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Congrats on making it through the 1st trimester! Baby is celebrating with you by releasing some… interesting things in utero.
Baby is tipping the scales at a full 1 oz. this week! Perhaps it’s all that food she’s been eating? True, she doesn’t technically “eat” while in utero; she consumes the by-products of whatever you eat, after your body breaks that food down and passes along the nutrients.
Speaking of passing things along, your baby is now peeing! Yes, her kidneys are up and running, and all of her urine will be flushed out into the amniotic fluid. (So, yes, she technically drinks her pee. Something I know a thing or two about.)
And what about #2? Well, baby is also hard at work producing meconium—a sticky black or dark green tar-like substance, comprised of epithelial cells, bile, mucus, and lanugo—that will form her first official bowel movement.
Congratulations, mama! You’ve made it through your first trimester! Only two more to go.
On the to-do list this week: find maternity clothes. Seriously. You may very well be showing now, and your pants probably don't fit like they once did.
But, 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 now. Of course, elastic waist pants work great (like my dear friend, yoga pants), but I found that buying a few "nicer" pieces made me feel a million times better.
Here are a couple videos I made on maternity fashion.
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What to Eat When Pregnant- Your Perfect Pregnancy Diet
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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