Size of Fetus at Six Months:
Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Stretch marks, medically known striae, occur in the middle layer of skin. During pregnancy, hormones block the formation of collagen and elastin, making skin fibers susceptible to breaking from constant stretching, and ultimately resulting in stretchmarks.
Try massaging skin every day with a rich moisturizer or stretch mark cream – maintaining hydration helps keep skin soft and supple so it has more “give.” Other benefits of this daily pampering ritual are that it boosts circulation, helps de-stress, and just feels good!
Maintaining a healthy weight throughout pregnancy with a good diet and exercise plan can also help reduce both the occurrence and severity of stretch marks because there is less strain on your expanding skin.
Nutrient Spotlight: Calcium
Calcium is a mineral the body needs for overall health. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 99% of the calcium in our bodies is in our teeth and bones. Since we cannot produce calcium ourselves, we must get it through the food we eat and through supplementation.1
In addition to helping your baby develop and maintain strong bones and teeth, calcium helps support your baby’s muscle strength, blood circulation, and healthy nerve function.2
Foods rich in calcium include dairy products; fortified almond, rice, or soy milk; dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens; fortified cereals; and bone-in sardines. The average daily recommended amount for pregnant and breastfeeding teens is 1,300 mg; for pregnant and breastfeeding adults, it is 1,000 mg.2
Normal to Experience:
Normal odors you may finding yourself giving off include:
Vaginal odor from discharge that is thin, clear or white, and mild smelling is normal during pregnancy. This type of vaginal odor is due to pregnancy hormones.3
Body odor is also quite normal during pregnancy and may be caused by increased fluid retention, pregnancy hormones, and basal temperature.4
Foot odor is also common when you are pregnant. This is because pregnancy hormones cause your feet to swell and spread. This can make your shoes fit tighter than normal, leading to an accumulation of moisture – and odor.5
Watch Out for:
The American Pregnancy Association (APA) classifies normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy as appearing thin, white, and milky with a mild smell. This type of vaginal discharge is known as leukorrhea, and according to the APA, is nothing to worry about. Discharge that is green or yellowish, strong smelling, and/or accompanied by redness or itching, may be due to a vaginal infection.6 Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel you have a vaginal infection so you can get checked out and discuss treatment options.
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.