Six weeks in, thirty-four to go! Right now, I’m rapidly starting to take shape into the little person you will one day get to love, cuddle and cherish. My nose, mouth and ears are just starting to form and blood is beginning to run through my veins. If you could hear it, my tiny heart is beating almost twice as fast as your own, and I’m already moving a bit. Don’t worry though; you probably can’t feel a thing just yet. Despite all this action, I’m actually just the size of a tiny lentil and no longer than a small nail. All those other developments I talked about last week – like my brain, lungs and internal organs – are still chugging along.
Even if you can’t feel me, I’m sure you can feel the other changes in your body. Because I’m growing so fast, I know you might be struggling with mood swings, morning sickness, fatigue, tender breasts, and crazy food cravings. Let me say now, it will all be worth it one day. At this point you might be starting to gain weight as well, which is totally normal. A lot of women lose weight in the early weeks of their pregnancy (thanks, morning sickness) but by the end of your first trimester, it's not uncommon to have gained about five pounds - and we're halfway there already.
And mom, I know you’re excited and everything, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, and think about creating a light exercise routine that’ll help you stay healthy while I’m growing. There are plenty of prenatal exercise activities like swimming and yoga that are fun, beneficial and safe. You can also just try some light exercise like taking a walk around the neighborhood.
At this point, people might start noticing that little pregnancy glow special moms like you get. You want to know why? “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl (Author)