It might seem unbelievable, but you are entering the seventh month of your pregnancy! You seem to get to know your baby’s habits more and more: you know when he sleeps, what kind of sounds and type of music he likes, and what makes him startled. You have not met yet, but still, you know each-other deeply. This indescribable feeling marks your becoming a mother.
The expectant mother
It is highly possible that you are going to gain the most weight during the last three months of your pregnancy, which results in feeling exhausted a lot. Your body stores fat for the period of breastfeeding. By this time you keep having small and almost painless contractions regularly, signified by the momentary hardening of your belly. Your breasts keep growing, and they can be three times their original size by the end of the pregnancy. You might notice some foremilk leaking from your nipples, but this is normal.
He weighs more or less 1 kilogram and he is approximately 40 centimeters long. His liver, lungs and immune system are operational. He looks more like a newborn now, but his skin is still wrinkled from the absence of thick body fat and from the amniotic fluid. He drinks a lot of the amniotic fluid now and he urinates half a liter into it a day, so the fluid is completely changed every two hours.
There are no recommended examinations for this week.
Keep supplementing your body with the necessary vitamins, as the organs are not capable of producing minerals, so you have to take them through your food. The most essential minerals are potassium, sodium, copper, phosphor and sulfur. Trace elements, such as chrome, iron, fluoride, iodine, magnesium, selenium and zinc are only needed in lesser amounts, the most important ones being iron and magnesium. The first is necessary for supplementing tissues, cells and muscles with oxygen through the production of red blood cells. Eating iron-containing food helps to prevent anemia. The following are rich in iron: leguminous vegetables, rye, beetroot, liver, seafood, prunes and dried apricots. The utilization of iron is hindered by consuming coffee, tea and food containing calcium. Magnesium as also crucial during pregnancy, as it has a relaxant effect, has a positive effect on the heart and accelerates calcium incorporation. The most common signs of magnesium deficiency are nervousness, fatigue and low blood pressure. Peas, soy, nuts, bananas and certain kinds of mineral water contain a high amount of magnesium. It is a good idea to consult a dietician to plan a special pregnancy diet for you.
If you are still working try to reduce your office hours gradually. All the information you have gets to the baby, whether they are pleasant sounds, caresses or loud noises, arguments and negative feelings. When you are tired, irritable and stressed, the infant feels it too and he signals it to you through small movements. Women are full of questions and concerns during their first pregnancy, which is quite understandable. When you feel bad or sick you worry whether the baby inside you feels bad too. In the beginning you worry about getting through the critical period, then you fuss over when the baby will be born, and at the delivery room you count the newborns fingers out of concern. Believe it or not, every mother goes through this, and in a few months’ time, you will remember these worries with a smile on your face.