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Baby is looking so svelte! But why is this week such a satisfying milestone for you, mama? Plus, what’s your perfect pregnancy diet?
Hey, big boy! Baby is tipping the scales at a full 1 ounce this week, and he’s around 3.5 inches long. Overall, he’s looking a little more svelte in appearance, because his neck is lengthening and his head is more erect. (Great posture already!)
If you could zoom inside your body to look at baby, you’d see he’s covered in very thin and nearly translucent skin. You could even see his blood vessels through the skin, working hard to circulate blood thoughout his body.
Another thing that’s brewing inside baby is meconium. Yes, his intestines are already producing that sticky black poop that you’ll become intimately familiar with in 26 weeks or so.
Wait—do you see that? Your little guy is on the move, flipping and twisting around in your womb like the tiny dancer he is. But don’t worry if you don’t feel it—that usually doesn’t begin for a few more weeks.
Congratulations, mama! You’ve entered the beginning of the second trimester. It’s a satisfying milestone to reach (1/3 of the way there!), and more importantly, it means that your chances of miscarriage decrease significantly. What a relief!
Another development this week is that you may finally be starting to show! This is because your uterus has pushed out a bit above your pelvic bone, which in turn pushes your belly out. Voila! Say hello to your mini baby bump.
Which makes wearing pants difficult. Ugh…. pants. What on earth do you do about the pants?
If you’re like me, at 14 weeks you’re in that ambiguous grey zone between regular clothes and maternity wear.
My solution? Buy some cheap regular clothes a size or two bigger than normal. Don’t do that. I ended up looking bigger and boxier than ever.
If you’re in that awkward in-between area, you may want to take the leap and buy or borrow some maternity wear. Of course, elastic waist pants work great (like my dear friend, yoga pants).
Here are a couple videos I made on maternity fashion.
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Now that food sounds more appetizing (hopefully!), you may be wondering if your diet should change while pregnant. Regarding the “perfect” diet, you’ve heard it all… Eat a high-protein… NO, a plant-based one… Eat Paleo… Wait, no, eat raw. It's enough to make you pull your hair out! So what is the best pregnancy diet for YOU?
With all the pregnancy food plans out there, it can be hard to know which is best. It’s my belief that as long as you aren’t eating addictive junk food, or food that makes you feel like crud, then the LISTEN TO YOUR BODY diet is the right plan to follow. Your body has infinite wisdom (seriously), if we just listen to its cravings, signals, and messages—and obey.
I found that I felt best eating plenty of high-quality protein, like organic grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, whole dairy products, and farm fresh eggs. I also loved eating all the fresh fruit summer had to offer, as this was when I was in my hungry late-2nd and 3rd trimesters :)
Learn more about your perfect pregnancy diet here.
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