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Heather's Pregnancy Journey

Aug. 12th, 2005

12:37 pm - PregPool

I'll do that promised update during the weekend when I have the time. In the meantime, I've decided to promote gambling. Kinda. Visit my PregPool and guess the baby's gender, weight and due date. Don't forget to pass it on afterward. Maybe if enough people guess, someone will be right on all counts. If $5 is too much for you to spend, then you can just reply here since I'm curious as to your predictions. Smooches and hugs to all of you.

x-posted to goodjewishgirl

Aug. 10th, 2005

12:44 pm - Quick Update

Wow, has it really been that long since I last posted? Sorry for worrying any of you. Life's been hectic to the point that many nights I get home around 7 only to fall asleep about 8 or so. The 2-hour commute really is hell on my body, but I'm trying to stick it out at work as long as I can. New stuff: saved a puppy and took him home, may be moving to 2-bedroom apartment next month, might have a work from home job waiting for me once I'm settled in with the wee one, hitting 7 months on Friday. I'll go into more detail another time when I'm not at work and my eyelids stop trying to close.

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Jun. 17th, 2005

04:39 pm - Week 20 - Halfway There!

Week 20
About 18 weeks after conception

Cramped Living Quarters
This week, your fetus weighs around 9 ounces (260 grams) and measures 5.5 to 6.3 inches (14 to 16 centimeters) from crown to rump. Your baby's growth is taking up more and more room in the uterus. As it continues to grow, there will be more pressure put on mom's lungs, stomach, kidneys and bladder.

Now your baby's skin is thickening under the vernix caseosa (this is a protective, waxy coating). The skin is also developing layers which include the dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous layer. Baby's hair and nails also continue to grow this week.

I can attest to the pressure on my internal organs, especially the stomach as of late. Apparently, my darling child has decided to migrate upward within the past week (trying to hide under my belly button for part of the sonogram, in fact). This has caused some very odd sensations and not so fun reactions in my digestive system. The aforementioned weight is incorrect, though. Most other sites, magazines, etc. that I've read put the fetus between 10 and 13 ounces this week, and this little one is exactly on the upper limit of that. For those of you who have foolishly eaten three or more (somehow) slices of my challah quickly and then later felt that very heavy weight in your stomach, you can relate to some of what I'm feeling.

04:29 pm - Videotape!

Today I went for a sonogram and was able to videotape it. You cannot see the smile on my face, but I assure you that my cheeks are in danger of hurting sometime soon. Our baby is just the cutest, most spectacular, fantastic miracle in the history of the world. Period. I say this with complete sincerity, knowing that every other mother out there feels the same way about their little one.

I told the sonographer that I did not want to know the gender, which was fine since Sweetpea's legs were crossed. See? Already tzniut! Four pictures were taken, two of the face from the front and two profile. Sadly, only one really came out well when it printed, but it is a great profile shot! The video has some really neat footage, such as extremely clear views of the spine and hips, cranium, face, teeth buds, and best of all shots of the wee one lifting his/her arm to "scratch" that lovely head. Speaking of which, no Josh, this baby does NOT have a pumpkin head like you did. :P In fact, every measurement taken since the very beginning has been ideal or miraculously close to it. I cannot express how thankful to Hashem I am for all of my blessings, especially knowing that the person growing inside of me is perfectly healthy thus far.

Now that I've rambled I'll offer a belated chag sameach to all of my fellow Yids! It is in this vein that I share some Jewish joy with you. Shabot6000

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Jun. 12th, 2005

12:30 pm - Week 19

Week 19
About 17 weeks after conception

The baby will now be weighing about 8 ounces. If you are having a girl, her ovaries now contain primitive egg cells. Lanugo appears all over the baby's body. This fine hair will remain until birth draws nearer. Sometimes you can still see some on the baby's face and ears after birth. Permanent teeth buds are forming behind the already formed milk teeth buds.

Your baby is now covered with a waxy substance called vernix caseosa, which helps prevent delicate skin from becoming chapped or scratched. Premature babies may be covered in this cheesy coating at delivery. In the brain, your baby is developing millions of motor neurons, which are nerves that connect the muscles to the brain. As a result, your baby is now able to make conscious muscle movements such as sucking his thumb in addition to involuntary movements.

