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Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 34)

- 7 Kinds Of Fruit That Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat
- How to have natural miscarriage
- Foods That Cause Miscarriage
- Signs Proving You Have Boy Pregnancy
You are 21 Weeks Exactly 133 days to go…

Try to find ways to fit in small amounts of energizing exercise every day—you’ll feel much better for it.

Your baby today

This image shows just how large the developing eyes are underneath the lids. At birth, your baby’s eyes will be large and blue. There are no eyebrows or eyelashes yet, but this will be the first adult type of hair to grow.

Maintaining your exercise routine while you’re still working can be challenging. The last thing you may feel like doing is exercising after a day at work, especially as your pregnancy progresses. There are ways of exercising without a visit to the gym; it will just take some thought and planning. For example, every now and then, take the stairs, carefully, instead of the elevator, or get off the bus or train at a different stop, so that you walk some of the way. If there’s a pool close to work, try to fit in an invigorating lunchtime swim. You’ll feel much better in the afternoon.

Walk wherever you can, but be prepared: wear comfortable sneakers and take your work shoes in a bag with you. Remember to take some water with you when exercising, and keep hydrated throughout the day.

At night before you go to bed, try to fit in some abdominal exercises to strengthen those muscles.

… Doctor
Q: I seem to have a lot of vaginal discharge. Is this normal?
A: Yes, in the second trimester you may find that you have more discharge than normal. This is usually clear, stringy, or full of mucus and shouldn’t smell offensive. If the discharge changes, becoming thick, white, and causes itching, you may have developed a yeast infection, which is common in pregnancy and easily treated .

You should see your doctor immediately if the vaginal discharge becomes yellow or greener, or offensive in smell; see your doctor too if you have burning when you urinate, or your external genitals become sore. This may be a sign that you have an infection that must be treated. Don’t ignore any abnormal discharge since, although it won’t directly affect your developing baby, an infection can increase the risk of you going in to premature labor.

You may find that you leak urine, especially when you cough, laugh, or run. This is called stress incontinence.

Office workout

If your job involves sitting down all day, it’s even more important to find ways to keep on the move.

  • Get up from your desk at least once every hour. Walk to speak to your colleagues instead of phoning or emailing them. Volunteer to get coffee for people—this will also make you very popular!

  • Try this exercise while seated: straighten your leg out in front of you (see image), keeping your thigh parallel to the floor. Then repeatedly bend and straighten your leg to help your circulation. Follow with flexing and pointing your foot from the ankle. Do each of these exercises at least 10 times with each leg.

Your 22nd Week

You may not know the sex of your baby but you and your partner can still have fun choosing names. This is a discussion that can run on and on. Some couples don’t make up their minds until the baby is born. With such matters to preoccupy you, it’s probably hard to stay focused at work. Try to pace yourself without letting standards slip. Eating little and often, and drinking lots of water, will help you stay alert.

NOTE

Deciding on a name for your baby can be tricky, so start making that list

You are 21 Weeks and 1 Day 132 days to go…

If you often walk into a room and forget why you’re there, don’t be concerned—you’ve simply developed “pregnancy brain”!

Your baby today

Fine capillaries carrying blood underneath the skin lend a pinkish tone to your baby. Fat deposits are still sparse so the skin is still quite thin. Within the capillaries red blood cells are carrying oxygen to every part of your baby’s body.

Is your mind not feeling quite as sharp these days? Many women find themselves very frustrated by the onset of “pregnancy brain,” which makes them so forgetful that they might not remember what they’re talking about halfway through a sentence. Your ability to concentrate and pay attention to tasks may also be affected. Doctors are not sure why this happens, but it’s likely to be a result of hormonal changes. It may also happen because during pregnancy you’re focused internally: you’re going through such a major life event, and there are so many changes happening to your body and lifestyle, that you simply pay less attention to other things.

As frustrating as it is, this tendency to forgetfulness is only temporary (although it may last into the first year of motherhood—see as a matter of fact). In the meantime, try making lists at the beginning of each day and check off tasks as you go. Delegate at home and work when you can and, for once in your life, don’t try to multitask. Focusing on one thing at a time will help you remember and achieve more.

If you’re finding you’re more forgetful these days, write things down and prioritize so that you aren’t overwhelmed with tasks.

… Doctor
Q: I’ve always been an enthusiastic walker, but should I cut down on the number of miles now that I’m over halfway through my pregnancy?
A: No, you shouldn’t need to, but you might want to take extra precautions. Walking is ideal since it is low-impact exercise that can be maintained throughout pregnancy. In fact, it’s a great exercise in the later months because it doesn’t jar your knees and ankles.

If you plan to continue lengthy walks and like to walk briskly, try combining this with a slower, more leisurely pace. It’s important to control your body temperature so that you don’t overheat and feel uncomfortable. To do this, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and wear layers that you can take on and off as required.

As your belly grows, you may find hill climbing causes physical instability, as may trekking over uneven terrain, so stick to level paths. If you find yourself getting breathless, take frequent breaks. Of course always make sure you wear good, sturdy footwear, and avoid carrying heavy loads.

“Pregnancy brain” might last until your child’s first birthday.

This finding is based on research done around the world. After in-depth analysis of the results, the experts concluded that sleep deprivation in the first year of parenting may be a factor.

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