4-month pregnancy (weeks 13-14)
Oh my! The first trimester is over aren’t you glad…I bet you are! Thankfully so far so good. Now, the second trimester starts and trust me mommy-to-be’s it is beautiful. In fact, it’s also called the pregnancy honeymoon period. There are very fine chances that by now your morning sickness is bygone. Yes, you read it right, all that annoying nausea, vomiting, headache etc are done and dusted.
In the second trimester, you may feel more energetic and active. By the end of the 4th-month, your belly will start showing too for real. Not to forget, people’s attention will be on your wellness.
Thinking what is happening to your baby? Let’s read ahead…
The second trimester especially focuses and aims at growth. So, by the 4th month, your baby is formed including all the organs lungs, kidneys, heart and so forth. For proper growth of baby, you need a proper healthy diet. This is why during 4th-trimester, diet plays an important role. Also, the body is set to work hard on calcifying the baby’s bone and all organs. Therefore, focus on what you eat, because the food will help in the growth and nourishment of your body and baby.
- High fibre includes grains, oats, green leafy vegetables.
- Essential fatty acids include Omega 3, 6 and omega 9. Peanuts, fish, olive oil and seeds are rich sources.
- Dairy products like curd, buttermilk, milk, paneer will fulfill calcium and vitamin D requirement.
- Meat: Include meat only if your nausea is gone. Also, avoid undercooked meat because they will have a lot of bacterias on them. Have tandoori or roasted chicken.
- Fruits are a bowl of joy. Make a habit to have fruits every day. 3 to 4 fruits every day as a small snack or when desired in the daytime.
- Iron-rich foods are definitely a must included in the diet. Dates are an extremely good source of iron. Other than that, dried fruits, eggs, pulses are good sources of iron.
Oh! And if you are wondering the size of your baby in the 4th month, it is of an avocado size.
Symptoms: the appearance of stretch marks, nasal problems, itchy skin, change in skin pigmentation, varicose veins, weight gain, spider veins.
Enjoy your time, keep smiling, stay happy and eat plenty of good food!