Their thorax – their chest, basically - begins to rise and fall. They are irregular movements for the moment. It may be through this mechanism that their olfactory system starts to “smell” your environment, driven by the aromatic molecules in the amniotic fluid. However, your baby won’t really perceive odours for real until the seventh month, when their nervous system is sufficiently mature.
Your baby should be making their appearance in about 24 weeks. You may be feeling wonderful, thrilled to be pregnant and full of energy. Conversely, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, like your body is not your own. Both scenarios are totally normal. If the latter is true for you and you are also feeling a bit blue, talk to your doctor about it. They may have some solutions or be able to provide support to help you feel more yourself.
Feeling a bit ‘clogged up’? Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. To prevent or ease constipation, drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in fibre, such as fresh whole fruits and vegetables, whole-grains and legumes. Don’t strain or push during bowel movements and maintain your physical activity. Speak to your doctor if you are feeling like you are constipated.
Moderate physical activity during pregnancy is recommended for healthy women. Exercise can help to maintain healthy pregnancy weight gain, as well as to improve constipation.
Health Link BC. Pregnancy: Hemorrhoids and Constipation. Pregnancy: Hemorrhoids and Constipation | HealthLink BC Accessed September 2021.
Public Health Agency of Canada. Physical activity during pregnancy. Physical activity during pregnancy - Canada.ca Accessed September 2021.
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