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Your little one continues growing and developing as we continue in the second trimester. Baby is now four inches long and weighs less than two ounces. Your child is now the size of a lemon! Baby’s body will continue to grow and stretch so that its large head is proportionate.

Baby’s neck grows to support the head and the chin becomes more apparent. Eyes continue to shift into place and ears will also shift. The child’s face becomes more prominent and muscle formation will allow it to make facial expressions within the womb.

Muscle reflexes begin to develop and baby will react to stimuli. If the belly is poked, baby will wiggle away but since it’s still so small, the movement is not felt. Baby’s movements are no longer jerky twitches, but are very smooth and fluid as they move freely through the uterus.

Baby’s organs are hard at work this week. The spleen is busy producing red blood cells while the liver is creating bile. The intestines produce meconium, which will be expelled during baby’s first bowel movement upon arrival. Baby’s genitals are now fully developed but will likely be too difficult to see during an ultrasound.

Hair continues to develop but it’s not just lanugo, the soft body hair that typically sheds before birth. Eyebrows and head hair are growing, although the color may not be fully determined until birth.

About Momma

As you welcome the second trimester with wide arms, you’ll likely see a spike in energy. Now that many of your pregnancy symptoms have subsided you’ll feel more able to complete routine tasks. Take this opportunity to prep for baby’s arrival. The veins in your legs may be noticeably more predominate but this is normal as progesterone widens blood vessels to promote flow to the baby.

Hormones are influencing a lot of your body right now, which may include constipation. Drink plenty of water and eat fibrous foods like apples (with skin), bananas, and raspberries. These foods are also ideal when you’re feeling that increase in appetite. Keep the snacking to healthy foods that will provide you and baby with the nutrients you need to keep going throughout the day.

Hormones are also responsible for that stuffy, runny nose you have thanks to an increase in blood flow to your mucous membranes you may want to sleep with a warm-mist humidifier to make breathing easier.

If you’re experiencing round ligament pain remember to keep movement You may also be making adjustments to your wardrobe this week as your belly continues to make room for your growing little one. Loose, non-restrictive clothing will keep you and baby both more comfortable so don’t be afraid to lounge around in your comfiest clothes. Your breasts are still growing and changing although the tenderness may have subsided so remember to properly support your breasts. Your back will also appreciate it.

It’s completely natural and healthy to gain weight during your pregnancy and is vital for your baby. Light exercise routines and small, frequent portions of healthy meals and snacks will encourage your body to metabolize what it has rather than storing it away for later. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your healthcare provider for safe suggestions, but don’t make drastic changes without their consultation. Just remember that what you eat and drink also benefits baby so choose wisely.

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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