Heather's Pregnancy Journey
May. 6th, 2005
11:24 am - Week 14
About 12 weeks after conception
Hormones are starting to have an effect on your body by now. Your nipples may have gotten darker and larger and you may even have developed a linea negra, a dark line from your abdomen to your pubic bone. By the time you are 14 weeks pregnant, your uterus will be about the size of a grapefruit.
What's Up with Baby
Your baby is now about 12cm and is even producing urine. In fact, your baby is urinating into the amniotic fluid as well as 'breathing' the amniotic fluid into his lungs! This week, head hair, including eyebrows, develops. Lanugo, the fine hairs that grow over your baby's body and protect his skin, also grows this week and will continue growing until just before delivery.
Future Mommies and Daddies
Reproductive developments also take place this week. In boys, the prostate gland develops. In girls, the ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis. In addition, your baby starts to produce hormones this week because the thyroid gland has matured.
Nope, no linea negra (yet), but boy oh boy are they right on the mark with the nipple comment. And areola, since I'm sure you all needed to know that. ;)
Apr. 28th, 2005
03:28 pm - Week 13 Appointment
I had an appointment today. Congratulations to me - I've officially begun the second trimester! My fundal height was measured and it was perfect. My blood pressure was a very healthy 110/70 and I apparently lost 5 lbs. since my last appointment. The doctor said that's fine, since I was overweight to begin with, as long as I assure her that I am eating the right amounts of the right foods and am not experiencing any unusual symptoms. Of course, we listened to the baby's heartbeat. It is IDEAL (170 bpm)! Thank G-d everything is going so well. I couldn't be happier. My next appointment is for Friday, May 27th. Oh, and I've been craving fruit smoothies for days. So I bought a blender the other day and just discovered that there's a coffee/smoothie stand in the hospital. Their Wild Berry Blast is heaven.
03:24 pm - Week 13
About 11 weeks after conception
Your baby will now be weighing 28 grams, about 1 ounce. The intestines are starting to move from the umbilical cord to the stomach and the villi are even beginning to form in the intestines. Your baby's pancreas is now formed and functioning and even secreting insulin.
As you near the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, your placenta has developed and is providing your baby with oxygen, nutrients and waste disposal. The placenta also produces the hormones progesterone and estriol, which help to maintain the pregnancy. Your baby may also be able to put a thumb in her mouth this week, although the sucking muscles aren't completely developed yet. Several ribs may now be visible and tissue that will form bones is developing around your baby's head, arms, and legs.
Apr. 22nd, 2005
04:12 pm - Week 12
About 10 weeks after conception
Your baby will now be weighing around 14 grams and has reflexes. He can even practice movements in the digestive tract since the intestines now fit into his abdomen.
Through the aid of a Doppler ultrasound, you should now be able to hear your baby's heart beat. Your baby's heart rate will be very fast; about 160 beats per minute. Her face has a profile now, complete with a tiny chin and nose. The brain will continue to develop, while the tiny fingernails and toenails form.
Since you are now 12 weeks pregnant, you should start to feel a little better. You should feel less tired and the nausea should just about be gone now as well. During this period people, may tell you that you have that "pregnant glow." This is because of an increased blood volume and pregnancy hormones working together to increase oil gland secretion. This results in a flushed, plumper, smoother skin appearance. Your risk of a miscarriage is now greatly reduced. Your placenta will now start to take over the production of hormones.
Apr. 15th, 2005
02:02 pm - Packages!
I received two packages, which the manager of my apartment complex was kind enough to drop off in my apartment at my request since I get home too late to get them from the office. One was the box of Preggie Pops I had ordered. They are absolutely delicious and work quite well. The other was from shne. She had bought presents for the baby. They are a small, adorably designed photo album, a stainless steel (also cutely designed) picture frame and a matching door hanger with a section to put a picture in. I squealed with glee! Her letter to me was great too, using such endearing terms as "spawn" and "next-of-kin" to refer to the little creature inside of me. I love ya Erica, but I'd love you more if we finished that script. ;)
Apr. 13th, 2005
12:35 pm - Flutters!
I felt fluttering for the first time today. I'm so excited!! For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a sensation much like a light, very quick tapping... only it's on the inside of my belly. The question of, "Isn't it a bit early for that?" was asked of me a few times. According to the doc's date, yes, but according to my count based on the beginning of symptoms, nope it's right on target.
Doctor/Sonogram: 10 weeks 5 days
My Estimation: 12 weeks 1 day
12:21 pm - Advice
My mother's LJ entries bugged me enough for me to write something here. It isn't just a response, but a general statement. I have nothing against receiving advice regarding the baby both pre- and post-natally. However, it will be taken with a grain of salt and filtered through my personal values and the way Josh and I want to raise our children. In other words, if I don't like the way you raise(d) your children, I'm not going to be very likely to take your advice on childrearing. This goes for Mom and anyone else who gets offended by my not taking their advice about children. I honestly feel much more comfortable listening to Josh's mother's advice because in many ways I very much agree with the way she handled her children. There will always be differences, always be things that Josh and I do our own way which may outrage the grandparents... well, no, only my mother would really get uppity about it, his parents are much more relaxed and respectful of the fact that this is OUR child.
Oh, and another thing, grandmother or not, my mother has absolutely, positively NO say in any decision regarding this baby, particularly while he/she is still in the womb. Afterward, the only time she is allowed to dictate anything is when neither Josh nor I are around and even then, it can only be for small things. She may be the grandmother, but I'm the mother and he's the father. Period.
Apr. 12th, 2005
04:02 pm - Maternity Leave Update
Yesterday the VP of the company sat me down in her office to inform me the decision she and the President made about maternity leave for me. ( Click here for the long storyCollapse ) It seems that when G-d gives me a sign, He gives it in a BIG way. Good, because I'm dense. ;)
x-posted to the other LJ
Apr. 11th, 2005
About 8 weeks after conception
Baby's toes and ears as well as the upper lip are formed now. The external genitalia will start to develop this week. And if you're pregnant with a boy, his testes will begin to produce the male hormone, testosterone. Other internal developments are happening. The tooth buds are forming inside baby's mouth. By the end of the week, baby's vital organs will have been formed and will start to work. The baby's brain growth will quickly increase - in fact, some 250,000 new neurons will be produced inside baby's brain every minute! After this week, it is unlikely that any congenital abnormalities will develop. Your baby can now be officially called a fetus, as Week 10 ends the developmental stage called the embryonic period.
Apr. 1st, 2005
04:08 pm - First OB Visit
So I just got back from my first official OB visit. The doctor was very nice, very informed and answered almost all the questions I had before I even asked them. She did another sonogram to officially set a date and... it's November 4 now. I know this time it will stick, but really if they push that date back one more time the baby will disappear! ;) I got this great book called 1000 Questions about your pregnancy. I've only skimmed through it so far, but it seems really informative. They also gave me a package o' stuff (papers, baby magazine, etc.). Apparently from now on my appointments will be with my doctor in the building across the street (the Margot Perot part of the humongous Dallas Presbyterian Hospital complex). The baby is SO much bigger - I was astounded! And this time he/she actually looks like a baby. The doctor said that everything looks great and the only genetic blood test I had to do was for Taysachs. G-d willing that will come up negative. Next sono is on April 28. I'm so excited!