3 Months Pregnant: 8 to 11 Weeks Pregnancy

At 11 weeks, which is you being 3 months pregnant, the chorion has yet to attach completely to the endometrium. This situation is easily led to a miscarriage. Getting an ultrasound exam to see what the fetus looks like should be enough to ease mom's nerves. The face of constant worries, severe morning sickness, and physical and mental discomfort will be experienced once you are 3 months pregnant.

Note 1: The fetus at 10 weeks has visible facial contours.

Note 2: The uterus will press on the bladder, as it is now about the size of an adult’s fist.

Memo for this Month:

Fetus Size: Approx. 8-9cm

Fetus Weight: Approx. 20-30g

Uterus Size: Adult fist-sized

· Skin conditions are common

· Frequent need to urinate, susceptible to constipation

· Melasma and other skin conditions may start to occur, keep yourself isolated from ultraviolet radiation

· You should inform the people in your life that you are pregnant

· Remember to keep your hair and skin clean

· Do not miss your regular checkups in a hospital or clinic

· There is a high risk of miscarriage at this time, move with caution

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Brain Cell Growth almost Complete

3 months pregnant

At 3 months pregnant, brain cell growth skyrockets up until the end of the third month, when the majority of brain cells have finished growing. This is also a time of significant growth in the abdomen and extremities. The fetus is five times longer and six times heavier than it was last month. The fetus' body has now split into three sections and looks more human than ever.

Floating in Amniotic Fluid

As the little one wriggles around in your tummy, it is swimming in the amniotic fluid. Unable to move its hands and feet freely, it moves about like a worm, using its whole body to do so. Though not very sensitive, the fetus will feel if something happens to bump against its skin. It already has a skin with the sense of touch.

Internal Organ Growth almost done

Nutrients are absorbed through the umbilical cord. The kidneys are completely formed so the fetus can now produce urine. In addition, the heart, liver, spleen, appendix and other internal organs have all grown significantly. The internal organs are nearly fully formed. The majority of muscle structures are also approaching full development.

The Appearance of Fingerprints

What started out looking like a fishtail has completely disappeared from the fetus' body, as hand and foot growth continues. Knees and elbows have developed, allowing the fetus to bend and extend its extremities. Stretching and shaking start to take place in the neck and abdomen. Opening and closing motions start in the hands. The head starts to move up and down and fingerprints appear on the fetus' fingers.

Facial Contours Appear

Pigment becomes concentrated near the eye sockets, eyelids emerge above the dark pupils, and very fine eyelashes appear. With the growth of the helix and earlobe, the ears take shape. An ultrasound exam will reveal the fetus' nose and lips. A very fine layer of hair has grown on the skin, while sweat glands and sebaceous glands have also formed. At the end of 11 weeks, external genitalia develop gradually, allowing you to determine the fetus' gender with some certainty.

Changes in Mommy's Body at 3 Months Pregnant

Fist-sized Uterus

The uterus has grown to the size of a fist. You can feel a slight bump in your lower abdomen, but there is no way to really tell by just looking.

Serious Morning Sickness

At the most severe stage of morning sickness, which is one of the signs of pregnancy, you will feel physical discomfort and the need to vomit. Some women experience increased salivation. Morning sickness symptoms vary dramatically from person to person. You could also experience changes in the ways foods and beverages taste. You may suddenly find yourself enjoying foods you never ate in the past. Morning sickness tends to disappear after 3 months.

Vulva Darkens in Color, White Discharge Increases

Hormones play a big part in your pregnancy. They speed up your metabolism and increase secretion production. The vaginal wall and the entrance to the uterus become silken soft, while vaginal discharge increases. Vaginal discharge appears cream-white and is viscous in texture, but lacks an odor and doesn't cause itching. In addition to these changes, as the blood supply to the vagina and vulva increases, the vulva will darken in color, taking on a deep purple hue. Remember to maintain your bodily hygiene and change your underwear frequently.

Mood Swings More Severe

As is the case with premenstrual symptoms, changes in mood become more pronounced. Insecurity, anger, depression and irrational behavior may also occur. The hormonal changes taking place in your body are the source of these symptoms. Intense hunger, bloating, poor digestion and heart palpitations may occur irregularly.

Checkup for 3 Months Pregnant

Precision Ultrasound Exam

At this time, you will be able to use ultrasound to see the fetus' heart beating. Ultrasound also allows you to measure your fetus' height and the length from its head to its bottom. The baby delivery date would also be determined at this stage with some accuracy. After this, you can compare the fetus' size against the term of your pregnancy to make sure the fetus isn't too big or too small. The ultrasound exam provides all of this valuable information.

Lifestyle Changes for this Month

· If you suspect that you may be having a miscarriage because your morning sickness has gone away and your temperature has decreased, you must go to the hospital to get an exam as soon as possible. If you experience throbbing pain in your lower abdomen and bleeding, it is imperative that you go to the hospital immediately.

· Morning sickness makes it difficult to keep the food down. But because this is a time when the fetus' brain is undergoing rapid growth, you should try to eat high quality food products that are rich in protein.

· Wear white cotton underwear as much as possible. This will allow you to find even a tiny bit of bleeding while keeping you well-aerated. Your underpants should cover your lower abdomen completely. Remember to stay warm.

· Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a rapid loss of 10% or more of your bodyweight and morning sickness so intense that water comes up with your vomit.

· People who are susceptible to cold need to wear socks in the winter and ensure that their feet do not get cold.

· To prevent miscarriage, avoid heavy lifting, reaching for objects in high place and standing for extended periods.

· Eat more foods containing folic acid to prevent birth defects. Soya powder, soy beans, spinach, tangerines, oranges, sweet potatoes and grapes are all rich in folic acid.

· Medicines should be taken with the utmost caution, this includes Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prenatal Care for this Month

The Fetus has Memories: Antenatal Music and Speech Training may Begin

Though the fetus' memory center has not been fully formed yet, it can remember some things if it receives stimulation. Therefore, it is now appropriate to start antenatal music and speech training. The goal of training is to teach the fetus, but it is even more important that the mother can reach this goal without any stress. When morning sickness is at its most severe, paying attention to antenatal training isn't very easy, so just remember that managing your nutrition should be your main priority.

What You should Know: Things You Absolutely should not do during Early Pregnancy

Irregular Lifestyle

The hormonal changes of early pregnancy destabilize your body so it doesn't take much to make you feel tired. At this time, you should try to maintain a regular lifestyle and strive to find a normal rhythm for your body.

Avoid Saunas

Bathtub water temperature should not exceed 42˚C; sauna temperatures should not exceed 90˚C. At 3-6 weeks, bathing in hot springs or sitting saunas can cause abnormalities in the fetus' brain and spine.

Intense Exercise

There is a high risk of miscarriage during early pregnancy so avoid swimming, hiking, aerobics and otherforms of intense exercise. It is ok to swim during mid-pregnancy.

Holding In Urine

The expanding uterus presses down on your bladder, leading to the frequent need to urinate. Holding in urine during this time increases the risk of bacterial infections, cystisis or pyelitis.

Above mentioned information are recommended to women at 3 months pregnant.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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