2. More Changes for the Mother

The mother may begin to feel hot because the baby has begun radiating its own body heat. Her ankles, hands, and face may swell slightly and further increases in hormones can make excess hair grow on the arm, legs, and face. The abdominal skin may itch, and stretch marks can appear on the belly, thighs, and breasts. Backaches and leg cramps continue and may increase in intensity. Colostrum, a precursor to breast milk, can leak from the breasts.

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