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Guess what weight milestone baby hit this week?! And everything you need to know about the third trimester tests you’ll be offered.
KA-BOOM! Baby Natural just crossed the 1-pound threshold! Way to go, little one! (And way to go mama, for giving baby all the great natural nutrition he needs to thrive!)
Of course, that little champ of yours won’t be content weighing just 1 pound for long. He will double in weight over the next month. And then double again. And most likely will double his weight again in the months following.
This week, baby’s sense of hearing is getting sharper. She's rocking out to the soundtrack of your heart, and getting used to loud external sounds like a barking dog or police siren.
Speaking of sounds, you can now hear baby’s heart with a fetoscope, or even a plain old stethoscope. Be still our hearts, baby!
Your belly is growing… and growing... and growing. And you might have earned what I like to call “mama marks”. (You may know them by the term stretch marks.)
Listen to me mama, if you have these red or brown marks on your skin, know that you’ve earned your stripes! You’re nurturing life itself in your belly, and your body is allowed to show for it.
If you want to reframe the way you see your skin marks, check out Love Your Lines on Instagram.
Also, do know that you can use special butters and oils to reduce your mama scars and even fade them completely? Here are some natural remedies for pregnancy stretch marks.
Most stretch marks will naturally fade with time, even if you don’t put any special potions on your bod.
Bottom line, know that you are not alone. Nearly 80% of Americans have stretch marks, and they have them for the loveliest possible reason.
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You’re in the final stretch! Not only are you almost ready to meet your baby, but you can rest assured that testing during the third trimester is a lot less overwhelming than your first or second trimester tests.
Now that you’re so far along in the pregnancy, genetic screening is no longer offered. However, you’ll still have some decisions to make about a few more tests before you’re able to snuggle your sweet bambino.
Click here to research the tests you may be offered in the third trimester.
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