Chapter 4

The second three months

Weeks 14-27 – what changes can I expect as the baby grows? Can I exercise? Should I be worried about these symptoms? This chapter has all the answers

Chapter contents include:

What’s happening?:

  • The baby
  • The placenta
  • Maternal changes

Feelings:

  • Expansion
  • Movements (‘quickening’)
  • Travel during pregnancy

Helping yourself:

  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Essential pregnancy exercises
  • Nutrition
  • Sexual activity

Complications:

  • Hypertension of pregnancy and pre-eclampsia (toxaemia)
  • Sugar diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
  • Intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR)
  • Cervical incompetence/insufficency
  • Very early premature labour and stillbirth
  • Coping with the death of a baby

Continuing health care:

  • Continuing antenatal health care
  • Prenatal screening and diagnostic tests
  • Dental health
  • Education for parenthood

Planning for birth and beyond:

  • Considering where you will give birth
  • Considering breastfeeding
  • Considering employment
  • Income support
  • What to wear?
  • Household matters
  • Baby clothes and equipment

Ngawari’s story: A first birth at home