Imagine a blueberry with Doraemon-like arms and legs..
In this week, your baby has developed its arms and legs.
The arms and legs of your baby have yet to look like the arms and legs that we know instead it looks more like a round smooth fist.
But from this week, the placenta has now developed proper channels and are able to carry oxygen, nourishments, and carbon dioxide to and from your baby’s body and yours.
Soon the baby would have to rely 100% on the mother for nourishment but for now, the baby receives nourishments partially from the egg sack that had formed from one of the blastocyst cells.
Dark Areolas and Food Cravings.
In this week, you will still experience morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, and vomiting.
Additionally, your areolas (the skin at the centre of your breast, surrounding the nipple) will begin to darken.
You may also experience food cravings during this time.
Include Iodine In Your Diet.
Another good nutrient to have during pregnancy is iodine.
Iodine helps in the neurological growth and development of the baby.
Although the daily requirement of iodine for pregnant mothers are less than 250 micrograms, there is no harm in taking supplements of iodine.
However, make sure to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
A lack of iodine during pregnancy can cause neurological abnormalities such as deaf mutism, intellectual disability, and motor spasticity.
Iodine deficiency may also cause stillbirth and miscarriage.
In the other hand, if you want to do it naturally, there are a number of foods that are rich in iodine.
One of the foods is seaweed!
Wakame, Nori, and Kombu Kelp are types of Japanese seaweed that are very good sources for iodine.
Take A Break From Your High Risk Adventures.
Even while pregnant, mommies have to keep moving and stay active but that does not mean that you should continue doing every activity.
Some activities pose a high risk to your pregnancy.
Contact sports such as soccer or basketball puts you at a potential to get hit or even fall down.
Other activities such as, hiking, horseback riding, or skating is also a no-no because you may fall.
During this week, your pregnancy is still not strong enough and has a high risk of miscarriage.
So, avoid doing adventurous physical activities.
If you are an active mom who just could not sit still, there are various ways that you can get active that will not put your pregnancy in danger.
For instance, if you love cycling, you can opt to cycle on a stationary bike instead where it is much safer.
Something To Take Note of:
Now that pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting, are starting to show.
Make sure to have a good rest and keep yourself hydrated.
If the nausea and vomiting become excessive to the point where it is hard for you to eat or drink, please visit your doctor for aid.