August 10 2004 23:01 (+ 6 - 7 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs.

His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but he now has taste buds. And if you have an ultrasound, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or girl! (Don't be disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down the gender depends somewhat on how clear the picture is and the position of your baby during the ultrasound; he may be curled or turned in such a way as to keep you in suspense.)

You may not know it when it happens, but your tiny tenant frequently gets the hiccups, which babies master before breathing; they don't make any sound because the trachea is filled with fluid rather than air. Although you've probably gained between five and ten pounds, the fetus weighs in at less than 3 ounces. Legs are growing longer than the arms now, fingernails are fully formed, and all the joints and limbs can move. Starting about now you may be able to find out the sex of your baby by ultrasound, since external genitals are developed enough that the technician can probably tell the difference between boy and girl.

If the idea of having a baby seems so remote, nothing makes it feel more real than feeling your baby move for the first time. Most moms-to-be discern movement (called quickening) between 16 and 20 weeks. If you've been pregnant before, you'll feel things earlier rather than later. What you may first think is a rumbling stomach may be junior doing some back flips. Make note of when you first start feeling the baby, and tell your healthcare provider at your next visit.

How your life's changing: You've probably gained about 5 pounds by now. If it's a little more or less, don't worry too much. Every woman gains weight at a different rate. While you're well into the swing of being pregnant, you may still be surprised by an unexpected symptom now and then. If your nose is stuffed up, for example, you can probably chalk it up to your pregnancy. That's because increased estrogen can cause swelling in the mucous membranes and possibly the production of more mucus. Your blood volume is increasing, too, which causes your blood vessels to expand, including those in your nose. (You may get occasional nosebleeds as a result.) And because pregnancy alters your immune system and makes you more susceptible to certain infections, it might just be that you have a cold or allergies. In any case, make sure you stay away from irritants, like cigarette smoke, aerosols, and alcohol. To soothe your nostrils, use a humidifier or vaporizer at night, and drink plenty of fluids. You can also try over-the-counter saline drops or a buffered saline nasal spray. (If you're truly miserable, ask your doctor or midwife if it's okay to take decongestant medication.)

Don't worry if you and your partner are feeling a little stressed out these days. Many pregnant couples worry about the baby's health and how they'll cope as new parents. But with minimal physical discomfort and renewed energy, this is also a wonderful trimester for most women, so try to enjoy it!

Well, no ultrasound for us - we're waiting to be surprised. Someone on an online community pointed out this site (,,166283_432032,00.html) the other day with 18 folk-lore ways of telling what gender your baby will be, and a link to the Chinese calendar that determines (supposedly with pretty good accuracy) what the baby's gender will be... okay, is, but we don't know. Anyway - here's the sites. For those of you who have had children already or who are pregnant and know your baby's gender, I'm interested in whether or not it was accurate... humor me, please =),,239161_438396,00.html

What else... I don't know about the weight gain - I haven't weighed myself in a few days... but I'm sure I'm right about at 5 pounds up - give or take a pound. I didn't gain much at all first trimester - queasiness will do that to you - but I know I was up about 3 pounds as of 12 weeks. And I know some of it is swelling, because my wedding ring is sometimes a little tight. So it's time to do something about that. I'm looking for a similar (and inexpensive) substitute ring a size up - I don't want to have mine cut off at the hospital.

And I have been feeling baby moving around and "tapping" for a few days - probably since about last Thursday (8/5). Especially at night when I lay down in bed. Guess that's Wag's way of reminding me s/he'll be up many nights in the future =)

Well, as Geof said, we're going to have company for the next week. So unless something big happens, there probably won't be any updating for about a week. For sure I'll update with the week 16 info next Tuesday.

two comments:

Lonnye Sue [() ] August 11 2004 16:53
I'm predicting a girl...they always mature faster than boys. :)

Lisa [ ] August 12 2004 15:52
Hmmm...well according to that chart, I'm apparently supposed to be a boy. As should my sister Leann. Although Lori really was supposed to be female!

So in my family, chart got 1 out of 3 right.

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