Facts 19 to 22

Facts 19 to 22

“Is our baby developing normally?”, “Who will our baby look like?”, “How will our older child react?” Here are 25 facts about pregnancy to help guide you through this period.

Did you know that too much stress during pregnancy could have repercussions for your baby years later? Recent studies show that a child whose mother experienced major stress during pregnancy could, for example, be more at risk for attention deficit and behavioural disorders. This is why it’s important to find ways to reduce your stress levels during pregnancy. Prioritizing, learning to say no, setting aside time to relax, exercising, as well as eating well and getting enough sleep (if possible!) could all help in better controlling your stress.

Generally speaking, most jobs are safe for pregnant women. However, employers may be required to adapt the position to the pregnant employee, assign her other tasks or offer preventive leave. This is the case when, for example, the work is physically demanding or requires long periods of standing. The same applies if the job involves working with young children or sick people, if there are toxic materials to handle, or if tasks must be performed in a hot and noisy environment. If a woman believes her working conditions represent a risk for her pregnancy, “she must see her doctor and ask the doctor to fill out the form for the CSST’s ‘Safe working conditions for a safe maternity experience’ program,” says Dr. Nathaël Leduc Arbour. “The CSST will then decide if she is eligible.”

Each pregnancy is unique – just as each child, each parent/child relationship and each person’s approach to parenthood is unique. Weight gain, for example, can differ from one woman to the next, and even from one pregnancy to the next. Some pregnant women have fabulous skin and others have acne. The body adapts differently each time. It never reacts the same way to the hormones. A second pregnancy often makes the tummy protrude faster than the first. On the other hand, it’s not rare in your second pregnancy to start feeling your baby’s movements much sooner than with your first. Each pregnancy is an adventure of its own!

No, it’s not crazy to talk to your baby during the pregnancy! Between weeks 20 and 24, babies can start to hear sounds coming from outside the womb. Your baby is in fact more sensitive to deeper sounds like daddy’s voice. “My partner is pregnant again and I know that the baby can hear my voice,” says Jocelyn, father to 20-month-old Félix. “At night, I bend over my girlfriend’s tummy and talk to the baby to say good night. It’s my way of communicating and bonding with my baby.”

Naître et grandir

Naître et grandir magazine, October 2015
Research and copywriting: Kenza Bennis
Scientific review: Marie Fortier, nurse and prenatal class instructor