Congratulations! This week, you are halfway through your pregnancy. The baby has completed half of her time in your womb. Your baby is about 300 g and rapid brain development has begun. His eyebrows and hair become visible, and fine body hair, called “lanugo”, covers the entire body but especially the face and neck. Your baby’s heartbeat is faster and his swallow reflex increases, which helps to develop the digestive system.
You continue to gain weight rapidly. Your increasing blood pressure during pregnancy and the growth of your baby’s placenta cause the need for more iron in your body. Remember that red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women, as well as poultry. Some non-meat sources of iron are spinach, prunes and raisins, and you can choose iron-fortified cereals.