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Pregnancy Quote:

“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited.”
– Anne Christian Buchanan

 

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Size of Fetus at Seven Months:

At the end of 7 months, your baby is approximately 14 1/2
inches long, and about the size of an acorn squash.

 

Energy Levels During Pregnancy

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Before pregnancy, you were a multi-tasking marvel, full of energy and getting everything done. Now, it seems like you are running on empty all of time, regardless of how much rest you get. Sound familiar? Just know that you are not alone.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “ Fatigue during pregnancy is most common during the first trimester. It tends to go away during the second trimester, but will usually return in the third trimester.”1

What’s causing your energy crunch?
A decrease in energy during pregnancy may be due in part to fluctuating hormones, particularly progesterone, which can cause you to feel tired and lethargic; normal mental, physical, and emotional stress associated with pregnancy; and constantly having to wake up at night to go to the bathroom.

Iron-deficiency anemia can also zap your energy. Iron-deficiency anemia affects about 50% of pregnant women, particularly during the third trimester.2 According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the daily recommended amount of iron during pregnancy is 27 mg.3

 


 

 Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin B12

What you need to know!

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12, part of the B-complex family of vitamins, is a key nutrient that supports health in a number of ways.

The importance of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 promotes the formation of red blood cells, supports energy levels, muscle function, and the development and function of the central nervous system.4

Are you getting enough?

Foods rich in vitamin B12 include milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, and fortified foods including breakfast cereals. The average daily recommended amount of vitamin B12 for pregnant teens and women is 2.6 mcg; for breastfeeding teens and women, it is 2.8 mcg.5

 


 

Normal to Experience:

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Mood swings

Experiencing mood swings during your seventh month of pregnancy is normal. During this time, your hormones are still fluctuating. Your mood can also fluctuate from the excitement of meeting and bonding with your new bundle of joy, to the possible apprehension of giving birth and being a new mom. The American Pregnancy Association (APA) offers the following tips to help you manage any stress you may be feeling at this time.

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a break during the day to relax
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Eat well
  • Spend time with your partner
  • Take a nap
  • Go for a walk
  • See a movie with a friend
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Try pregnancy yoga class or meditation
  • Get a massage6

If your mood swings last more than two weeks, and do not seem to get better, the APA states that you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about a referral to seek counseling.6

 


 

Watch Out for:

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Flare ups of chronic diseases

While certain chronic conditions such as psoriasis seem to improve during pregnancy, the following need to be closely monitored because they can led to complications.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): High blood pressure during pregnancy may lead to complications such as preeclampsia and premature birth.7 

Diabetes: If untreated, diabetes can lead to premature birth, birth defects and miscarriage.8

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): If you have IBD, you may be more susceptible to having a low-birthweight baby, premature birth, preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM), and miscarriage.9 

 


 

 

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. Fatigue During Pregnancy, American Pregnancy Association,
    http://americanpregnancy.org/your-pregnancy/fatigue-during-pregnancy/  
  2. Bothwell TH, Iron requirements in pregnancy and strategies to meet them. Am J Clin Nutr. July 2000;vol. 72 no. 1 257s-264s
  3. Nutrition During Pregnancy. Frequently Asked Questions. Pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Nutrition-During-Pregnancy#iron
  4. Vitamin B12. University of Maryland Medical Center. http://umuch.org/health/medical/ency/articles/vitamin-b12
  5. Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health Office if Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/
  6. Mood Swings During Pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association.
    http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/mood-swings-during-pregnancy/
  7. High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy. March of Dimes.
    http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/high-blood-pressure-during-pregnancy.aspx
  8. Preexisting Diabetes. March of Dimes. http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/preexisting-diabetes.aspx
  9. Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy. March of Dimes.
    http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-pregnancy.aspx

Month Seven

06/20/2016 - Contributed by: