Kidney beans-All kinds of beans – black, pinto, red and kidney beans are high-octane sources of antioxidants. Beans are also rich in muscle-boosting protein, have no cholesterol and little fat. Combing them with grains helps in making a complete protein meal.
Raisins-If you’re looking to load up on antioxidants, have a handful of raisins. Dark raisins are packed with anthocyanins that give you an energy boost. Sprinkle them on your breakfast oats, add them in a salad or blend some with your smoothie.
Barley-This ancient grain is trending again and for good reason. Barley is known for its powerful antioxidant properties that make you stronger from within. Also, it has been found that when grains like barley are soaked and sprouted the antioxidant levels increase.
Tomatoes-Juicy tomatoes are packed with three types of antioxidants – Lycopene (that gives tomato its bright red colour), Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C is one of the most potent kinds of antioxidants that you can derive from fruits and vegetables. The lycopene in tomatoes is best absorbed when they are cooked.
The Fourth Month of Pregnancy
Moles and freckles may become darker with the increase in skin pigmentation. There is pigmentation around the nipples
A dark line may appear down the centre of the stomach
An increased appetite results in clothes getting tight
The waistline starts to expand
The baby bump begins to show as a gentle rounding of the stomach
The breasts may still be of normal size but they will grow in the coming weeks.
Features of the Baby
Length: 6 inches
Weight : 135 gms
This is a period of rapid growth for the baby.
Fine hair appears on the body and face
The skin is transparent showing the blood vessels underneath
Joints have formed and hard bones are developing
Sex organs are mature enough to disclose the sex
Baby sucks the thumb
Baby’s heart beats twice as fast as the mother
Baby moves around vigorously though the mother still cannot feel it
The baby has a neck of its own
The baby’s fingers have their own finger print pattern
The head is still large for the body.
Both the partners must give up smoking if not done already.
As the appetite is growing the mother needs to be more careful of what she is eating and avoid unhealthy food. It pays to be sensible and watch the weight.
It is a good idea to check with the doctor who may recommend iron supplements around this time. Iron supplements should be taken on a full stomach and preferably with a good source of vitamin c to increase their bioavailability.
Normally after the first trimester the folic acid supplements are stopped.
It is time to make a second visit to the antenatal clinic where there would be an ultrasound scan; a serum screening test and amniocentesis if there are any chances of the baby having any abnormality.
Question of the day
How can you be sure that the baby is normal?
The chance of the baby being abnormal is very slim as most abnormalities occur in the initial weeks and end in a miscarriage. By now the baby is fully formed and if the parents ensure a good lifestyle, which provides a safe environment for the baby, the risks can be reduced further.
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