The first 6 weeks following your delivery is still part of the childbearing cycle. Called the postpartum period, it brings many changes as your body adjusts to a non-pregnant state.
Your baby's skin is pink to reddish in color and is smooth. The body is continuing to fill out. The sucking and grasping reflexes are strong. At about 34 weeks, a substance that is necessary for the lungs to function (surfactant) is steadily produced.
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Walking is an excellent form of exercise for most women during pregnancy. It helps to alleviate discomforts that you may experience, such as leg cramps, constipation, insomnia, and fatigue.
Is it ok to walk up and down stairs? I was told that the umbilical cord can wrap around the baby's neck.
I'm 22 weeks pregnant, and I don't feel the baby move, is this normal?
Also, I have constipation, and when I have a bowel movement, there is a little bit of mucus when I wipe my behind. What is this?
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are not uncommon during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are varicose (swollen) veins of the rectum and are usually painful. They most often make their appearance during the third trimester.
Constipation occurs when there is abdominal pain or discomfort, difficult and infrequent bowel movements, and the passage of hard stools. Unfortunately, constipation affects approximately half of all women at some point during their pregnancy.
Exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common problems of pregnancy. It improves circulation (which helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles).
The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before these signs of pregnancy kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all.
As pathetic as this sounds I do believe that the stool softeners are my new favorite medicine! After being on the pills for a few days, that ache I was feeling has gone away. Hurray! I am so thankful it wasn't anything serious.