Monday, June 14, 2010

21 weeks

Here's what is going on with Noah this week, according to;

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now. You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints. That's not to say you won't have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. You're also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You're more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose. You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don't cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

As for me, the doctor's appointment went well last week.  Jeremy and I loved looking at Noah.  He had his legs up to his face, and his hand grabbing one of his feet.  They estimated that he weighed about 14 oz, as of last Wednesday and said that he's right on track with everything.  Everything was healthy and where it is supposed to be.  I'm still feeling great, maybe just a little tired, but overall I'm feeling good.  I can feel Noah moving around lots, and I think Jeremy has been able to feel him through my belly about 3 times as of now.  I'm starting to get hot a lot.  I know it's hot in New Orleans, and that I'll be hot outside, but now I even find myself frequently uncomfortably warm even when I'm in air conditioning.  This is definitely going to be a long summer!  No new changes recently though.



tw-us said...
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Civilla said...

How exciting! I like the name you chose!

Sarah @ said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! (Also, I LOVE THE NAME NOAH!!) Just wait until you have that baby - it just gets better and better =)

I'm a little jealous reading this, actually. I miss feeling my daughter (now 11 mos) squirm about in my belly...