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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.
Spoil yourself! If you've been feeling sick, tired, or not yourself it's time to do something for yourself.
What was I doing? Forgetfulness is a common (and normal) in pregnancy. Try making lists to remind yourself of your tasks.
If you haven't felt movement yet, remember it varies from woman to woman. If it really worries you, speak to your provider about checking the fetal heartbeat.
Ask about exercising. You'll want to avoid any activities that increase your chances of jarring your uterus (like horseback riding).
Now is the time for an AFP screening if you want one.
19 wks LMP (17 wks gestation)
If you have other children, you'll want to try having them sit on your lap instead of carrying or lifting them. You don't want to risk movements that can hurt you or the baby.
Constipation is one of the most uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy. To combat it, drink lots of water and eat your fiber!
Hormones released during your pregnancy give you that glowing, healthy look and a few not-so-pleasant, but fortunately temporary skin changes.
Hormones released during pregnancy give you that glowing, healthy look... and a few not-so-pleasant, but fortunately temporary skin changes.
Watch out for unusual cravings like dirt, laundry starch, or ice chips. These cravings are known as 'pica,' which is caused by an iron-deficiency. If you're craving these things, please contact your provider!
Baby's blood cells take over for liver in producing blood. The gall bladder becomes functional, producing bile which is needed for digestion.
Lunar Month 6, 20 wks LMP (18 wks gestation)