It’s time to announce to the world about the secret you have been keeping to yourself! Most moms-to-be announce their pregnancy to friends & relatives at the beginning of the second trimester. You are entering the honeymoon phase of pregnancy.
1) Genetic tests: A simple blood test can help diagnose if your baby is prone to any genetic disorders like spina bifida etc. These tests are non-invasive. Your doctor may take a look at the reports and then let you know if further testing is required.
2) Ultrasound: Most of us are familiar with ultrasound scans. These are part of regular tests during pregnancy. At each stage, doing these scans periodically helps your doctor understand how your baby is growing & how their organs are developing. Hey, it’s gives you a chance to say hello to your baby as well! You get a sneak peek at what your little nugget is doing!
3) Blood tests: These blood tests are done to monitor your iron levels and to keep an eye on blood glucose levels. This is done to screen for diabetes that can develop during pregnancy known as ‘gestational diabetes.’ Between Week 24 to Week 28, your doctor may ask you to get a blood test done to check your blood group and if you are Rh positive or negative.
Make sure to inform your doctor about your daily routine, test reports, and you still feel nauseous. Don’t ignore even the slightest of the changes. Nothing is unimportant when it comes to your and your baby’s health, mom-to-be!
1) Week 13 to Week 17:
Your baby now learns the art of sucking the thumb. This action is in preparation for the breastfeeding as soon as they arrive into this world. Around week 16 to week 18, you may feel tiny flutters inside your belly. Yes! That’s your little one rolling and happily doing those somersaults. At Week 17, your baby’s glands are busy producing a greasy substance called ‘vernix.’ This acts as a protection to your baby’s skin.
2) Week 18 to Week 23:
With the arrival of week 18, your baby’s ears begin to appear on the sides of the head. It’s time to sing those lullabies that you plan on singing after they step foot into this world. Your baby can hear sounds now! By Week 19, baby’s genitals start forming.
3) Week 24 to Week 27:
24 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby’s skin now gives a pinkish appearance because of the visible blood in capillaries. At 25 weeks, your baby will respond to your voice. They can now start identifying different sounds. So make sure all your family members start talking to your belly! From Week 25 to Week 27, the lungs start to develop and continue to develop until week 26. By the end of the second trimester, your baby’s nervous system is continuing to mature and the baby’s skin is getting smoother as they put on weight, thus gaining fat!
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