August 18 2004 21:59 (+ 6 - 5 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length.

Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. In or out of the womb, babies are playful creatures. Yours may already have discovered her first toy the umbilical cord which she'll enjoy pulling and grabbing. Sometimes she may even clutch it so tight that less oxygen gets through, but don't worry she doesn't hold onto it long enough to harm herself. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 1,900 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.

How your life's changing: Have people been telling you how wonderful you look? The "glow of pregnancy" is real, thanks to increased blood flow to the skin. You may be enjoying yourself more, too, now that your hormones have stabilized and nausea has eased up. You're also probably less anxious about something happening to your baby (the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically after the 14th week) which likely adds to your overall sense of well-being.

Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, most don't until about 18 weeks or more. If this is your first baby, don't be too anxious you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll start to feel unmistakably like kicks.

Wow, what a week! We had a lot of fun with Geof's family here, including a trip out west to the typical South Dakota sites (Badlands, Wall Drug, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, even a cave tour). I had a day of feeling pretty bad (after a night of feeling worse) and then did the cave tour... so I was a little winded for awhile. My "glow" looked more like a 3rd degree burn... impossible since the tour was in an underground cave! I also haven't been feeling the baby much this week, but we've also been all doing a lot and falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. So I'm hoping to be able to get to bed a little early tonight and let the little one go nuts again =)

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mom(stella) [ ] August 20 2004 14:21
:- Maybe for your effort the baby won't grow up to be a cave explorer, but will always remember the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite.

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