Your Pregnancy Guide




MONTH 3

Your Baby

-Fingers and toes have soft nails.

-The mouth has 20 buds that will become baby teeth.

-Fine hairs begin to form on the baby’s skin.

-You can hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time (10 to 12 weeks) using a special instrument called a doptone.

-For the rest of pregnancy, all body organs will mature and the baby will gain weight.

-By end of this month, the baby is about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and weighs about 1 ounce.

Your Body

-You may still feel tired and have morning sickness.

-You may have headaches and get lightheaded or dizzy. If these symptoms persist or are severe, tell your health care provider.

-Your clothes may begin to feel tight around your waist and breasts. Try pullover tops and skirts or pants with elastic waists.

Prenatal Care Guide

-Visit your health care provider for one prenatal checkup.

-You have a slightly increased need for almost all vitamins and minerals to nourish your baby. A healthy diet helps to meet these needs.

-You may have gained 2 to 4 pounds by now. A woman who starts pregnancy at a normal weight should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Ask your health care provider how much weight you should gain.

-Exercise can be beneficial. Walking is a good choice. Check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.

-If your health care provider recommends prenatal testing using chorionic villus sampling (CVS), you can have the test now.

NEXT: MONTH 4