Babies Movements • Some women feel baby’s movement as early as 16 weeks, but it depends on one’s weight, how baby lies in the womb, the amount of amniotic fluid and various other factors. • Initially movement feels like air bubbles or butterflies and is not a constant sensation from day to day, so might seem like it comes and goes. It is quite common that in a first pregnancy a woman only really identifies movement at about 22 - 24 weeks. Lifting Heavy Objects • Although it might well do no harm to lift heavy objects while pregnant, the ligaments in the back are all softer and stretch due to pregnancy hormones and so could ache or tear more easily. • When lifting objects in pregnancy, always bend at the knees and lift close to your body, keeping your back as straight as possible as you come upright. • As pregnancy progresses, reduce the weights lifted in accordance with comfort levels. • Once one’s preggy ‘bump’ is quite big, it is far more difficult to bend effectively at the knees when picking up heavier objects, and one needs to exercise caution. • Picking up older toddlers is a particular challenge in pregnancy as they are not a ‘steady’ weight, but might well wriggle or perform sudden movements - rather be seated and encourage a child to clamber on to your lap. Itching During Pregnancy • It is not clearly understood why itching occurs in pregnancy, but it is fairly common. • Especially the abdomen and breasts, and sometimes areas like the buttocks, labia (lips around the vagina), upper arms and thighs are prone to itching in pregnancy. • Itching is sometimes attributed to stretching of the skin or hormonal changes. • Itching is mostly not serious but extremely irritating. • Vitamin E cream often soothes itching skin in pregnancy. • Add a handful of bicarbonate of soda to your bathwater to soothe itching skin. • See your doctor if you experience undue itching in pregnancy and also feel ill, nauseous or you notice signs of jaundice (yellow staining of the whites of your eyes, for example) as this would need treatment. • Extreme itching in pregnancy may be linked to a condition called obstetric cholestiasis that requires medical treatment. This marks the end of your second trimester!
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