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During this time, you may start to "show," so that you look pregnant to people around you. You may also notice some changes in your skin, such as itchy spots on your palms or acne on your face.
Your baby is now able to pass urine, and your baby's first stool (meconium) is starting to collect in his or her intestines. Hair is also beginning to grow on your baby's head.
At your next visit, between weeks 18 and 20, you may have an ultrasound test. The test allows your doctor or midwife to check for certain problems. You may find out the sex of your baby. This is a good time to think about whether you want to know whether your baby is a boy or a girl.
Talk to your doctor about getting a influenza (flu) vaccine to help keep you healthy during your pregnancy.
As your pregnancy moves along, it is common to worry or feel anxious. Your body is changing a lot. And you are thinking about giving birth, the health of your baby, and becoming a parent. You can learn to cope with any anxiety and stress you feel.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Ideally, you will gain weight slowly over your entire pregnancy:
If you stop gaining weight for more than 2 weeks, or if you gain weight faster than these recommendations, consult your doctor or midwife.
Women who are pregnant with one baby
Women who are pregnant with twins
If you are having twins or more, your doctor or midwife may refer you to a dietitian.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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