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PREGNANCY WEEK 20: Stretch And Flex.

Your Baby Is More Active.

Although you may not feel it, your baby is doing a lot of stretches and flexing.

Vernix caseosa which is a fatty substance is being produce by your baby’s pores and during will be secreted in the third semester.

The substance will act as moisturiser to your baby’s skin to protect her skin from pruning for being immersed in the amniotic fluid for so long.

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Here shows how your baby has grown over 10 weeks. (Left: Week 10, Right: Week 20)

I’m Losing My Breath.

In this week of pregnancy, you may observe a change in your breathing.

Breathlessness is normal during pregnancy as the changes in your body is causing you to take deeper breath with every inhalation.

You may feel it getting worse as your belly grows because your womb is pressing against your lungs but that is no reason for alarm.

Only contact your doctor if you start feeling fainting spells or heart palpitations.

Iron For Oxygen Transportation.

Do you know that Iron can be found in our blood cells?

It helps the cell called hemoglobin that is in our red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout our body.

Without iron, your red blood cells would not be able to transport oxygen efficiently.

Iron is also used to produce red blood cells.

Pregnant woman needs more iron than a non-pregnant woman because they need to produce more red blood cells.

Due to the significant increase in blood supply during pregnancy, the demand for iron also increases.

A pregnant woman needs about 27 mg per day.

Different type of irons is produced by meat and vegetables which is heme iron, and non-heme iron, but both is accepted by our body.

Foods that are a good source of iron includes lean beef, chicken, spinach, kale, lentils, and broccoli.

Here is a recipe that you can try at home that would make great healthy snacks!

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Shoe Shopping? Shoe Shopping!

It is time for some shopping!

As your baby bump grows, your feet and ankles will start to swell due to fluid retention.

The increase in weight also puts pressure on your feet so it is best to wear shoes that are comfortable and non-restricting.

What’s Not Normal?

Stretch marks is becoming prevalent as your womb expand.

Tiredness and sleeping problems are common occurrences during this stage of your pregnancy but there is nothing to worry about it.

However, do contact your doctor if there is any vaginal bleeding, vaginal fluid leak, low blood pressure, rectal pressure, shoulder pain, severe pelvic pain, or cramping.

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