August 03 2004 09:04 (+ 8 - 2 )
posted by (gen_here)


Head to bottom, your baby's 3 1/2 inches long about the length of a lemon and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body's growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck.

Welcome to your second trimester! Your baby is no longer a baldy! He's sprouting his first locks. Whether they're jet black, cocoa brown, golden blond, or fiery red, curly or straight, will remain a secret until the day he's born. Of course, family genes offer some clues, but many parents have been surprised on labor day. Fine body hair called lanugo, which usually disappears later in pregnancy, blankets his body now too. Your own hair may also be more lustrous. Many women say thicker, fuller hair is one of the nicest perks of pregnancy. Enjoy it while you can.

By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body (called lanugo). Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it's already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. She's also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she'll keep up until birth. You still can't feel your baby's movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.

How your life's changing: As early discomforts (nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness) begin to fade, you may start to regain some energy and feel more comfortable with how your body's changing. (Although the top of your uterus is only a bit above your pelvic bone, that growth may be enough to push your tummy out a bit. Starting to show is an exciting pregnancy milestone and it will likely give you and your partner the visible evidence of a baby that 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 you can also breathe a little sigh of relief knowing that with the start of this trimester your risk of miscarriage has dropped significantly. Now try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.


Okay - so the baby is breathing amniotic fluid, and is now peeing into the amniotic fluid. So does this mean s/he's breathing urine? If so, this is something we'll be stopping in early February - this will not continue! =)

I am starting to show just a little bit... it's kind of fun. My maternity pants are starting to stay up a little bit better and when I lay on my back it stays out some now. So it's looking like all is well. Next doctor's appointment isn't for another 3 weeks.

This next week is going to be kind of busy, so no promises of a new entry before next Tuesday. Just remember, usually, no news is good news. =)


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