Tuesday, November 11, 2008
14 weeks already! We have now entered the second trimester. I just feel like we have flown through the first trimester. I'm sure this is because I didn't find out until a lot later and was oblivious to the possibility. My nausea did kick up just a tad to be rather annoying but still nothing bad by any means. I have been shoveling food into my system to get that 75 grams of Protein in my body. I know some say 75-100, but give me a break, I can only eat so many BEANS! I'm sure I am much healthier in hundreds of ways than a lot of the pregnant population, so I'm not particularly worried. I eat good, feel good, and know we will have a beautiful baby in the end. My arthritis has also hit a point that I feel we are probably in remission. I know, pretty confident statement. Well, I have not had any issues today, but we will see in the next few days if I just had a good day or I am in remission. Today was just a day that I felt GREAT! This is the way someone is supposed to feel ALL the time. Maybe I will just keep getting pregnant. HA! Well, not much else to report. No movements that I can specifically pinpoint as baby, though I have had some crazy feelings that remind me of that squirming. Otherwise, I just have a lemon in my belly!
This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.