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My second month of pregnancy


This is a key stage in the development of his senses: from the end of the seventh week onwards

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Where is my baby?

His face is starting to take on his definite form: his eyes, ears, nose and mouth appear, followed by the tongue and even the buds of his teeth. His head is now well formed and more than twice the volume of his body. This is a key stage in the development of his senses: from the end of the seventh week onwards, the optical nerves are already capable of noticing variations in light levels.

All his organs are in place - some tiny and others enormous! His brain and his pulmonary and digestive tract are developing at great speed. As far as his heart is concerned, he has gained so much in volume that he forms a little bump at stomach level! His liver is also taking up a lot of space.

Your baby's little body is changing rapidly: His vertebral column is forming, his arms and legs are lengthening, his elbows appear, his fingers and toes are becoming distinct ... he is already a miniature human being!

Your baby's muscles are now in place and he is starting to move, but in an involuntary manner ... His movements may be visible during the first ultrasound examination (which generally takes place between the 9th and the 11th week of pregnancy). You will have to be patient a little longer before you will feel him!

My good dietary habits

At this stage of pregnancy, nausea and vomiting, especially in the mornings, is not a rare occurrence! If this is the case, speak to your doctor about it. To relieve it, avoid very rich or fatty food and divide up your meals, allowing yourself one or two little snacks between your three normal meals. Repeated vomiting may result in slight weight loss. Don't worry about it as long as it remains moderate, otherwise you should speak to your doctor about it. To avoid fatigue and discomfort as a result of this nauseous state, don't skip breakfast. If you do, you may develop cravings and a drop in energy during the morning! More than ever before, varied and balanced nutrition is that you need. You should take care to consume sufficient carbohydrates (bread, starches such as potatoes, cereals, legumes, etc.), which will give you energy.

Also remember your hydration by drinking at last 1.5 litres of water a day (or more in summer!). Water is an essential component of your blood, the volume of which has increased a lot since the start of your pregnancy for the exchanges between the foetus and the placenta that are required for your baby's nutrition. It also ensures the good functioning of your kidneys, which eliminate waste, as well as those of your baby. Banish all sugary carbonated beverages and limit your intake of beverages containing caffeine such as coffee and tea.

A question of months: what is the ideal snack?

At this stage of pregnancy, the ideal snack is a dairy product + a cereal product + a beverage. An example?

1 apple, 1 slice of whole-grain bread and 1 cup of milky tea or 1 home-made snack: white cheese, sliced red fruit and a crumbled biscuit, accompanied by herbal tea. If you prefer savoury food, you could have 1 slice of whole-grain bread and some radishes. Avoid pastries and other very fatty or sugary foods. Your snack will also give you a chance to balance your diet by providing you with the nutrients you are lacking: 1 block of dark chocolate to supply you with magnesium, or 1 citrus fruits for some vitamin C.

Your baby's fingers and toes now have their final form and he has developed another characteristic that distinguishes him from monkeys (thank goodness!): he is capable of opposing his thumb and index finger.

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