HEARTBURN AND PREGNANCY HORMONES (17 WEEKS PREGNANT)

(soft music) – Hey guys, welcome to my weekly pregnancy update I’m so excited because this week I am 17 weeks along and that means our cute, little baby is about the size of this juicy pear which is about five inches long and also, between four and fives ounces so about the same size, which is so exciting

It’s getting bigger and bigger every day and I’m getting bigger and bigger every day, which is exciting to see the progress, but it’s a little hard, like I said last week, at this point, because you’re just kind of getting this chubby belly, maybe a little chubbier in the face but you don’t have that nice, round, hard belly that everybody can notice that you’re pregnant and not just getting fat I finally got over my cold It lasted two weeks, I know we talked about that last week but then, a couple days ago, my nose started running again and I started sneezing and I was like, “What is this? I just got better” And then I realized, it’s spring and I’ve got allergies And a lot of times when you’re pregnant because your hormones are higher, you’ll have allergies worse than you normally do

And I always get a little bit of seasonal allergies especially during the spring and summer but I can tell that maybe they’re a little bit worse Also, because you have so much extra blood in your body when you’re pregnant, often times you’ll get swelling in your sinuses, so any kind of cold or allergies can just be a lot worse because of that swelling you have in your sinuses Another problem that I’m having, geez, pregnancy‘s sounding really bad this week No, it’s no too bad, but is heartburn The last three nights, I have started feeling the heartburn so bad

And it’s an old wives tale but the worse your heartburn is, the more hair your baby is supposed to have And I had heartburn with all of my other three and all three of them had quite a bit of hair, so, I guess it’s a thing, a good sign, if you want a baby with lots of hair and a bad sign because you have to put up with months months of heartburn But the reason your heartburn is worse when you’re pregnant is because your hormones also make, the opening between your stomach and your esophagus, it weakens that little seal and so the acid just comes up a lot easier because it’s not closed off And so, you can take most over the counter, acid reflux, heartburn, things like Tums and Rolaids, and all those things, are generally safe Sometimes I just drink some milk to make it alkaline to help get that acid down

Or you can also try taking apple cider vinegar because having that extra acid in your stomach will actually turn off your pump so it’ll stop creating acid but unfortunately, there’s nothing you can really do right now about stopping the acid from coming up So, sitting up, maybe sleep with two pillows instead of one at night, if it’s really bad for you Sugar really affects it, so be careful with sugar and eating late at night, getting your stomach acid going late at night and then laying down, going to bed can really make that worse, too So the other thing I wanted to talk about this week is with your increased hormones, you will notice when you’re pregnant that your nails and hair grow like crazy They’re also more healthy and shiny

I was looking in the mirror the other day and I was like, “Oh my gosh, my hair is so shiny” It was like reflecting and I was like, “It’s so beautiful” If only, all of it was, it’s kind of just up here, where it isn’t dyed right now It’s because your hormones make your hair not fall out Normally, you have a cycle where certain strands fall out

You usually lose like 100 hairs a day, is what they say But when you’re pregnant, your hairs aren’t falling out, so your hair’s actually thicker and it’s growing faster and it’s shinier and healthier and all those things I wanted to show you guys my nails They’re so gross, they’re really like so long Can you see this? I finally broke this one today when I went to Costco

It was getting so long but I wanted to see how long I could them to show you guys that my nails really are growing so fast and they’re so strong I have to cut them at least once a week to keep them down, from getting out of control like this But it’s kind of fun to, you know, feel like you have nice nails and nice hair, for a little bit, while you’re pregnant Okay guys, so that’s all I have for you for this week for 17 weeks Thank you for joining me

Thank you for watching, if you’re pregnant I’m excited to have you and for you to follow along in this journey with me and I will see you next week for my 18 week update See you guys (soft music)

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