For most women, this his the best stage of pregnancy and when they have more fun. You still don't have a huge belly but you have already felt your baby moving and heard his heartbeat. Your levels of energy are high and everybody starts to notice that you're pregnant so you star to feel more excited.
The baby // Developments
The baby is growing and bay the end of this month he will measure nearly 10 inches long and measure approximately 10 to 12 ounces. Now your baby sleeps a lot, but when he wakes up he kicks and stretches and turns somersaults. Sometimes he is very active to the next moment be very quiet. His facial features are more distinct and his eyelashes and eyebrows are already distinct. Until this stage, his head was much larger than the rest of the body, but now his torso, arms and legs are growing much more rapidly and his fingers and toes as well as his nails are fully formed. His body is covered with a white protective coating called "vernix" in addition to the "lanugo" that he had before. With a Dopler device, you and your practitioner can ear his heartbeat that at this stage beats about 140 to 150 times per minute. Each month that passes he looks more and more like a baby.
Your Body // Changes
One of the greatest concern of women during pregnancy are the weight gain. Usually during the first trimester women gain between 2 to 6 pounds, but are others that maintain their pre-pregnancy weight or even lose some pounds during this period wish is considered normal. Your total weight gain will depend largely on your pre-pregnancy weight and the number of babys that you are carrying. But normally, you can expect a 2 to 6 pounds weight gain every month during the second and third trimesters. It isn't very difficult to gain the needed weight, if before pregnancy you need approximately 2,000 calories/day now, during pregnancy you will need about 2,400. If in pre-pregnancy you were very over or under weight your practitioner may ask you to watch your calories more closely. But in case of being in a normal weight you may expect to gain the right weight just by eating nutritious foods and by letting the increased feeling of hunger take you to ingest the extra calories you need.