Thursday, January 17, 2013

22 weeks

Here is what is going on with our spaghetti squash this week according to;

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. 

If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate.

What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track. You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby.  

At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

All is well with me and baby.  No weight gain this week (or last), still at 10 lbs total weight gain.  Still feeling good, exercising, eating healthy, and feeling comfortable.  I'm happy with my weight gain at this point in my pregnancy, but not quite as happy with my size... I feel like my belly is gigantic already, and I still have 4 months to go.  That is ridiculous.  I've heard that you may show/ expand more quickly on your second pregnancy, but I wasn't quite ready for all of this.  Glad that most of the expanding so far has been limited solely to my tummy.

1 comment:

Mary said...

You look adorable! Glad to hear you're feeling well!