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As you round out the end of the first trimester, the growing child inside your belly weighs around one half-ounce and is roughly two and a half inches. That’s about the size of a plum! Your little one is growing rapidly and has more than doubled its size in the past three weeks alone. Your sweet little baby is working on many of its vital parts at this time.

While most organs are formed, they will still continue to develop as they practice their roles. Baby’s kidneys are fully functioning and processing all of the amniotic fluid appropriately. The digestive system is hard at work and will begin to practice contracting so that baby is ready to eat upon arrival. Baby’s intestines are now able to move into the abdomen area where they will continue to grow with your child.

Baby’s bone marrow will begin to produce white blood cells, which will help fight the inevitable viral infections and scraped knees that will occur one day. Brain function continues to develop as your baby’s brain begins to develop hormones from the pituitary gland. Nerve cells multiply and the brain begins communicating with the muscles, allowing for movement like flexing the elbows and closing a fist.

Fingernails and toenails form and become visible and even tiny tooth buds develop within the gums. The baby’s face begins to take on more shape – including features like the eyebrows and lips.

About Momma

While baby grows it’s important to take care of yourself as well. Although you likely weren’t showing through the first trimester, your uterus will start to protrude above the pubic bone, creating that natural baby bump. Since your uterus isn’t right on top of your bladder anymore, you likely won’t have the constant urge to urinate any longer.

Fortunately, many of those annoying pregnancy symptoms, like fatigue, breast tenderness, food aversions, and nausea, will subside for the most part. However, you may be prone to dizziness as progesterone widens and relaxes your blood vessels so baby can get extra nutrients. It typically occurs if you stand up to quickly so make sure you take things slowly to keep you and baby safe. Low blood sugar can also contribute to dizzy spells so be sure you’re consuming healthy snacks throughout the day to combat symptoms.

Hormones also do a number on your sex drive, which may have plummeted during the first trimester – particularly if you suffered through a lot of pregnancy woes. To the delight of many women and their partners, your drive will return in the second trimester, and may even amplify.

Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and getting enough fiber in your diet. Don’t forget that you’re eating for two so snack regularly between meals, which can help combat dizziness and headaches as your growing baby uses some of those vital nutrients. If you’re experiencing excessive gas or bloat, trying slowing down when you eat to prevent gas pockets in your belly that’s already working overtime. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest as your body works to create the growing baby within.

If you haven’t done so yet, now may be a good time to announce your pregnancy! Your body has worked hard these past few months developing placenta and growing your baby, but the fun is just beginning!

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