The end of this week marks an important milestone – the end of the first trimester and the beginning of the second! Once you’ve reached this stage, the whole pregnancy experience changes – your risk of miscarriage is very low and the nausea will start to fade. You’re also not at the point where you’re lugging a 5-7 pound baby, so you’re feeling quite great! This week, your uterus will move out of the pelvic bone, so you should find that you don’t need to run to the bathroom as often as before. You can also expect to “pop” in the next few weeks, if you don’t have a small belly yet.
The baby is approximately 3 inches long and weighs close to an ounce. On a whole, she resembles a human being, with a distinct head, arms, legs, torso and features. Your baby should move in response to poking or prodding, but you won’t be able to actually feel it for the next few weeks.
Some women start to experience heartburn around this time. Now that your fetus is positioned higher up, the uterus pushes against your diaphragm and causes heartburn. Some tips on avoiding and alleviating heartburn are:
1. Drink plenty of water before, during and after meals, but be sure to drink in sips. Drinking large amount of water at a time will cause heartburn
2. Try not to eat 2-3 hours before going to sleep
3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals as opposed to 3 meals a day
4. Stay away from spicy, greasy and fried foods
5. Carry a bottle of tums with you wherever you go
6. Avoid sauce condiments, such as ketchup, BBQ sauce and tomato sauce.
7. Try to remain upright for at least 2 hours after eating
If these steps don’t help, you can talk to your doctor about medications that will help the discomfort.
In response to the question, “How can I find out if I have gestational diabetes?” – Laura S. from New Jersey
Towards the end of the second trimester, your doctor will perform the one hour glucose test. If the results come back will elevated sugar levels, you will undergo the three hour glucose tolerance test to screen for diabetes. If you are at high risk for diabetes (overweight or family history) be sure to discuss it will your doctor. While gestational diabetes can be scary, it will go away after you have a baby, and with proper care and caution, your baby will be safe.
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