Friday, November 23, 2012

14 weeks

Here is going on with our little lemon this week according to;

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).

The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.

As for me, doing well.  Still feel nauseous for a few hours here and there, but not bad at all.  My energy and endurance are returning and jogging is starting to be easier again, for the last few weeks I've had to take walk breaks along my normal route.  I'm still not eating much sugar or sweets because they still aren't sitting quite right, as well as foods with lots of oil or butter.

I still haven't gained any weight, but my tummy is definitely sticking out.  There's only one pair of jeans I can still comfortably wear buttoned, but they all fit as long as I unbutton them and tie the button hole with a hair band.  All of my maternity clothes are still too big, so I'm in this awkward phase where nothing seems to look good on me or fit quite right.

I go back to the doctor Dec. 4 and am looking forward to hearing the heart beat again to reassure me that our little one is doing fine.

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