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Your baby’s muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to create room for his developing brain.

You need a lot of vitamin C, folic acid, and iron in order to meet his increasing nutritional demands, you will need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron and because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, drink milk, yogurt, or enriched orange juice.

About 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day during this trimester.

Your baby's very active now and your Doctor may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks giving you specific instructions on how to do this.  Inform your Doctor if you  ever notice that your baby is becoming less active.

Heartburn and constipation may re-appear . The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract.

This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion. Sluggish digestion can cause gas and heartburn – especially after a big meal – and contribute to constipation.

Your growing uterus may also be a contributing factor to hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are common during pregnancy. Fortunately, they disappear weeks after giving birth.

Talk with your healthcare provider before using any of the over-the-counter remedies during pregnancy, and notify her of any rectal bleeding.

Eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get regular exercise to prevent constipation.

Some women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy. This results when one lie flat on her back which then causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure making one feel dizzy until you change position.

You might notice that you feel lightheaded if you get up too quickly, too. To avoid "the spins," lie on your side rather than your back, and move gently as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.


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