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Monday, May 25, 2009

A week behind...

Here's a 13 week belly pic and I will get a 14 week one soon! Happy Memorial Day!

Week 14.

You are now in your second trimester! Your baby's crown to rump length is 3.2 to 4.5 inches long and he weighs approximately 1 ounce now. Your baby is about the size of the average fist.

Now that you are into your second trimester, you may be starting the best part of your pregnancy. You will probably start to feel more energetic and you may get the `pregnancy glow`. Your uterus is beginning to swell week by week and you can follow its progress by locating the top of the uterus. The position of the top of the uterus will continue to gradually move up your abdomen, from beneath the pubic line to above your navel. Maternity clothes are probably necessary now. You might also experience hemorrhoids, which are painful dilated blood vessels around or inside the anus.

At this time, your baby's face is becoming more developed. The cheeks and bridge of his nose appear and the ears move from the sides of his neck to much higher on his head. The eyes continue to come closer together. A big development from this week onward is the development of lanugo. Lanugo is the fine hair that grows over almost your entire baby. The hairs grow in whirled patterns that follow the grain of his skin. These patterns later give way to your baby's fingerprints. The lanugo will be shed before birth and replaced by thicker, coarser hairs. Your baby's thyroid gland has matured and starts to produce hormones. If your baby is a boy, the prostate will appear and the ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis in baby girls.

If you are having the Chorionic Villus sampling test (to check for Down's syndrome) it's done round about now. The embryo`s soft cartilage is now being replaced with ` real` chalk bones. Your baby has eyebrows, but no eyelashes. Fine, light hair also begins to grow.

Monday, May 18, 2009

WOO HOOOOO second trimester!!!

(sonogram of a 13 week old fetus)

Baby H, Week 13!!!

Your baby weighs 14 to 20 grams. The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 2.6 to 3.1 inches. Your baby is now about the size of a peach. Fetal growth is amazing from now through about the 24th week of pregnancy.

At this point of your pregnancy, there is a steady flow of pregnancy hormones in your bloodstream. Your body will adjust to the changes and morning sickness might stop and other early symptoms will begin to ease. Because the second trimester is approaching, feelings of anxiety or nervousness may also diminish. You have probably gained some weight by now. You are losing your waist and your clothing is probably fitting snugly.

There is a milky membrane that surrounds your baby. It is pierced by the umbilical cord and is made up of two layers, which are fused together. Your placenta provides most of the nutrients and oxygen that your baby needs. By this week, the placenta is well formed and ready to take over hormone manufacture from your ovaries. The placenta will produce progesterone and estriol. These hormones will be crucial in the maintenance of your pregnancy. Tissue that will form your baby's bones is being laid down, especially around the head and limbs. The nose and chin are becoming more prominent. Your baby's eyelids meet and fuse together and they will not open again for nearly four months. The eyes started out on the side of your baby's head and they are now moving closer together on the face. The ears come to lie in their normal position on the sides of the head. If examined outside of the womb, you will be able to distinguish male from female at this time. The sockets for all twenty teeth are formed in the gums, and vocal cords are beginning to form.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Back from the dr...

On Tuesday, Travis and I had our 12 week appt. We saw a different midwife this time... She was very nice but we really like our midwife! All of my first tri bloodwork came back normal andI had lost 2 pounds. She said this was fine and that I'd catch up later....and I have NO doubts I will. In fact, the weight gain is on eof the scariest parts of this pregnancy for me. My feelings were a little hurt by her next comment... but I tried not to take it personal She said, "We want you to stay between 20 and 35 pounds... but with a smaller frameyou might want to stick closer to the 20 lb range". She explained that it's harder on a smaller frame to carry the extra weight... etc. I've known very few pregnant friends to only gain 20 lbs (even if they're small) so hopefully I can stay in that range. hahaha... time will tell, but I have my doubts!

I was so very nervous that we wouldn't hear a heartbeat on the doppler and she warned me not to panic if it took some time, as they move so quickly at this time.... but as soon as she put the doppler on my belly, we heard the heartbeat It was wonderful and I got very teary eyed! It's so nice to know there's actually something in there!! I asked her about the NT scan that I hear so many people talking about and she said they do the dating ultrasound, 1st trimester bloodwork, another bloodscreen at 16 weeks for genetic abnormalities and the 4-d ultrasound at 20 weeks. I guess I'm not going to worry too much about it, but I just wonder why so many others are doing this but my dr. isn't ??

