3rd Month Pregnancy Care – What To Expect, Do’s & Dont’s

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You are now officially in the last month of the first trimester! The feeling sure is exciting.

The third month of pregnancy commences a rapid development of your baby. You will begin to experience some new overwhelming feelings during this time. Your body will be set to undergo major transformation! 

Get ready for a plethora of advises and suggestions from the near and dear. You are now set to announce to the world (if you haven’t done already) that you are pregnant!

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3rd Month Pregnancy Care – What To Expect?

Here are the few things that you will have to bear in mind at the commencement of your third month:

  • You will be recommended a series of medical tests to check such as your weight, blood pressure, uterus growth, baby’s heartbeat and urine.
  • You will undergo a complete scan, for the first time in your pregnancy, which looks at your baby and his/her heartbeat. Get ready to be surprised and overwhelmed!
  • Get mentally prepared for a number of bodily changes at the commencement of your third month.
  • Make sure you talk to your gynecologist about your anxieties and fears. They are but natural, thanks to the waging hormones.

Changes In Your Body:

During this phase, your body is quickly adapting to your growing baby. Here are some of the key changes that will be happening to your body:

  • If you had morning sickness before, the feeling may get intense or reduce this month. You are likely to feel dizzier and throw up more often than before.
  • Make sure you speak to your doctor about the inconvenience. If you are a working woman, you will need to take special care during 3rd month of pregnancy dealing with the frequent throwing up and uneasiness.
  • You may still feel dizzy while performing sudden reflexes like sitting and standing.
  • The vaginal discharge might increase.
  • Get ready for a gush of hormonal changes. You will experience a roller coaster ride of emotions.
  • Your gums may also bleed due to the shift in hormonal balance.
  • Constipation will be gradual and you may start developing hemorrhoids. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and foods rich in high fiber.
  • You will experience a dull to heavy back ache, which is majorly caused due to the excessive leaning backwards. This happens naturally to support your baby’s weight in the front.
  • Fatigue comes and stays like an unwelcome guest. You are likely to feel more tired, sleepy and exhausted than before.
  • Your abdomen will continue to expand. This is also a good sign indicating that the chances of any likelihood of a miscarriage to occur are very less now.
  • You will feel less nauseous by the end of the third month. The morning sickness will eventually fade out, giving in a rush of food cravings. Don’t be surprised at the kind of foods you can crave for at this point in time.
  • You will slowly emerge from being tired to being fit and active by the end of the month.
  • Your nipples will change too. They may appear darker and larger, in many women.
  • A dark line starts to develop down the middle of your abdomen to your pubic bone. This is due to the change in hormones.
  • You will start to gain weight from here on. Make sure you eat healthy during this month as some women who tend to neglect their diet now can lose weight, which is not a good sign.

[ Read: 3rd Month Of Pregnancy Diet ]

Changes In Your Baby:

Your baby will now commence the phase of rapid development. Here are some of the changes happening to your baby inside your womb as you battle the extremities outside:

  • Your baby’s bones will now start to ossify or harden, forming a concrete body structure.
  • Do not expect to feel your baby move yet; there is still time for that.
  • Your baby’s eyes will be large and wide open, even though his eye lids will form later.
  • The external ears have formed by this time.
  • There is still time for your baby’s reproductive organs to form. However, the external genitalia will begin to differentiate.
  • Your baby is no longer a fetus. The tail bone is now redundant, in short, it disappears.
  • Your baby’s head will still be the biggest part, about 1/2 the size of the rest of the body.
  • The brain cells of your baby are rapidly developing.
  • Your baby will now weigh about 14 grams and be about 3.54 inches in height.
  • Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard with a Doppler by the end of the third month!
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