• Your Body

    Among the changes you will feel at this stage are: tiredness, as your body works double time preparing its system for your little one; tingling of the breasts—your nipples will also appear bigger, darker, and more sensitive; slight metallic taste in the mouth; nausea and morning sickness which get worse when you’re confronted with certain scents (like garlic or tobacco smoke); frequent urination, as your growing uterus presses on the bladder; constipation; enlarged abdomen; dry and flaky skin due to a number of hormones working overtime; dizziness when you stand for too long or stay in a crowded place; and change in the color of your vagina from light to dark pink, accompanied by an increased vaginal discharge.

    Your Baby
    By the end of the second month, the embryo looks more recognizable as a human being. She’s about 1¼ inches long from head to buttocks. About ¹⁄3 of it is the head. She weighs about ¹⁄3 of an ounce. Arms and legs have formed, and the baby is beginning to grow fingers and toes at this time. Cartilages are starting to be replaced by bones. At this point your baby’s major organs are fast developing, growing 10,000 times more than her size at conception. Her heart now pumps with a regular beat.

    Health and Nutrition
    To lessen nausea, munch on crackers and snack on dry toast and jelly in the morning. Stock up on food rich in protein, like legumes and meat, to avoid toxemia of pregnancy or underweight babies. While peanuts are rich sources of protein, it’s best if you avoid them especially if you or your husband has a history of allergic disease like asthma, eczema, and hay fever. Avoid any allergy-causing foods, if possible. You become allergic to something if exposed to it.

    Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal and green, leafy vegetables, and drink lots of water (it helps with the constipation and the breakouts). If you are suffering from indigestion, eat small but frequent meals, make sure to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing, and stay upright for a few hours after eating (don’t lie down right away).
    Acid reflux or heartburn is caused by the increase in progesterone. This hormone relaxes the muscles of the valve between your esophagus and your stomach, causing the gastric acids to back up.
     
    Getting Comfy
    At this time, it would also be best if you stop wearing your high-heeled or slippery-soled shoes. Pregnancy affects your body’s equilibrium, and you will not be as graceful as you once were. So to avoid accidents, stick to flat or rubber-soled shoes. Be extra careful when you’re in the bathroom.
    Get ready to buy new shoes because your feet will expand. Slip-ons are very practical.

    Second Month Musts:
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    • Avoid excessive weight gain.
    • Avoid sitting or standing for too long.
    • Wear comfortable, loose clothes. Avoid high heels or thongs that can snap.
    • Get some exercise—take a brisk 20- to 30-minute walk every day.
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