This past week, I started my third month! Only seven more months to go! Honestly, it feels like forever already. Between the nausea and fatigue I feel like I’ve aged 10 years. Luckily I don’t gag on my prenatal pills (most women do when they’re nauseous) so at least I know my baby is getting the nutrients she needs. I make sure to drink a lot, too, to avoid dehydration. A friend of mine is about a month ahead of me and was hospitalized for 2 days to restore fluid in her body. Since she told me that, I make sure to drink, like, a gallon a day! It’s very important to stay hydrated, even during the winter months.
At week 10, baby is about one and a half inches long, weighs about half an ounce and is growing every day. The fingers and toes are “un-webbing” and hair is beginning to grow. The vital organs are starting to function and the inner ear is complete. You may start to feel your clothes tightening at this stage, but most women can push off maternity for another two months or so. You can ask your doctor about performing a CVS (chronic villus sampling) test which is usually performed around now. Similar to an amniocentesis, the CVS will screen for genetic diseases. Talk to your doctor about it and do your own research as there can be drawbacks. A major one is that it increases your risk of miscarriage – not by much, roughly around 1/100 – but it’s a decision you need to make.
In response to the question, “What nutrients should i be getting in these first few months?” – Sarah L. from Wisconsin:
The main nutrients you should be focusing on are iron, protein and calcium. You should be getting about 25 milligrams of iron a day to avoid anemia and iron deficiency. Lean red meat, leafy green vegetables, certain cereals (read the nutritional information), and cashews. Vitamin C enhances the iron in foods, so be sure to get enough. Protein can be found in dairy products, eggs, fish, chicken and peanut butter. Try to get around 70 milligrams a day. It’s important to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. Calcium is found in most dairy products, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, and some cereals. 3 servings a day should cover the daily requirement.
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