July 20 2004 10:17 (+ 7 - 5 )
posted by (gen_here)

Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head.

Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen, though you still won't be able to feel her movement for several weeks.

How your life's changing: Your uterus is rising above your pelvic bones, and your practitioner can now feel the top of it (the fundus) low in your abdomen. Though you probably won't need maternity clothes for several more weeks yet, you've no doubt noticed that your waist is thickening and that you're more comfortable in looser, less restrictive clothing.

You may also start getting heartburn (also called acid indigestion), a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of your breastbone to your lower throat. It's caused by both hormonal and physical changes in your body and can take the pleasure out of eating a meal or sleeping. Eating small meals and avoiding foods that make the problem worse, such as fried, spicy, or fatty foods, can help.

Baby's about to go through a HUGE growth spurt - I admit, I've been reading ahead :) It's really kind of fun, though. And it makes all the following stuff worth putting up with.

This past week was VBS, and while it was tiring and somewhat stressful, it was a really good week. In fact, I had been feeling really good until a couple of days ago. I was really hoping that morning sickness was over, but I think I was fooling myself. Yesterday was pretty bad again. Add to that my new friend, heartburn - it's been some fun times around here. (I'd like to take a moment and plug the new Tums Quick Dissolve tablets. They're the best! They aren't as chalky as the regular Tums and they are gone so fast - lovely!) And allergy season is in full swing here - it's been making sleeping (well, waking up, really) particularly miserable. My doctor okayed loratadine (sp?) - like Claritin, Alavert, etc. I've been taking the Sam's version of Claritin, and it helps a little, but it hasn't been fun. The one thing that I found really works well, Benedryl, I can't take.

This sounds like I'm trying to just complain, but I'm not. I'm really excited about the baby - the more we read or hear, the more impatient we are getting to hold our own little one.

P. S. - I know there are a few of you who read this that aren't overly computer-friendly. Just in case you're wondering where the old posts went, go to the arcives section on the left side of the page - you'll be able to find them there =)

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