Week 21 - Grapefruit

Week 21

Start thinking about breast feeding!

 

Here’s what has changed this week:

  • Your baby is starting to follow a regular sleep schedule
  • They are receiving all of the nutrition and hydration they need through the amniotic fluid.

 

To prepare itself, your body will experience contraction like cramps called Braxton Hicks contractions, AKA False Labor, you may begin to feel these soon.

 

Breast feeling bigger?  Your body is preparing for breast feeding.

 

Choosing whether or not to breastfeed is a big decision that all moms have to make. Here are some important facts to consider:

  • Studies show that breastfeeding for 6 months or longer boosts your baby’s health. The benefits include less diarrhea, fewer lower-respiratory, ear and urinary tract infections.
  • Breastfeeding can increase their I.Q. by up to seven points
  • Breastfeeding benefits both baby and mommy! It can help to bond you with your baby and lowers your risk for breast and ovarian cancer. As an extra bonus it helps you lose the baby weight faster by burning more calories per day.

 

Braxton Hicks contractions: Irregular or “practice” contractions starting around the eighth month that prepare the uterus for labor. Unlike true labor, Braxton Hicks contractions aren’t painful and don’t get stronger and closer over time.

 

Learn more:
Benefits of breastfeeding

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