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Welcome to the second month of your journey to discover your bundle of joy. You reached the fifth week of your pregnancy. Unlike the first month of pregnancy, which might have passed even without realizing you are pregnant, at this point, you are very positive that you are pregnant. You must have taken a home pregnancy test by now and are filled with excitement and apprehension. Why, a pregnancy does spell some anxiety about food like what to eat and what to avoid, doesn’t it?
In this article we will discuss the food to be eat and avoid in your second month pregnancy diet along with pregnancy symptoms and fetal development of baby in second month.
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The second month of pregnancy is significant in delivering a healthy baby. The fetus undergoes many changes during this month. The heart starts to beat which can be picked up on an ultrasound. The major organs will start to bud. Distinguishing the head from the body of the fetus is possible.
Feeling overwhelmed and sore at one time and overly excited the other? Welcome the onset of the exhilarating journey called pregnancy. Not only that, you might have started the second month of pregnancy with nausea and vomiting (continued symptoms from the first month). Other symptoms like food aversions, fatigue, mood swings, food cravings, etc. will be more or less same as the first month.
The pregnancy diet of the second month should help to support the developments of the baby. Some women find it difficult to eat and drink anything because of morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms. Not to worry though, but try taking in as many nutrients as you can. Here are the vital nutrients and food that should be included in your pregnancy diet during the second month of pregnancy.
Calcium is an essential mineral that you need the most during this month of pregnancy because the ossifying of the fetus bone starts during this month. If you don’t have 1000 mg of calcium intake per day during this time, the fetus will extract it from your body’s calcium reserves, increasing your chances of osteoporosis in the future.
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You have to take extra 25 grams of protein every day during the pregnancy period. You can increase the intake of protein by including any of the following items in your daily menu:
Include fresh orange juice or fruit itself in the daily menu. It is not only rich in vitamin C and calcium, but also the tangy flavor of it will help to minimize the discomforts of morning sickness. It will also have a refreshing effect on you.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and calcium.
Remember if you are not able to stick to a healthy diet for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, there is still plenty of time to make it up for. After 12 weeks, most women find their nausea and morning sickness disappearing or dissipating, enabling them to eat better.
Beverages that have caffeine, alcohol, and food that have increased chances of food poisoning like soft cheese, unpasteurized milk products, meat spreads, and raw eggs should be eliminated from the menu. Keep off junk food and packaged drinks for your entire pregnancy, though an occasional splurge is alright. Foods that are too salty and sugary also should not be included in the second- month pregnancy menu.
Here are the changes happening in inside womb (week by week) during the second month of pregnancy:
Now you recognize how the second month (from 17 to 56 days) of pregnancy is very crucial. Your lifestyle can affect the developing fetus during this month. The mother’s exposure to drugs, alcohol, counter top medications, etc. during this period can lead to birth defects. Similarly, the diet that you follow this month also has a significant role in the healthy development of the fetus.
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