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3 Months Pregnant.

Holding pregnant belly

You are officially at the end of your first trimester!

This month is a big one for firsts. You are likely to have your first ultrasound, hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time and finally announce your little surprise to the world.

It’s important not to feel pressured to divulge your little secret just yet if you’re not ready. Discuss this decision with your partner and decide together when you want to share your big news. Consider experimenting with some fun and exciting pregnancy announcement ideas.

Another thing to celebrate is that your baby’s most critical development is now behind you both. Your chance of miscarrying has dropped significantly.

You at 3 months pregnant

At the beginning of your third month of pregnancy you should still be able to conceal your baby bump. Although your waist may be thickening and your baby is certainly growing, unless you share your special news with people your secret will be safe.

You also might have avoided putting on many kilos up till now. Especially if you've gone off certain foods or if you’ve experienced intense morning sickness or other appetite suppressing symptoms earlier on in your pregnancy.

You may still be feeling tired and a bit moody but have faith that these irritating symptoms will ease very soon.

Your skin, hair and nails might be feeling the effects of pregnancy as well. It’s common for your hair and nails to grow faster than usual and for your skin to produce more oil, which can cause a bit of acne.

Your baby at 3 months pregnant

At the beginning of this month your baby is about the size of a snow pea. Although still very small, your baby is starting to look more and more like a human.

By the end of this month, your little one will measure approximately 7.5 centimetres and during your 12 weeks ultrasound, you might even be able to see them move around.

Lots of human defining body parts are forming this month, including:

  • Longer arms and legs that can bend at the elbows and knees
  • Reproductive organs
  • Tooth buds
  • Hands, fingers and fingernails
  • Feet, toes and toenails
  • External ears

Things to think about

While your baby’s teeth and bones are forming, remember to eat plenty of foods that are high in calcium, such as hard cheeses, yoghurt, and dark leafy green vegetables.

It’s also time to invest in a good maternity bra if you haven’t already. Your breasts will blossom very soon and you’ll want all the extra support you can get. Check for deals on maternity and nursing bras for when you’re breastfeeding too.

Your dentist is another important healthcare professional to visit early on in your pregnancy. It’s important for you and your baby’s health to brush and floss your teeth morning and night.

You may also notice some pregnancy stretch marks making an appearance. It’s very common for them to appear on your breasts, belly, hips, or thighs at some stage while pregnant. Try not to panic though. They might not be the prettiest to look at, but they won’t affect your health and they should fade after pregnancy.

Have more questions on pregnancy? Join a support group (if you have not done so!). Motherhood represents a completely new phase in your life and a community of new mothers who can journey with you will be helpful! Pregnancy tips, parenting tips, free diaper samples and exclusive diaper offers shared on the Huggies Club platform can ensure you are best prepared for your newborn child too.


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