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So much happening this week! But what’s up with that… tail? Plus, are you taking the best prenatal for you?
Your lil' bambino is about the size of a dried lentil (humble beginnings). And I hate to break it to you, but she’s got a tail! ? But don’t worry, she won’t come out looking like a kangaroo; the tail disappears around week 8.
Still, there’s a lot of action happening in that tiny little body of hers. Let's start with her heart: It's pumping away at over 100 bpm and organizing in a way that will soon resemble four heart chambers.
Speaking of chambers, her early brain sections have developed too! We're talking about the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain—the very beginnings of your Baby Einstein.
And if that wasn't enough, the cells of other vital organs like the liver and lungs are on board now, too.
Physically, you probably haven’t noticed many changes yet unless you've been hit by morning sickness (or rather ALL DAY SICKNESS).? Don't worry, we've got you covered with natural morning sickness remedies that may help.
Don't be worried if you've dropped a few pounds due to food aversions or loss of appetite. Morning sickness usually passes by the second trimester, and you'll be gaining lbs like it's your full-time job around then. (Keep in mind that most OB-GYNs and midwives only recommend gaining 1–5 pounds in the first trimester anyway.)
The important thing is to listen to your body, get ample rest, take your prenatal, and do the best you can in eating nutritious meals (even if that just means consuming a natural morning sickness smoothie each day).
If heartburn is interfering with your ability to eat, try smaller meals throughout the day (but leaving at least 2 hours before bedtime without food). You can also try drinking a little raw apple cider vinegar diluted in water with your meals to boost digestion. Here are more natural remedies for pregnancy heartburn.
If you find yourself throwing up multiple times a day, be sure to check in with your healthcare provider to ensure you stay hydrated and healthy.
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One of the first proactive things you can do is get on a good food-based prenatal. If you are already, brownie points for you! :) This will flood your body with easily absorbable nutrients that will support your baby and you throughout your pregnancy.
Since the earliest part of your baby's neural tube is coming together right now, you want to be sure you're on a folate-packed prenatal, which can protect against neurological defects.
But, which is the best one to take? There are a lot of prenatals out there, even food-based ones! So, it depends on which nutrients you are looking for and if you have any MTHFR mutations.
Check out this prenatal vitamin review post to see which one is best for you (plus, get the scoop on the MTHFR gene).
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