During the next 3 months of your pregnancy you will probably put on about 6 kilograms, even though your unborn baby will only weigh about 1 kilogram by the end of this part of your pregnancy. The other weight will be in the placenta, your uterus, breasts and extra blood.
Many women find that their hair is thicker during pregnancy – this is because not so many hairs fall out during the pregnancy. If this happens for you, you will notice that you lose more hair than usual two or three months after your baby is born, until your hair returns to normal. Around eight out of ten pregnant women experience cravings for at least one particular food. Some crave sweet foods while others want more salty snacks, spicy foods or fatty foods. Morning sickness will usually settle about now – but some women will feel sick through their whole pregnancy. Talk to your midwife or doctor if morning sickness is still a problem for you. From now on your uterus will grow larger and your abdomen will become more noticeable. At your antenatal visit, the doctor or midwife will feel your abdomen to check the size of your uterus, which has now risen out of your pelvis & listen to your baby’s heart rate with a doppler & check your blood pressure.
Your growing baby has now pushed up the top of your uterus and this can be felt between your pubic bone and navel. From now on, your baby weighs more than the placenta (the afterbirth). Your baby will now be about 19 cm long and weigh about 170 g. Your baby is able to kick, grasp and suck.