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Your tiny dancer is getting his or her groove on… but you may be feeling DIZZY. And is it okay to drink coffee during pregnancy?
Baby is about as big as an apricot. But she won’t stay that way for long. You may not have noticed, but she’s been on a major growth spurt these past few weeks, almost doubling in size.
She’s also growing into more of the beautiful little human you’ll see on her birthday. Her fingernails are growing in, her ears are almost perfectly formed, nipples are visible on her chest, and she’s even developing hair follicles on her head. But if your baby is anything like mine were, those hair follicles won’t really start working hard until her first birthday.
Your sweet baby is also getting her groove on—twisting, turning, kicking, stretching, and even hiccuping. Although, you won’t feel any of these movements from your tiny dancer for another couple months.
Nausea. Fatigue. Constipation. I feel like we’re just piling one pregnancy side effect on top of the other in this series. But I’m afraid I’ve got one more to add for you.
Here’s the deal. Even though your blood volume is so much higher, you may still have trouble keeping up with the needs of your baby and your own expanding circulatory system. This lower blood pressure can result in less blood circulating to your brain, which in turn can cause dizzy spells. I know my head would really spin when I’d stand up quickly after sitting for a while.
As always with pregnancy, take it easy, make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids, and keep up with the great nutrition. In fact, seasoning your food with high-quality sea salt can help build your blood volume, support your adrenals, and may reduce dizziness. Eat strategic snacks throughout the day like toasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt, or celery (naturally high in sodium) with salted almond butter.
If dizziness isn’t an issue, go on your merry way, mama!
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So, you’re exhausted. This is normal. But you've got to go to work, or take care of your older child. What's a mama to do? Mr. Joe saves the day!
Some like it black. Some like it with steamed milk or cream. But there is no doubt about it, coffee is the elixir of choice for many mamas. If you don't drink it (like me), know that you are a rare breed. If you do drink it, here's how you can do it safely during pregnancy, as there can be some risks.
Speaking of caffeine, did you know that chocolate contains it too? Not as much as coffee, but if you notice it bothers your sleep, enjoy your chocolate before 3 p.m.
And enjoy that chocolate, mama! Did you know a study shows that mamas who consume chocolate regularly have happier babies?! It's true! Click here for scientific proof that chocolate is important to eat during pregnancy. If you’re watching your carbs or blood sugar, know that there are low-carb options out there as well, all detailed in the post.
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