Reflection: "The fifth month was a turning point. I went to bed normal-sized and woke up with a basketball for a belly."
You might start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions. These are not the real thing, just your body getting ready.
Grab your favorite beverage and comfy chair and listen to our podcasts! Spans TTC to baby and beyond!
18 wks LMP (16 wks gestation)
Are you having any dental problems or concerns? Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums and make an appointment at the dentist.