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What you need to know about the third month of pregnancy?

The Vessel:  You are now at the last month of the first trimester.  At the end of this month, you may observe that you have more energy as the hormones balance out and your heart adapts to pumping more blood.  The risk of birth defects and miscarriage is now reduced but you will need to continue with a balanced diet and refrain from harmful chemicals and drugs.  By now you are familiar with the physical changes that took over your body over the past three months.  Some of your symptoms will fade after the first trimester.

On the other hand, some symptoms such as constipation may worsen. Veins may now be more noticeable in other parts of your body like the stomach and legs as they facilitate increased blood supply.  Like the physical symptoms, some of your emotionally changes may begin to even out as the expecting mother becomes more calm and bonds with the new life within her.

The Passenger:  The foetus is now 2.2 inches and growing fast.  The lungs are functioning though not fully and breathing begins.  The head is much larger than the foetus’ body with teeth buds forming and hair covering the delicate scalp.  The sex of the baby can be determined as the genital organs complete with ovaries/testes are created.

Movement and heart beat is now stronger and an experienced mother may be rewarded by being able to feel her baby moving slightly within her.  With the development of more organs, the foetus now makes waste that is passed through the umbilical cord.  At the end of the first trimester, your baby now weighs about one and a half ounces.

What you need to know:

Exercise:  The objective of any exercise regime is to keep your body in shape with minimum injuries and maximum results and exercising during pregnancy is no different.  Before you begin any exercise program, pregnant or otherwise, you should consult your doctor.  This is particularly significant for an expecting mother as each pregnancy presents its own complications and history and only her doctor can advise her concerning what exercise routine she should assume.

What you need to know about the third month of pregnancy?

There is no argument that a sensible exercise regimen is advised during your pregnancy as this affords the mother a better all-round feeling, can even help during labor and can help her get back to her pre-pregnancy shape faster.  Exercise also helps to increase your chances of an on time delivery even in women who are at high risk for preterm labor.

Expectant mothers are urged to start slowly and begin an exercise routine that suits their level of fitness, as pregnancy is not the best time to attempt an exercise program that may do more harm than good.  For instance, it is not recommended that someone accustomed to sitting behind a desk all day to suddenly take up hiking or any such strenuous activity.  If you begin to experience spotting or bleeding, persistent shortness of breath or have sustained a fall or injury contact your doctor immediately.

While exercising, extra care should be taken to get your recommended eight glasses of water per day as dehydration can lead to your uterus also being dehydrated.  A dehydrated uterus can lead to your uterus becoming irritable resulting in cramping of your uterine muscles, which can bring about preterm labor.

Some of the suggested activities that are considered safe during pregnancy are:

  1. Swimming
  2. Walking
  3. Dancing
  4. Stretching
  5. The use of personal exercising equipment e.g. Treadmill.