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What’s that white stuff starting to covering baby’s skin this week? And to ultrasound or not to ultrasound? That is the question.
Hello, sweetie! Baby is as big as a mango this week, and she’s doing great! Her arms and legs are now much more proportionate to the rest of her body, and she’s looking more and more like the baby you’ll meet in 20 weeks or so.
One of the first things you’ll notice when baby is born is that her skin is covered in vernix, a cheesy white substance that starts developing now. It may sound a little gross, but the vernix is actually super beneficial in protecting baby’s skin while she’s in the womb—and it continues to protect her after she’s born, so try to prevent your support team from wiping it off. Instead, rub it in!
Neurons are now connected between baby’s muscles and her brain. As a result, she’s far nimbler, and able to move better than ever (and perfect those judo chops you may be feeling in utero!).
As your body is S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D, you may be feeling it. Literally. It’s called round ligament pain, and it’s associated with the second trimester of pregnancy when your belly grows like crazy.
The round ligaments support the uterus and are like rubber bands that connect your legs to your uterus. If you move too quickly, you’ll feel a sharp, shooting pain down your groin. Totally normal. But definitely not comfortable.
As best you can, change positions slowly. Be sure to do your daily optimal pregnancy exercises too, which will keep your pelvis balanced, and may help your ligaments stay stretched out and relaxed.
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To ultrasound or not to ultrasound? That is the question.
For most pregnant mamas, ultrasounds are just a given. Of course I’ll get ultrasounds!
But there are actually some slight risks when it comes to ultrasounds. And studies haven’t shown any improvement in fetal outcomes when diagnostic ultrasounds are used.
If you’re anything like me, you might want at least one baby ultrasound throughout your pregnancy to check for baby’s anatomy and make sure everything is OK.
I believe there is a sort of “middle way” with ultrasounds that will let you gain any possible benefits while minimizing any potential downsides.
See what I’m talking about in this article: The Truth About Baby Ultrasounds.
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