Your Baby's Development
Welcome to the second trimester of pregnancy! Your
placenta has developed and is providing your baby with oxygen, nutrients, and waste
disposal. The placenta also makes the hormones progesterone and estrogen, which help
to maintain the pregnancy.
By now, the baby's eyelids have fused together to protect the eyes as they develop.
Once you take
your newborn home, you might be wishing for those eyes to close once in a while
so you can get some rest!
Your baby might be able to put a thumb in his or her mouth this week, although
the sucking muscles aren't completely developed yet.
At your first prenatal appointment, your health care provider probably
gave you a prescription for prenatal vitamins. Taking these supplements, in addition
to eating a healthy
diet, ensures your baby gets needed vitamins and minerals, such as folic
acid, zinc, iron, and calcium, which aid growth and development. Talk to your
pharmacist about the
best way to take your vitamins (such as whether they should be taken with food).
PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week
- Trimester 1
- Trimester 2
- Trimester 3