Your baby is now the size of a prune and has small indentations on his legs which will soon become knees and ankles, and his arms now have elbows that bend. Inside the mouth the buds of teeth are forming under the gums. His stomach and kidneys are beginning to work producing digestive juices and urine and if it’s a boy his testes are already producing testosterone.
Many expectant mothers find that their pregnancy hormones can cause them to become constipated. Eating plenty of fresh vegetables and drinking lots of water can help to relieve these symptoms. It is advisable to avoid foods that will clog you up further including; refined breads, cereals, pasta and rice. Exercise can also be particularly helpful for relieving the symptoms of constipation and will make you feel much better too.
Other symptoms at this stage of pregnancy include:
Fatigue – You will feel very tired and run down and as though all your get-up-and-go has disappeared. However, this is only a temporary symptom and will soon subside. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and try and get some exercise when you can manage it, it really will make you feel better.
Nausea and vomiting – The worst thing you can do when you feel sick is to skip a meal , however, if you really cannot face eating try sucking on boiled sweets or nibbling on ginger biscuits until the nausea subsides.
At this point in pregnancy many mums-to-be suffer with headaches and newly visible veins as the body’s blood supply increases. The veins are doing the important work of taking nutrients and blood to your growing baby, the good news is they will disappear once the baby is born.