Tuesday, July 28, 2009

12 weeks!

Meanwhile I feel worse than I did last week. I'm having more trouble with my stomach and am have trouble sleeping.

On a lighter note, here is my 12 week lesson:

My little fetus weighs as much as half an ounce now, and the crown-to-rump length is about two and a half inches (the size of a large plum — busily working his or her way through the whole produce department).

The pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing hormones. And the bone marrow is making white blood cells, which will one day help baby fight infection.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doppler, Doppler

We heard the heartbeat on a Doppler! It took some time but there it be! Baby is beating at 178 right now. He/she is such a good baby!
My HCG's when I got them done at 9 weeks were 74k, not too shabby if I say so myself.

Now on to my 11 week education:

Baby is approximately 1¾ - 2½ inches (4.4-6 cm) in length and weighs about 0.3 oz (8gm). Baby is about the size of a large lime.

On the crown of baby's head hair follicles are forming. Fingernail and toenail beds also begin to develop and soon the nails themselves will start to grow.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

10 weeks!

Still tired pretty much all the time. I'm feeling thicker around the middle and can only wear a few things to work.

What I learned about what happens at 10 weeks:

This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

Baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord.

Also, my uterus has grown to the size of a grapefruit. Awesome!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

9 weeks!!!

The tiredness and nausea have increased these last few days and is a major reason why I haven't blogged in days. My July 4th was totally uneventful but it didn't need to be, I had a great reason to be home chilling.

What I've learned about 9 weeks:

Baby is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive. The head has straightened out, the ears are much more prominent, and some new organs (the liver, spleen, and gallbladder) are forming.

We will try to see the heartbeat on a Doppler during my 11 week appointment. The OB says I have a 50/50 chance.