At a glance
- Boy or girl?
- Discharge in pregnancy
- Battling tiredness
What’s happening to your baby
Up until this point, although your baby’s chromosones are definitely male or female, the genitals were, well, ‘unisex’.
But from week nine, he or she starts to form specific male or female genitalia. That’s not all – fingers and toes are growing (your baby even gets a tip to its nose and an upper lip).
The head is still larger than the body due to all the brain activity. In fact you could even measure brainwaves at this point. As for size? Think ‘jelly baby’. Awww.
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What’s happening to you
It’s perfectly normal to have lots of discharge in pregnancy (due to, yep, you guessed it – hormones). But it should be thin and watery, clear or whitish in colour and won’t have much of a smell. Get to the doctor if it’s yellow, green, smells off and you have soreness and itching, too It could be an infection.
Your waist might have thickened, too – but it won’t yet be from your baby (still too small). It could be fluid retention.
What you may consider doing
It’s natural when pregnant, particularly in the early days, to feel so exhausted you could curl up and sleep soundly beside an airport runway. Without ear plugs.
But when you think of the mammoth changes occurring physiologically, mentally and emotionally, is it any wonder you need a lie down? Try these tips to increase your energy, rest and lie-in as much as you can.
Hopefully by the second trimester you’ll have got your energy mojo back. You may even feel more lively than pre-pregnancy. Here’s hoping…
Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99
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