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Priya K + Follow 03 Mar 2017
Week 27 Pregnancy

Finally! The second trimester is on the verge of completion. You have made it to the last lap of this beautiful and incredible journey. Kudos to you lady!

GROWTH OF THE BABY: The baby weighs about 2 pounds and measures above 14 inches. Your little one has a routine of its own, waking and napping regularly, listening intently to the outer world, deriving nutrition from the food you intake and bracing for the outer world. The brain tissues are rapidly developing and the skin is becoming plumper.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY: The body might tend to feel excessively itchy. Keep your moisturizer handy. Make sure the product is safe to use during pregnancy.
Most women at this stage are simply waiting for it to be over. The swollen and sore body becomes hard to carry around.
Curiosity reaches its nadir. You must be wondering about the child’s well being, whether you would be able to meet the needs of the little one. Or maybe, wondering about the sex of the child. How would you design the nursery?
You feel big and bloated which probably leads to sleep deprivation. All this takes a toll on your body leaving you perpetually jaded.

DIET & FITNESS REGIME: Vitamin -B6, also known as pyridoxine, has many essential functions in the body. As with most nutrients, B-6 requirements are increased during pregnancy and lactation. It is not difficult to meet B-6 requirements from dietary sources. Most prenatal supplements also contain 100% of the FDA's recommended Daily Value, or DV, for B-6.
B-6 Functions
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, B-6 is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for over 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism. It is essential for red blood cell metabolism; B-6 deficiency can lead to a form of anemia similar to iron deficiency anemia. For the immune system, B-6 helps maintain the health of organs that make white blood cells; B-6 deficiency can decrease antibody production and suppress immune response. B-6 also aids in nervous system function, the conversion of tryptophan to niacin, and maintaining normal blood glucose levels.
B-6 During Pregnancy
According to the Institute of Medicine, the requirement for vitamin B-6 during pregnancy is 1.9 milligrams daily; during lactation, 2.0 milligrams daily.

One of the easiest ways you can meet the B-6 recommendation from food is to eat a fortified cereal for breakfast or as a snack.
While a half-cup of canned garbanzo beans contain 30% of the daily requirement, a chicken breast provides 25% of daily need.
The American Pregnancy Association cautions against taking more than the Recommended Daily Allowance of any nutrient during pregnancy unless under the direction of your health care provider.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists considers B-6, or pyridoxine, a first-line treatment for morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy

INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Gynecologist

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS: Relax lady! The time ahead is going to be more strenuous. So make the most of your time now, doing things, which you would definitely forget with the baby in your arms, constantly wining for your attention.

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum. 

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