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This week baby is packing on the pounds (okay, ounces). And it’s time to brew a magical pregnancy elixir that can help shorten labor (yes, really)!
Your precious little one may be growing up, but he's still covered in very thin and nearly translucent skin. In fact, you could even see his blood vessels through the skin right now, working hard to circulate blood throughout his body.
And on that skin, you'd find that soft, downy hair we've talked about called lanugo, which keeps baby nice and warm until he chubs up a bit more.
Speaking of hair, more luscious locks are making their debut on baby's scalp and even his eyebrows. Of course, don’t book a salon appointment just yet—it’s usually very fine hair that’s hard to see. But trust me, it’s the beginning of something beautiful. ?
Some other notables: Baby's now 2 ounces and about 4 inches long, the size of a small apple. Baby is also rolling around in your belly now, which you'll be able to feel very soon!
You are growing in a most wonderful way. Your uterus is almost at your hipbones now. During your appointments, your midwife or OB will be measuring "fundal height,” which is the distance from the top of the uterus (fundus) to the pubic bone.
Most moms have gained around five pounds by week 15. But don’t fret if you’ve gained a few more or a few less—your body knows what it's doing. (By the way, most practitioners recommend gaining one pound per week from here on out as a general guideline.)
For the first time, you may be ready to up your food intake (by about 300 calories a day, according to conventional wisdom). But remember: it’s far more effective not to count calories, but to count nutrients. ?
Something that always makes me feel better, no matter the size of my body, is exercise. Now is a great time to get started if you haven't already. I’m not talking CrossFit (but kudos to you if that’s your thing). I’m talking about moving your body every day. The benefits are endless… from boosting your immune system to your energy levels, endorphins, and mood.
Studies show that women who exercise also have healthier pregnancies and births too.
But the benefits don't just stop with mama. Exercising can also benefit your little one! In fact, it may just make baby smarter! ?
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If you talk to any midwife, doula, or crunchy mama, you’re practically guaranteed to hear about the importance of drinking red raspberry leaf tea for pregnancy.
I drank it with both my pregnancies. All my friends did. I’ve heard from tons of mamas on Facebook and via email about the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea.
But does it really work? What does the science say? And when is the right time to drink it?
Click here for the truth about red raspberry leaf tea.