There are many common discomforts in pregnancy. Most of these can be
easily dealt with, and will pass as soon as your deliver your new
bundle of joy. Here are some tips to help you manage them.
If you wake with leg cramps, flex your foot upward. This will help
stretch the muscle. You may find that a hot pad or a gentle massage
will also help relieve the pain. To help avoid these cramps, be sure
to get some exercise daily. Also, potassium (such as eating a banana a
day) is said to help ward them off.
Once you start showing more, it's easy to let good posture go out the
door. We tend to lean back to compensate for baby's weight out front.
This puts extra stress on your lower back. Remember to stand straight,
wear sensible shoes, lift only by bending at the knees, and sit in
chairs that provide back support. You can use an extra pillow if your
An increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is normal as long as
it is clear and white. If you notice a smell, itchiness, or color,
you may have developed an infection. It would be a good idea to let
your doctor know.
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
Indigestion or heartburn
The length of your baby this week is an average of
1.75 - 2.4 inches and your baby weighs about 0.3
ounces. You baby is entering into another rapid growth
period, in fact, in the next few weeks, you can expect
baby's length to double!! Baby's head is about half the
length of the body now. Beginning this week, the
external genitalia is developing, although it's still
too soon to tell if you are having a girl or boy by
Disclaimer - Each pregnancy, expectant mother, and unborn child is different. Your pregnancy may not progress the same as the information found here. The information here is based on the average pregnancy. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice your may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your doctor.