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Your Baby

Approximately 7.5 inches long and 1 pound in weight, your baby is about the size of a package of butter (4 sticks). Although the fetus has begun to build a layer of fat, he still hasn't filled out. The skin hangs loosely and is wrinkled and red.

Your Body

If you find yourself prone to tears or quick anger, you're not alone. Many women report intense mood swings, particularly in the first and third trimesters. It's a lot like what many women experience in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In fact, if you've had PMS in the past, you’re more likely to notice mood swings now. You may also feel distracted and forgetful. This, too, is normal and common.

Healthy Tip

Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have symptoms of depression that are severe or last longer than 2 weeks. These include sadness, trouble concentrating, guilt, worry, indifference, or changes in your sleeping and eating patterns.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that 14% to 23% of women struggle with depression during pregnancy. This common condition does carry risks for mother and baby, so addressing it is part of good prenatal care.

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