They also wouldn't budge on the gender ultrasound. We have to wait til the full 20 weeks, so it will be July 7. I am so impatient, but totally fine with waiting!! After our appt we went to Babies R Us and picked out LOTS of things!! I am so glad we were able to agree on so much. We didn't purchase anything just yet but plan to very soon. I can't WAIT to shop!! Thanks for reading... and here's a 12 week pic ;)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I want to wish a very happy (late) mother's day to all of the mother's in my life! My mom is my very best friend and I am so blessed and incredibly lucky have had her guiding me all these years! As I'm now becoming a new mother, I hope and pray I am able to become such an amazing mom and that my children and I may experience the close bond and extraordinary relationship that my mom and I have. I love you mom!!

I also want to wish a happy mothers day to my sister and sister in law, my aunts, grandmother, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law and all of the other mom's and moms to be in my life =)
We had a wonderful mother's day weekend filled with lots of fun and memory-making!!

It's been said (and Dr. Spock's Pregnancy Guide will back me up!!) that the increased hormones during pregnancy may make your skin more sensitive to the sun and increase the chance for sunburn. This, unfortunately, proved to be the case for me this weekend! After only a few hours in the sun, I was incredibly sunburt like never before. I recovered the rest of the weekend and will definitely be stocking up on some heavy SPF ;)

On the baby front, I have still be throwing up some through the weekend, but the all-day nausea and overall ill-feeling seems to have subsided (THANK THE LORD!!) I have also noticed that I am slowly starting to get some energy back! Woohoo!! This week marks the last week in my first trimester and I will officially be in the second trimester on Monday. I am so thankful we've made it this far! We have our 12-week appt. with the midwife tomorrow and will be scheduling the date for our BIG ultrasound. We're very excited and I will update when we return!

My little bean.. 12 weeks!

Your baby's crown-to-rump length is almost 2.5 inches and she now weighs between 8 and 14 grams! In just three weeks, your baby's size has more than doubled and begins to look a lot more human. Even though you won't be able to feel your baby moving at this time, you can stimulate him and he will squint, open his mouth and move his fingers or toes.

By the end of this week, your uterus is too large to remain completely in your pelvis. You might be able to feel your uterus above your pubic bone. The uterus will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy and will return to its usual size within a few weeks after delivery. Before pregnancy, the uterus is almost solid and holds less than 0.3 ounces. During pregnancy, your uterus will become a thin-walled, muscular container that will hold the fetus, amniotic fluid and placenta. Before pregnancy, the uterus weighs approximately 2.5 ounces and when your baby is born, it will weigh almost 40 ounces!

Because most of the structures are already formed at this point, few will be formed after this time. The structures will continue to grow and develop throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. Your baby's skeletal system now has centers if bone formation in most of the bones. The digestive system is capable of making contractions that push food through the bowels and it is also able to absorb sugar. The pituitary gland beginning to make hormones. You will probably be able to hear your baby's heartbeat with a Doppler at this time!

This week may be the first week that you begin to feel better! Morning sickness often tends to improve or diminish at this time. You may begin to show slightly, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. You will feel more comfortable in loose clothing, such as maternity clothes. In addition to your tummy getting larger your breasts, hips, legs and sides may be getting bigger also.

Your baby develops reflexes and the skin is very sensitive. The brain is fully formed, and the child can feel pain. the baby may even suck his thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes, and will remain shut until the seventh month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Belly Pics!!

I know I have been slacking on these... but there really isn't much to see just yet...although I've gained a few pounds... I guess that could be the extra food I've been eating ;)! I missed weeks 9 and 10 because I wasn't feeling too hot! I will continue to update as the belly progresses =)

Monday, May 4, 2009

29 weeks to go!

Baby H, Week 11!

Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your baby's length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the baby's length.

You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. Your uterus has been growing with the fetus inside of it and is now almost big enough to fill your pelvis. Your uterus may be able to be felt in your lower abdomen, above the middle of your pubic bone. You are not able to feel the baby moving inside of you at this time. Some women think that they have felt their baby moving now, but it is either gas or a wrongly dated pregnancy. You might also be noticing changes in your hair, fingernails, or skin around this time. Some women notice an increase in hair growth and nail growth during pregnancy and others lose small amounts of hair. You are burning up calories at a faster rate than you did before you became pregnant! The amount of blood being pumped around your body will increase and you might feel warmer than usual.

This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. Your baby's fingernails appear this week! External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placenta's blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen he needs for continued growth. Your baby's ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of his head. Inside of your baby's abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two.