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This week, it’s all systems go with baby (well, sorta). What’s up with your suppressed immune system? And is the pain of natural childbirth really worth it?
Baby is as big as a small plum, and he’s looking remarkably handsome, if we do say so ourselves.
At this point, most of baby’s major systems are formed, so there won’t be a lot of news flashes in the coming weeks. But, each of those systems will continue to mature and grow in size.
During this week’s midwife visit, you may be able to hear baby’s heartbeat if you choose to use a Doppler. If you’re foregoing the Doppler in favor of a fetoscope, you won’t be able to hear baby’s heartbeat until around week 20.
Baby’s heart isn’t the only organ that’s acting all grown up. His small intestine can now push food through his bowels.
Baby’s central nervous system is maturing as well. When baby hears a loud noise or feels sudden movement, he may react with a squint, open mouth, or wiggle.
Your uterus is now the size of a grapefruit. Yay! Your body is changing and supporting that beautiful baby of yours. As part of this, your immune system will be suppressed in these early weeks of pregnancy so that your body welcomes (instead of attacks) this new guest growing in your belly.
I remember being only 2 weeks into pregnancy and catching a cold. I thought it was because of the winter… but it was probably due to this immune-dampening effect of pregnancy. This is why moms with autoimmune diseases like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and others may actually feel BETTER during pregnancy.
So yeah, you may be getting more colds or flus during pregnancy. But don’t despair. There are some wonderful natural remedies that might kick them out fast.
Flu During Pregnancy – Natural Remedies
Cough and Cold During Pregnancy – Natural Remedies
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Natural pregnancy isn't for the faint of heart. And neither is natural childbirth.
I was tempted to get the epidural and even a c-section if it meant less pain. Why go through all that needless suffering?
But once I started researching, I was amazed at the incredible benefits of natural birth for both baby and mama. Once I knew this, I couldn't go back to the medicalized model of birth. I had to give natural birth all that I had (while accepting that sometimes interventions are necessary).
It helped me immensely to know that most mamas gave birth “naturally” for thousands and thousands of years. I was not alone.
What is your why? Discovering and focusing on WHY you want a natural birth will keep you going when the going gets tough.
If you need some more reasons for natural birth, check out this post.
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