Jun. 6th, 2005

07:27 pm - Week 18

Week 18
About 16 weeks after conception

Sleeping may start beginning to be uncomfortable now that you are 18 weeks pregnant. You may want to try using pillows to prop yourself up and find a comfortable sleeping position. This week is a good week to begin your search for a pediatrician or other health care provider for your child. Schedule visits to meet with potential doctors to discuss issues such as appointment availability, immunization scheduling and when to call in an emergency.

Baby Changes
Your baby will now be about 20cm in length and 7 ounces in weight. The bones are still hardening and the finger prints will begin forming shortly as the finger and toe pads are now formed. The bones of the inner ear and the nerve endings from the brain have developed enough so that your baby will hear sounds such as your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical cord. She may even be startled by loud noises. Your baby's eyes are developing, too - the retinas may be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your uterus. Your baby is also now able to swallow and she may swallow up to a liter of amniotic fluid throughout the day.

For the record, sleeping has been downright painful by the time I wake up for a few weeks now. I can't wait until we get that Tempurpedic mattress. Also known as G-d's gift to pregnant women.

Jun. 1st, 2005

01:31 pm

Sweetpea, believe it or not, my large intestine is not a bed nor is my bladder a pillow. Ima would be very happy if you could scooch a few inches to the left.

May. 27th, 2005

05:23 pm - Week 17

Week 17
About 15 weeks after conception

Your baby is now about 4.7 inches (12 centimeters) and 3.5 ounces (100 grams), and is weighing more than the placenta. He is starting to develop brown fat deposits under the skin, but no other new structures have formed. During the last trimester your baby will add more layers of fat to his body for warmth and protection. The baby may start to respond to loud noises outside the body.

Now that you are 17 weeks pregnant, you may notice that your body is producing more secretions and fluids than you ever thought possible. The culprit behind these fluids, such as sweat, nasal congestion and vaginal discharge, is the increase in blood moving through your body.

The placenta, which nourishes the fetus with nutrients and oxygen and removes wastes, is growing to accommodate your baby. More than an inch thick, it now contains thousands of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and oxygen from your body to your baby's developing body.

You may notice that your breasts have changed considerably since your pregnancy began. More blood is flowing to the breasts, which increases their size (many women increase one to two cup sizes) and causes veins to become visible. Buy supportive bras in a variety of sizes to accommodate your breast growth during pregnancy.

May. 20th, 2005

11:57 am - Week 16

Week 16
About 14 weeks after conception

Now that you are 16 weeks pregnant, you could begin to notice the baby moving around inside you. And as the baby develops, these movements start to become more coordinated. Now your baby holds his head erect and with the development of his facial muscles, he can make quite a few expressions, including squinting and frowning. If you have been pregnant before, you will recognize these feelings. Those who have never experienced a pregnancy before often do not even realize that those strange 'butterfly' feelings in their tummy are actually the baby moving about.

This week, your baby weighs around 2.8 ounces (80 grams). He measures approximately 4.6 inches (116 millimeters) in length. Around this time, his ears have shifted from near the neck to the head. Baby is emptying his bladder about every 30-45 minutes. If you had an ultrasound now, the technician would be able to determine the sex of the baby.

The baby is continuing to receive more calcium on his bones and his skeleton is still developing. If you are carrying a baby girl, millions of eggs (ova) will form in her ovaries at this time.

May. 17th, 2005

03:59 pm - Week 15

I meant to do this on Friday, but I kept forgetting.

Week 15
About 13 weeks after conception

Your baby is now weighing about 70 grams and you can clearly see the blood vessels beneath the skin. The heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood a day, which will increase to 300 at birth. During this week, your baby develops skin so thin and translucent that you can see the blood vessels through it. Hair growth on the eyebrows and the head continues this week.

If your baby is destined to be a brunette, the hair follicles may begin to make the pigment that colors the hair. Your baby's ears are almost in position now, although they are still set a bit low on the head. Internally, the bone and marrow in your baby's skeletal system continue to develop. Muscle development continues, too, and your baby may be able to make a fist and bend his or her arms at the elbows and wrists.

I can't believe how quickly this baby is growing. I've been feeling a painful pressue in the middle of my stomach on the surface due to the skin stretching. This kid is trying to make a penthouse in there!

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