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Week 19 - Trimester 2

 

Your little lodger weighs around 225g now – weigh a grapefruit in your hand and that’s about how heavy they are. Read more about this week. 

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

BABY DEVELOPMENT

There’s a whole lot of growing going on, so, though your baby is very active, they also sleep a lot. Your baby isn’t necessarily on your time clock and can wake you up at night as they move around restlessly. Try to gently caress your belly and talk to the baby when it does, it will calm them down, and maybe you’ll both be able to get back to sleep. As baby is not very big, they have lots of room to move their arms and legs around, and kicks, pedals, turns, and does lots of somersaults. To change position, they push their feet against the wall of your uterus. That's why you sometimes see that ‘alien’ bump on your belly. Remember to pat the bump to show your little one that you are there!

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YOUR BODY

Though your body is doing its job almost on auto-pilot, there are still a few things that need to be taken care of externally. If you haven’t already done so, then discuss with your healthcare professional at your next check-up about how and where you want to give birth. Hospitals usually offer antenatal classes, including breastfeeding classes, for parents-to-be, make sure you don’t miss out.

 

NUTRITION

Giving up your daily coffee for most pregnant mums seems a little harsh!  It is ok to drink a little coffee and tea throughout pregnancy, but try to keep it to a minimum and stay away from energy drinks (high in sugar and caffiene). It’s recommended to limit your caffiene intake to no more than 200-300mg per day (roughly equivalent to three cups of coffee) during pregnancy.  If you're still craving a hot drink, try some lemon in hot water for a warming caffeine free alternative.

 

TIPS

Cats have been given a bad rap in relation to pregnant women. Could your cat transmit a potentially dangerous disease - toxoplasmosis - to the baby? While there is no need to send your pet away until the baby is born you do need to take certain precautions, particularly if your cat is young. Kitten faeces can indeed transmit toxoplasmosis. It is quite common and most women develop it without even realizing. Highly dangerous to your unborn baby, fatal even, to avoid the risk, entrust all cat litter maintenance to a third person and wash your hands regularly after touching your cat.

 

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