During pregnancy the amount of blood in your body increases 30-50 per cent to nourish and supply the baby with oxygen.
Your blood pressure may drop and at times you may feel dizzy or faint. Eat small amounts regularly to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Naturopaths believe emotional fluctuations relate to hyperglycaemia as well as hormonal upheaval.
All your baby’s major organs have formed and the digestive system is developing rapidly. The testicles or ovaries are present although they will not yet be visible on an ultrasound scan.
To accommodate the extra blood flow, hormones soften the walls of your blood vessels allowing flexibility to stretch. To encourage venous flow (the return of blood to the heart) put your feet up whenever you have the opportunity, to avoid varicose veins developing.
It’s time to start planning a pregnancy exercise programme. It has been proven that women who are fit have safer and more positive birth outcomes. Swimming? Pilates? Walking? Yoga? To see what appeals most to suit you and your lifestyle click here
Pack away your high heels and choose flat and comfortable shoes to save your back. You’ve got a large load in store and to preserve the health of your spine, practice good habits early.
Meditation or positive affirmations may help to balance fluctuating moods. Click here for inspiration.
Start thinking about where and how you would like to have your baby so you can discuss options with your health professional.
Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.