“Hi kiddo, that’s the world you hear because your ears work!” Cue the cool tunes because your baby can hear them now. It’s also about 4 ½  inches long and about the size of a grenade (avocados are lame). There’s a lot of movement going on but seriously don’t worry about it if you can’t feel it yet. Some women don’t feel anything until the hit around 20 weeks so don’t freak yourself out – you’ll have a foot under your rib and a fist on your bladder before you know it. I found it felt like a little percolation at first like a little buzzing in one spot, but other sites compare it to butterfly wings fluttering, a “quickening”, gas bubbles or popcorn popping. Personally, I found I wasn’t really sure if I felt it the first few times because it’s so subtle.

As for you, how’s your nose? Some women suffer from nasal congestion during their pregnancy and it can be a royal pain in the ass. Once again, estrogen causes the mucous membranes in your nose to swell along with everything else, so it can cause congestion and even nosebleeds. So pretty.

Nasal strips can help a bit with sleeping at night, although, I’m sure they can help in the day too if you’re going for that certain “je ne sais quoi” look of walking around with a nasal strip on (please send photos). I also found some sites where people had great success with saline sprays, a little Vicks VapoRub rubbed at the base of your nostrils (CSI morgue style), drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water, sleeping with an extra pillow so your head is elevated, and this garlic concoction:

  • Boil 4 pieces of fresh, chopped up garlic in about one cup of water for about 5 -10 minutes
  • Remove garlic and let the water cool
  • Drink, breathe easy and smell gross

I’ve been waiting for a cold to see if it works, but let me know if you’ve had any success with it.

Follow Up: Kelli wrote: “Actually the garlic works better if you chop a clove very fine on the cutting board, let it sit for 5 minutes, so the healing quercitin compounds are released with contact to oxygen, then gulp with a glass of water, don’t let it sit in your mouth or it will make your breath worse!”

If it becomes unbearable, there are some over the counter antihistamine medications that have been deemed safe for pregnancy. Loratadine, (Claritin) and Diphenhydramine, (Benadryl) seem to be the two that consistently get the thumbs up.

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