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Why are you exhausted before the sun even sets these days? Plus, natural remedies for morning sickness that actually work. (YAY!)
Hey, good lookin'! Your little lima bean is looking decidedly more adorable—and let’s face it, human—this week. His eyes are moving toward the center of his face, and there’s an unmistakable nose forming. And yes, those are ears taking shape as well.
And the tail—it’s almost gone! I don’t know why I root so hard in these early weeks for the tail to disappear. I just can’t help myself.
You’ll see many changes in baby’s limbs as well. Elbows are forming, webbed fingers begin to appear, and the legs are lengthening and extending forward.
We’re referring to your lima bean as a boy, but truly it’s too early to tell—the external genitals haven’t formed yet.
Making a baby takes a LOT out of you. At this point during my first pregnancy, I was working a full-time job, and by the end of the day, it was all I could do to crawl home, shovel down some food, and collapse into bed.
So, if you’re feeling knackered before the sun sets these days, just know that extreme fatigue is normal. Your body is working overtime right now. You are growing the foundational pieces of this pregnancy puzzle… like the PLACENTA, the organ that will provide food, oxygen, and sustenance for your baby.
If you find yourself crying over a pickle jar not opening or a commercial with puppies, you are not alone. We all get a little weepy or extra-emotional from the hormonal changes and intense fatigue.
Know that it passes, and you will get it together. For now, just keep tissues stashed in every jacket.
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Can I just say that whoever named it “morning sickness” did a pretty half-hearted job? But then again, “morning, noon, and night sickness” just doesn’t have the same ring.
I was spared the first time around, but with my second pregnancy, WOAH. I felt nauseous nearly 24/7. Although I never threw up, I was on the verge… all. of. the. time.
Here are the top things that helped me in those very nauseous weeks:
Learn many more natural ways to fight morning sickness here.
(And take heart that for most mamas, it gets better around week 13.)