Monday, March 29, 2010

10 weeks

Here's what is going on with me and the baby this week according to;

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.  He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.  If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.  In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

At your next prenatal visit, you may be able to hear your baby's rapid heartbeat with the help of a Doppler stethoscope, a handheld ultrasound device that your practitioner places on your belly. Many women say that the beating of their baby's tiny heart sounded like the thunder of galloping horses and hearing it for the first time was very moving.  Before you got pregnant, your uterus was the size of a small pear. By this week, it's as big as a grapefruit. You may or may not be ready for maternity wear now. Even if you're not there yet, your regular clothes are probably feeling uncomfortably tight and your blossoming breasts are straining the seams of your bra. The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating.

My doctor told me that in week 10 my hormones will be at their highest, so this is the week where I'm likely to feel the most nauseous, most tired, and most moody.  I still want to take a nap after lunch every day, but it's not anything unbearable.  I've kept a fairly busy schedule lately, so I haven't really had time to be tired.  I'm still having good days mixed in with bad days.  I am uncontrollably emotional... my fuse is VERY short, and any little thing can make me angry, or send me into a waterfall of tears.  I am definitely continuing to get thicker in my mid-section and my tummy is starting to get a little more pouchy.  I'm still wearing my same clothes, but the pressure on my stomach from some of my jeans is getting annoying.  I'll continue to stick to my looser pairs, and before long I'll probably be leaving my pants unbuttoned and using my bellaband.  This weekend I finally got to enjoy an Arby's roast beef and cheddar sandwich (my first one in at least 8 years) and it was AMAZING!!!!!!  I will definitely be wanting another one of those soon.  I also bought a bag of tater tots at the store, and will be making those one night when I'm feeling good.  Other than that my cravings are the same, I'm still not interested in sweet foods and am craving things that are meaty and salty.  An Arby's roast beef and cheddar is at the top of my list, followed by a pastrami and swiss, devilled eggs, egg salad, tater tots, and potato salad.  I had sushi this week on a dinner date with J (don't worry, I stuck to the cooked rolls) and that went over very well since it's pretty bland and easy on the tummy.  For the most part I'm still eating the same things, lots of pretzels, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, cottage cheese, apples, grapes, and now also canned corn and pears.


1 comment:

Mary said...

Awwww, your little kumquat! :-) It's so funny to me that you've been craving meat all this time - I think that was one of my biggest aversions in the first trimester! It's funny how these things go!