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It’s been a big week for your little one. Wait until you find out why! Plus, all the deets on the 1st trimester tests you’ll soon be offered.
Okay, now we’re getting somewhere! Look at that beautiful little human being! Baby’s head is upright, the neck is more defined, and stop the presses... Are those actually… Wait, let me count them. One, two, three, four… Yes! 10 fingers and 10 toes.
What a pivotal week it’s been. Baby is the size of a grape tomato and growing into a glorious little person. Eyelids almost cover her eyes completely, and her ears are taking shape.
Her limbs have lengthened, and baby has begun to shake her groove thing. Dance party in your uterus! But you won’t feel any of her fancy footwork for another couple months.
Inside baby, the gallbladder, liver, and spleen are taking shape. Her heart has split into four distinct chambers, and the valves are forming.
Genitals are developing now too, but it’ll be a couple weeks before you can truly tell whether we should be calling her a he or she.
For someone who had never experienced heartburn before, I was so surprised to feel this acidic burning feeling in my chest. What in the world?
Pregnancy heartburn is real for many of us pregnant moms, often in the first trimester and again in the last month or so. Thanks to pregnancy hormones, our digestion slooooooooows way down. In particular, it's progesterone that causes the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus to not fully close, allowing stomach acid to come up into the chest and throat, causing the BURN.
Thankfully, there are some effective natural remedies that you can use, so you don't have to suffer, mama! Check them out here.
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Are you planning to find out whether you're having a boy or girl?
Because I was over age 35 with my second pregnancy, I was able to take the MaterniT-21 blood test, which detects birth defects and tells you the baby’s sex. This test is normally done at 10 weeks and is usually covered by insurance if you meet the right criteria.
It was wild to know that I was having a baby girl at 10 weeks!
If your insurance doesn’t cover the MaterniT-21 test, you can pay for it out of pocket for around $150. You may be able to find a more affordable version of the test too, it’ll just have a different brand name.
If you don’t want to go for the MaterniT-21, you can try an over-the-counter test like IntelliGender (here’s how that worked out for me), or just wait until the mid-pregnancy ultrasound.
Of course, you can always just wait until baby is born too! I always admired parents who could do that.
Regardless of age, there are a whole slew of tests you can elect to get done in the first trimester.
Learn more about first trimester tests with pros/cons so you can make the best choice for you and baby.
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