Don't be surprised if you're experiencing a bit more energy and and an increased appetite during this week of pregnancy. It can mean a couple things:
For one, if you've been experiencing nausea or morning sickness during this pregnancy, it may be finally starting to fade. This is likely because your hormones are leveling off a bit.
The second reason is that all of the resources your body has been using to rapidly create a new human being may be a little less in demand at this point in your pregnancy.
As you approach the second trimester of pregnancy, you'll likely return to at least some form of normalcy as far as energy levels go. Most women experience another dip in energy levels in the third trimester as their bodies prepare for labor.
If you feel like eating more, you will still want to take caution in eating. With increased appetite during this time of pregnancy sometimes comes increased constipation and heartburn.
If heartburn is an issue for you, read Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy.
Your Baby's Development
This week your baby is just under 2 inches long, which is about the size of a fig. All of your baby's parts are nearly fully formed and he or she is starting to more and more resemble a miniature newborn.
At this point, you could count your baby's individual fingers and toes. No more webbed hands and feet!
Your darling is now kicking and stretching on a regular basis, though you won't be able to feel any of these movements for another month or two.
Other Developments this Week:
- Tiny tooth buds are beginning to form
- Ears are nearly in their final shape
- Your baby has visible nipples now
- Your baby has growing hair follicles and fingernails
- If it's a girl, she now has ovaries
Nutrition During Pregnancy
As your appetite increases, it's important that you learn how to properly eat to sustain your body and your baby.
If you are seeing a doctor or obstetrician during pregnancy, you may receive little to no nutritional counseling, or even conflicting nutritional advice.
One thing is for sure, pregnancy is not the time to limit your intake of nutritious foods. You should worry less about the scale and more about getting plenty of good calories to sustain your baby's growth and the many changes your body is going through.
If you're interested in understanding how nutrition impacts your pregnancy and breastfeeding, I recommend the book Beautiful Babies – nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and baby's first foods.