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Pregnancy Quote:

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.” – Author Unknown

 

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Size of Fetus at Five Months:

At the end of 5 months, your baby will be approximately
10 inches long, and is about the size of a small artichoke.

 

5 Natural Sleep Remedies

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For women who are pregnant, getting a good night’s sleep (about 7-9 hours each night) may prove challenging. The following five natural sleep remedies may help.

Yoga and slow stretching: Can help you unwind, alleviate anxiety, de-stress, and prepare for childbirth.

Deep breathing: Most people don’t breathe correctly, or at least in a way that benefits most. Be sure to take long, deep breaths from the diaphragm.

30 minutes of exercise daily: Non-strenuous exercise, such as walking, daily for about 30 minutes can help you sleep, de-stress, and improve sleep quality.

Extra pillows: Extra pillows may help relieve pressure points and keep you from tossing and turning. Depending on your sleep position, try a pillow tucked under your tummy or one tucked between your legs.

Take a warm bath or shower: A relaxing warm bath or shower helps adjust your body temperature, signaling that it is time for sleep. Just make sure the water is warm, never hot.

 


 

 Nutrient Spotlight: Iodine

What you need to know!

What is Iodine?

Iodine is a key nutrient the body needs to make thyroid hormones, which are essential to every cell in your body. Though the body cannot produce iodine on its own, iodine may be obtained through diet (seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs)
and supplements.

The importance of Iodine

Thyroid hormones are essential to every cell in your body and support the healthy development and function of your brain, heart, bones, muscles, metabolism, and immunity. Thyroid hormones are also vital to the healthy development of the central nervous system and skeletal system of a fetus (or a baby) during pregnancy.1-4

Are you getting enough?

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) recommends that women who are pregnant or lactating intake 220-250 mcg daily and those who are breastfeeding intake 250-290 mcg daily.5 To help meet these recommendations, the ATA suggests taking a supplement with 150 mcg of iodine as potassium iodide.5

 


 

Normal to Experience:

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Facial hair

Facial hair is very common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes. You may also find excess hair starting to sprout on your breasts and stomach. This increase in hair growth is not permanent. Most excess hair goes away after you give birth or after you stop breastfeeding.

Hair removal methods seen safe during pregnancy include tweezing, waxing, shaving, and threading. If the increase in facial hair concerns you, ask your healthcare provider to suggest the safest, most effective method for you.

 


 

Watch Out for:

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Round ligament pain

According to the American Pregnancy Association, the round ligament connects the front portion of the uterus to the groin. Normal movement, such as standing up quickly, laughing, or even coughing, can make these ligaments stretch and contract quickly, causing pain. This pain should only last for a few seconds; however, if the pain lasts for a few minutes and becomes severe, call your healthcare provider immediately.6

 


 


This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.


References:

  1. Iodine Deficiency. American Thyroid Association. Publish Date: Jun 4, 2012. http://www.thyroid.org/iodine-deficiency/
  2. Galliford TM, Murphy E, Williams AJ, et al. Effects of thyroid status on bone metabolism: a primary role for thyroid stimulating hormone or thyroid hormone? Minerva Endocrinol. 2005 Dec;30(4):237-46. http://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/minerva-endocrinologica/article.php?cod=R07Y2005N04A0237
  3. Mullur R, Liu Y, and Brent GA. Thyroid Hormone Regulation of Metabolism. Physiological Reviews Published 1 April 2014 Vol. 94 no. 2, 355-382 DOI: 10.1152/physrev.00030.2013, American Physiological Society.http://physrev.physiology.org/content/94/2/355
  4. Iodine, Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Office of Dietary Supplements. National Institutes of Health.https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/
  5. American Thyroid Association (ATA) Issues Statement on the Potential Risks of Excess Iodine Ingestion and Exposure. Publish Date: Jun 5, 2013.http://www.thyroid.org/ata-statement-on-the-potential-risks-of-excess-iodine-ingestion-and-exposure/
  6. Round Ligament Pain. American Pregnancy Association.
    http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/round-ligament-pain-during-pregnancy/

 

Month Five

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