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At three months pregnant, you’ll enter the second trimester, which is great news in more ways than one.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Three Months Pregnant

At three months pregnant, some of the pregnancy symptoms you might notice are pleasant and welcome, while others are quite challenging. Remember, all of these symptoms are normal during pregnancy, but you may not experience them all:

  • Weight gain
  • Increase in energy
  • Increase in vaginal discharge
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent urination
  • Sense of calm
  • Forgetfulness
  • Changes in skin pigmentation.

Three Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Foetal development: During the third month of your pregnancy, your little one's genitals will start to form, and swallowing and sucking reflexes kick in. Sensory development continues, too: your little one will start to be able to hear muffled sounds from the outside world and will begin to become sensitive to bright lights. Ultra-fine soft hair, called lanugo, appears on the skin, though by the time of birth, most of this hair will be gone.

Changes to your body: It's possible that you might start to project a small baby bump this month, although women start to show at different times. Your breasts might also swell. One of the pregnancy symptoms typical of three months pregnant is that as those bouts of nausea subside, they’re replaced by hunger. Remember to eat well, focusing on quality, not quantity. Some women experience skin pigment changes such as a dark line appearing on the abdomen, or dark patches on the face. Some pregnant women experience a pregnancy glow, so if this is you — enjoy.

Diet and Exercise in the Third Month of Pregnancy

Many women start to notice that their morning sickness subsides, and they feel a surge of energy. Take advantage of this energy boost by starting or continuing a healthy pregnancy exercise [https://www.pampers.co.za/pregnancy/healthy-pregnancy/article/exercise-during-pregnancy-get-moving] plan. If you're an exercise newbie, check in with your healthcare provider first, but exercises like prenatal yoga and swimming could be good, safe options.

It’s as important as ever to focus on a nutritious pregnancy diet, including eating regular, small meals of protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Stay hydrated with water, and stick to a maximum of 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (which is about two cups of instant coffee).

Your healthcare provider can give you personalised dietary advice, but pregnant women should avoid fish with high levels of mercury, as well as alcohol, unpasteurised cheese and milk, processed meats, and raw eggs. Be sure to thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables under drinking water before eating or preparing them.

Third Month of Pregnancy Quick List

  • Share your baby news: At three months pregnant, you might feel ready to share the news with family and friends. Think about who you want to tell, and how.
  • Make maternity leave plans: Start thinking about how to discuss maternity leave at your workplace. Research your options, and think about your preferences. Have a plan in place for when you talk about it with your employer.
  • Pregnancy exercise: With a boost in your energy, and before your tummy becomes very big, your second trimester is a great time to get moving. Speak to your healthcare provider about safe and gentle exercise options that are suitable for you.
  • Bond with your bump: Your little one can hear muffled sounds such as the sound of your voice and your heartbeat, so start to bond with her by talking to and singing to your “bump,” or listening to your favourite music together.
  • Two Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

    Foetal development: In the second month of pregnancy, your little one, now known as a foetus, develops facial features such as the mouth, tongue, and nose. The eyelids close over and won’t open for several months. The buds of the ears will grow into a more prominent ear shape. In addition to little fingers and toes, toenails will grow. Your little one may start to make small movements, though you won’t be able to feel these yet.

    By the end of the second month of pregnancy, the organs, skeleton, and limbs will be in place. The placenta will have also formed and will provide nutrients to your little one over the rest of the pregnancy.

    Changes to your body: At this stage, your body won’t look dramatically different, but your breasts may start to feel heavier and look fuller. At some point during pregnancy, some women also develop red- and purple-coloured varicose veins, caused by increased blood volume and elevated hormone levels. Exercise can help prevent varicose veins, and for many women, they subside a few months after the delivery.

    Second Month of Pregnancy Quick List

    • Early pregnancy appointments: Keep all of your prenatal appointments to make sure you’re staying healthy and progressing well. As early as this month, and often at your first appointment, your healthcare provider will be able to hear the foetal heartbeat. If you are expecting twins or more there will be more than one heartbeat.
    • Follow a healthy diet: Your healthcare provider will be able to advise you on a nutritious and healthy pregnancy diet, and answer any questions you may have.
    • Pregnancy emotions: At two months pregnant, your emotional life might be a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Seek out a support group or speak to understanding loved ones about how you’re feeling.
    • Calculate your due date: If you haven’t yet calculated your due date, head over to the Pampers Due Date Calculator tool to find out when to expect your little one.