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Baby is getting plumper and bonier at the same time—what’s up with that? Plus, what no one tells you about sex during pregnancy.
Baby Natural’s skeleton has been cartilage up until this point, but now it's hardening into bone—in part because you’re getting lots of natural calcium in your diet, right?
Baby is also putting on some body fat (welcome to life, sweetheart!), which will make up about 2/3 of her body weight when she is born. She’s developing sweat glands too.
Finally, baby is becoming much more proportional in size, with her body and limbs catching up in size to that big, beautiful noggin of hers.
Feeling baby's flutters yet? This phenomena is called “quickening”, and many mamas experience it around week 16.
Sometimes it can feel like gas, nerves, or an upset tummy, but it’s really your little bambino shaking his or her groove thing in the disco inside your belly. The flutters will graduate to full-on kicks after week 20, so you’ve got that to look forward to.
If you’re not feeling baby yet, DON’T WORRY! Some mamas won’t feel movement for a few more weeks. Just know that it’s coming soon!
Here’s more info on when you’ll feel baby begin to move.
Note that the position of your placenta can affect when and how well you feel your baby move. I felt my first child move right around 18 weeks. With my second pregnancy, I had an anterior placenta, which means the placenta is positioned on the front wall of the uterus as opposed to the back. As a result, I didn’t feel her move much at all until the 3rd trimester.
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Being pregnant was the one time in my life that I felt I could relate with a teenage boy. You see, I thought about sex… a lot. I wanted it a lot. And I enjoyed it a lot. Who knew this was a perk of being pregnant? No one tells you this stuff!
And it makes sense. Biologically, your uterus is enlarged with more blood vessels, so more blood flow reaches your clitorus, a woman’s biggest erogenous area. Even your breasts may be more sensitive to the touch. All thanks to that increased blood flow!
Take a little tip from me. Enjoy this magic middle-of-pregnancy sex NOW, because it will end at some point as your belly reaches historic size. And most likely, it will take a nosedive postpartum, as your hormones and blood volume regulate.
It’s actually quite lovely… it's almost nature’s way of letting us get even closer with our partners before baby comes. This strong bond will be important as you both encounter some of life’s hardest work: being a parent.
Here’s everything you need to know about sex during pregnancy.
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