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Your pregnancy: week by week. Part 2
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Your pregnancy: week by week. Part 2

Here is the continuation of previous article... Even more intresting facts about your pregnancy, your baby‘s development and you might even find some advices.

Week 15

If you take a peek in the mirror, you might notice another set of strange pregnancy symptoms like skin darkening: most commonly around your nipples, areolas, navel, armpits and inner thighs. It shows up for more than 90 percent of moms-to-be. If you have dark hair and fair skin, you are also more prone to a condition called chloasma - a darkening around the eyes, nose and cheeks. It usually fades a few months after delivery and there is not much you can do to prevent it. Avoiding spending time in the sun and wearing a hat with a wide brim outside may help.

Week 16

Butterflies in your belly? It might be your baby kicking! Most pregnant women experience this major pregnancy milestone between their 16th and 20th weeks. The first kicks, called quickening or flutters, are so subtle that they are often mistaken for stomach rumblings or indigestion.

Week 17

Your belly may have been rounding out for a few weeks now, but pretty soon it is going to start to really pop and everyone will be able to tell you are trully pregnant. When the world will know tuo are expecting, be ready for many happy looks and smiles. And while we are talking about you getting bigger, you should also be ready that you may be gaining almost a pound a week right about 17th week.

Week 18

You might think that your baby can become a football player now! These kicks will be stronger and more defined than the popcorn popping, butterfly feeling of quickening that you have previously felt. Some moms see the first kicks as a confirmation that there really is a baby growing in there.

Week 19

Could not say that you are so graceful as you used to be? Do not worry if you are a bit more wobbly these days. It is totaly understandable that your growing belly has shifted your center of gravity, which can make you more prone to slips and spills. You will adjust eventually, subconsciously tweaking your posture and gait to offset that expanding tummy. But these changes can the famous achy back. To prevent the pain you should stand up straight when you walk so your hips and shoulders stay lined up. Sitting with your feet slightly elevated and sleeping on your side in a fetal position can help too.

Week 20

This week is a cause for celebration because you have reached the middle point of your pregnancy! Now others will really notice a change in your profile, you clearly look pregnant now. If you have not felt round ligament pains yet, you may soon. These sharp pains in your hip, abdomen or groin are normal. As your uterus grows, the round ligaments, which are attached to your pelvic sidewall and each side of your upper uterus, are pulled and stretched.

Week 21

It is unlikely that you will feel great about your body all the time. Every woman has at least one time when she thinks what is happining to her and her body during her pregnancy. But there is obvious fact - you are not fat, you are pregnant! These nine months are not such a long time and after them you will have your pre-baby body back. In the meantime, appreciate your newfound happiness. Show off your belly instead of hiding it.

Week 22

Dizzy? It is another normal pregnancy side effect and it shows that your blood pressure has dropped. Your blood cannot move as fast as it used to, so you might feel lightheaded after standing for a long period of time. You are probably enjoying the benefits of pregnancy hormones now in the form of thicker hair and stronger nails, but along with the gorgeous locks, you must say hello for a few unwanted hair.

Week 25

Say goodbye to your little belely. Your uterus is growing big! It is now about the size of a soccer ball. As your uterus continues to expand upward, the top is nearly midway between your breasts and belly button now, your middle will grow longer and wider. Makes sense because your baby is going to be pushing past the two-pound mark in no time and you have to make room for her in there.

Week 26

By now you should have gained about 15 pounds  and maybe even more. It may sound like a lot and you may not be in love with your pregnancy size, but remember – you cannot avoid it. Do not forget that you have baby inside, your breasts are larger and after those spectecular nine months you will get to your ussual body shape.

This time we will end here, but do not worry, there will be the third article too.

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