Your baby’s growth: She can hear!
By now the bones of your baby’s inner ear and the nerve endings from the brain have developed enough so that your baby can probably detect sounds clearly. Experts believe that one of the most comforting sounds she hears is Mom’s heartbeat. She may also hear your voice, your stomach rumbling and the sound of blood moving through the umbilical cord to and from the placenta, which is now almost as big as she is.
Here’s what else is happening to your baby this week:
- Starts to swallow. Some experts think thirst may trigger your baby to swallow. Since amniotic fluid is constantly being produced, your baby’s swallowing of excess fluid helps keeps it at a constant level.
- Mimics breathing. Your baby’s chest will continue to move up and down to mimic breathing, but she’s not breathing air—just swallowing and inhaling amniotic fluid. This is a normal part of your baby’s development. This intake of amniotic fluid will not harm her.
- Female reproductive parts. If your baby is a girl, the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes will be in place by the end of the week.
What’s happening with you
- Weight gain. On average, pregnant moms have gained about 10 or 11 pounds by now. It’s a good idea to gain weight gradually. By not putting on a lot of weight all at once, your body won’t be as stressed, and you may have an easier time delivering the baby.
- Trouble sleeping. If you’re having difficulty getting a good night’s sleep because of this added weight and the resulting discomfort, try urinating before going to bed, propping yourself up with pillows in bed and resting on your left side.
- Ultrasound. This week your doctor may prescribe a mid-pregnancy ultrasound, which is often recommended sometime during the second trimester, usually between 18 and 22 weeks. This test can help your doctor assess fetal growth and development, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord and determine whether the projected due date is accurate.
I don’t remember posting after my dr appt. Things went perfect, I knew I was around 6 weeks, and when we did the ultrasound, I was able to see a baby with a heartbeat. We have an ultrasound picture with a teeny tiny baby.
Feeling pretty good (except STARVING at the moment) these days, although the progesterone supplements make me uncommonly, ridiculously, horrendously tired. I mean sit zombie-like. I actually sat in the car for like 20 minutes just staring off into space.
Such a weird side effect.
I was nesting today and getting the baby’s room ready. I also checked out baby strollers and found the one I LOVE. I fell in love with the Peg Perego Book Plus. Of course I would fall in love with the most expensive one. The good thing is that its really the only expensive piece of baby thing we have to buy since we already have furniture. Thank God for his blessings.
So, I don’t have such a problem buying a $500 stroller, since its going to be a huge investment and go everywhere with us for YEARS.
Feelings: I cry for every little thing. Super emotional. I am constipated, feel fat/bloated, and I think the progesterone supplements are making me feel nauseous.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) support home birth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. There is no reason why home birth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families. There is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both satisfying and safe, with implications for her health and that of her baby.
I feel sorry for the kids who’s mom’s I see on Facebook complain about how ‘different’ i.e. sad, frustrating, boring their life became once they became a mom. “No private time, no social life, no free time, no me time, etc..” I assume they’re venting, but what will your kids think when they go back and see what they said about them?
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
I havent updated in a while, but I’m pregnant!! We are again, cautiously optimistic. But my first prenatal appt is on Thursday and I should have some more information then. I’m excited about a possible ultrasound and seeing or hearing the baby’s heartbeat.
I had a feeling this month would be it, and my wishes came true. It was super weird because I was doing the cheapie ovulation test strips and I got a positive ovulation test on cd 21-22 so had we not tried those days, I would have thought I was well past my fertile window. I guess it was a blessing we checked the ovulation strips! It was so crazy because for a day I thought it meant a positive pregnancy test (since that’s normally when I would have started testing) so I had my pregnant friend Jackie take one of her ovulation tests and it came out positive, so I thought maybe I was pregnant but the 3rd day (cd 23) the ovulation test was faded again so I realized I really must have ovulated that late.
When I think how many of us count on ovulating on cd 14-16, it’s no wonder so many women spend long ttc. I guess my one suggestion would be to buy lots of cheapie ovulation tests off amazon to know exactly when in your cycle you have the best chances of conceiving.
So a funny thing happened on the way to the forum… Ok, well, not quite but I like that line. I’m on cd 22 today, and where I’d normally be testing to see if I’m pregnant, for some reason, I was tempted to take an ovulation predictor strip yesterday and it came out super positive?! I had taken some earlier in the month, and nothing, so I was amazed it was so dark yesterday. I took another one today just to see, and again, super dark and positive. I took a pregnancy test which looked negative but it was a dollar store test, and so based on a 28 day cycle, its still way too early to test… I had always been regular like clockwork, but I wonder if my cycles have changed after the hormone changes of the miscarriages? I guess its entirely possible!
According to Pink Pad, I’m on cd 19, and have 13 days until my period is due. I don’t know what else to do except vent on my little micro blog. ha.
I’m so tempted to go buy some pregnancy tests. Maybe I will buy 13 just for some peace of mind. I like taking them, what can I say. Usually if I don’t get a positive by the day my period is due, I know I am pretty much out for the month, because the last 2 times, I got early positives like a week before AF was due. It does make it a long wait, since that still means the earliest I will get a positive is like a week from now.
For some reason, Pink Pad has me on a 31 day cycle, but I really don’t think my cycle is 31 days. I think its just that my body is trying to re-regulate itself after the d&c in December. So it thinks I ovulated yesterday, but I don’t think I did.
Anywho- Another couple weeks of the waiting game.