Friday, August 20, 2010

A little late...

YAY!! We have finally reached the second trimester!! 14 WEEKS!!!I have still been gagging a lot during the day mostly in the morning. But We couldn't be happier. Our next appt is Aug 31st. We wont get an ultrasound this time, we will only hear the heart beat.

Our baby is the size of a...


From the website:
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.

From the book:
Beginning in the second trimester fetuses(like the children they'll eventually become) start growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly. Despite the differences in growth rate, all babies in utero follow the same developmental path. This week, that path is leading your baby-who is about the size of your clenched fist-toard a straighter position as the neck is getting longer and the head more erect. And on top of that cute little head, your baby might actually be sprouting some hair. Eyebrow hair is also filling in about now, as is body hair, called lanugo. Don't worry, it's not permanent. This downy coating of hair is there to keep your baby warm for now-like a furry blanket. AS baby fat accumulates later on in your pregnancy, most of that hair will be shed-though some babies, especially those born early, still have a temporary fuzzy coating at delivery.

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