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.

Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes

In this month, you can hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

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