Your baby today
This color 2D ultrasound scan shows a baby lying on its back with its head to the right. This is the ideal position when measuring the crown (head) to rump (bottom) length to accurately date the pregnancy: it simply measures in a straight line.
You may begin to notice some discomfort around your pelvis as your body begins to accommodate your growing uterus.
Having a few minor aches and pains during pregnancy is nothing to be concerned about. They occur because the ligaments and muscles of your pelvis are stretching to fit your ever-growing uterus. This can cause some discomfort but should be manageable. If the pain you're experiencing does become crampy, like period pain, and there is any bleeding, or if the pain becomes very severe and constant, then you should go to the doctor or the hospital to be checked. You will be examined to rule out a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Focus On... Safety
Whether you're going on vacation or on a business trip, it's important to be prepared:
- Check you're healthy enough to travel-speak to your doctor.
- Find out whether you need any vaccinations and discuss these with your doctor (see ... Doctor). It's advisable to avoid traveling to areas where there is a high risk of disease while you're pregnant if at all possible.
- Get travel insurance and make sure it covers you during pregnancy.
- Carry your prenatal records with you at all times and stay within reach of medical help.
- Don't stay seated for long periods in transit and stay hydrated. Wear support socks to reduce the risk of DVT (see ... Doctor).
- Wear adequate sun protection if you're going to a hot climate.
- Be careful about what you eat and drink bottled water.
Ask A... Nutritionist
I'm allergic to dairy products. What can I eat to make sure my baby gets the nutrients these provide?
Dairy products are an excellent source of protein, calcium (which is required for the development of your baby's teeth and bones), some B vitamins, and a little iron. And milk contains vitamins A and D. Eat foods that provide the same nutrients:
- For calcium: leafy green vegetables, particularly broccoli and kale; fish with soft, edible bones, such as salmon (canned is fine), whitebait, and sardines; calcium-fortified soy milk.
- For vitamin A: brightly colored vegetables, meats, eggs, and liver. Although most nutritionists do not recommend liver during pregnancy, if you aren't getting much vitamin A in your diet, a little will not harm.
- For vitamin D: eggs. Vitamin D is also found in most fish.
- For vitamin E: eggs, canned salmon, fortified orange juice and cereals, and fatty fish. As long as you're getting plenty of other sources of these key nutrients, your baby's health will not be adversely affected.
Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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