3 Months Pregnant
The first trimester is coming to an end, and you may start to feel a bit more like your old self. Hormones can still be affecting your mood and physical state however, so be prepared for headaches, mood swings, nausea, and possibly even dizziness. Food cravings and frequent urination will likely continue as well and may become more intense. If you start to have cravings for non-food items such as clay or coffee grounds, consult your doctor as these are signs of a condition referred to as Pica. It can be dangerous if left untreated, so be sure to tell someone right away if you experience the urge to eat anything other than food.
You may gain up to five pounds this month, and although you won’t necessarily need maternity clothes yet, they may be more comfortable. Don’t worry—maternity clothes aren’t nearly as frumpy as they used to be, and in fact, there are now many fashionable designs and brands to choose from so that you can keep your own sense of style while carrying your baby.
The fetus will grow considerably during the third month and begin to resemble a real baby with facial features, arms, legs, fingers, and toes. Fingernails, toenails, and ears are becoming more pronounced as well. The fetus can even move its limbs now, though it will still be a while before you can feel your baby kick. Although the baby’s sex and reproductive organs have formed, it may be quite some time before they will be pronounced enough to show up on a sonogram. Since your baby’s bones are hardening this month, it’s a good idea to eat plenty of calcium-rich foods such as cheese and yogurt.
By the end of the third month, your baby could measure nearly two and a half inches weigh up to half an ounce—this may not sound like a lot, but if you recall that the baby has more than tripled its size in two months, it’s easy to see what a great feat this is. The urinary system is now working, and the baby is producing waste products which are neutralized by the placenta. Don’t worry—your uterus and the baby’s environment are completely sterile, so there’s no need to be concerned with contamination of any kind.
By the end of the third month and the first trimester, you may actually start to feel like you’re really and truly pregnant! You may also begin to feel a bit more accustomed to the idea. If not, be sure to confide in a close friend or family member. Your body has already been through a lot, and more changes are to come—this no doubt has an effect mentally and emotionally as well.
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