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Baby’s still teeny-tiny, but which of her major organs start developing this week? Plus, is a birth center right for you?
Welcome to the official start of the embryonic period!
For the first time since conception, baby’s rapidly multiplying cells are taking on specific functions—some are destined to become blood cells, while others will soon blossom into kidney or nerve cells. Baby’s major organs—including her brain, heart, and spinal cord—have started to develop, and her body is beginning to elongate.
Baby may still be teeny-tiny—only a millimeter or so tall, in fact—but this is a monumental phase in her growth. This week and next, she’s most at risk from external factors that could cause birth defects, including excessive drinking, drug use, and certain medications.
If you didn’t know you were pregnant before, you’re likely discovering it now—because this week, Mama, you’ve officially missed a period. Congratulations!
While the majority of mamas won’t experience many physical symptoms for another few weeks, you may already be feeling some emotional side effects, like a delirious mix of joy, gratitude, anxiety, and even fear. (Totally normal, by the way, especially if you’re a first-timer.)
Some mamas may wish to document their baby’s unique “creation story,” so consider picking up a journal or scrapbook now to begin recording your ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
As exciting as this time is, it’s important that you take care of yourself: eat a balanced diet, take your prenatal vitamins, and get some rest.
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Yes, I know it's early. But at some point soon, you'll want to decide where you'll deliver your little bundle of joy.
When I was thinking about where I wanted to give birth, it was kinda the Goldilocks tale…
I knew that I didn’t want to give birth at home. As beautiful as it sounds, we lived in a small urban condo that didn’t have a lot of open space, or accessories like big bathtubs, birthing bars, or stools.
But, I also didn’t want a sterile, intervention-friendly hospital birth. Fluorescent lights, hard tables and stirrups didn’t sound appealing either.
That’s when I landed on a birth center. It was just right… It had some of the comforts of home with the resources of a hospital.
Is a birth center right for you? Find out in this article.
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