Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Week 14 ~ Feeling the Baby Move

Baby's now the size of a lemon!
Your adorable little baby is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

In theory, your uterus' ability to expand (14 times in size, 20 in weight) is awe-inspiring; in practice, it kind of hurts. When the aches and sharp pains hit your belly, think about this happy news: By now, your risk of miscarriage has gone way, way down.

How your baby's growing:

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.

How your life's changing:

Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).
The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.


This week was my 3rd visit with my midwife.  Although, the visit was short since she had to leave for a birth, we did get to hear the baby's heartbeat.  I will say it was a bit nerve wracking as it took what seemed like forever to find it, but finally, way over on my right side down very low, a rapid heartbeat of 160 was found.  Such a reassuring, beautiful sound!

Next, I'm waiting and hoping to definitely feel the baby move.  Last week, i thought i had felt something several times.  But this week, I have purposely tried to push or prod gently to make the baby move and have felt nothing.  Quite frustrating and even bothersome when i have woken up in the middle of the night and tried over and over but still felt nothing for over 2 hours.  Now I know it is still early to feel movement, but by this point in my last 4 pregnancies I have felt a definite kick by now.  My 1st pregnancy kick wasn't felt until 17 weeks but that's normal for a first baby.  I know the Lord is in control and I will get through whatever happens, but it sure is reassuring to feel that little life inside you moving around.  And like I've said before, it's my favorite part about being pregnant so I can't wait!

How about you?  When do you usually feel the baby's first kick?

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