Welcome to week 9 mamas! You are, no doubt, getting more used to being pregnant and all the symptoms that go along with it!
Baby is quickly transforming and has only one more week of being considered an embryo instead of a fetus. She measures about an inch long, roughly the size of a grape or large olive and weighs only a fraction of an ounce.
The four chambers of her sweet heart are fully developed and the valves are starting to form now. Her beating heart is now loud enough to be heard on a Doppler or ultrasound.
Extreme pregnancy fatigue super common during the first trimester because, after all, you’re growing a human. Your body is working overtime as it develops the placenta, your baby’s lifeline. Also, increased metabolism and hormone levels are are causing blood sugar and blood pressure to drop, a sure fire way to make you exhausted and fatigued.
Try eating small meals throughout the day to avoid making nausea worse while keeping blood sugar levels in check.
If you’re experiencing heartburn or indigestion try some antacids or even sugar free gum. Chewing increases saliva which helps neutralize stomach acids.
Our interview this week is with Sierra Adorno, a Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist who operates out of the Sacramento, CA area. In the past year of being a Doula, Sierra has helped over 20 families with birthing, postpartum, and placenta encapsulation needs.
Sierra fills us in about all things Doula related and the placenta encapsulation process.
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