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[01 Nov 2005|08:20am]

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19 weeks [24 Jul 2005|02:28pm]

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How your baby's growing: Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and he measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the length of a small zucchini. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine, and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. If your baby is a girl, she has an astonishing six million eggs in her ovaries. They'll dwindle to fewer than two million by the time she's born.

How your life's changing: You're just a week shy of the halfway mark. You may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen (perhaps extending to your groin) or even a quick, sharp, stabbing pain on one or both sides, especially when you change position or at the end of an active day. This is round ligament pain, and it's caused by the stretching of the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus. It's nothing to be alarmed about, but if the pain continues even when you're resting or becomes persistent and severe, call your practitioner.

You may also have noticed some skin changes lately. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it's from increased estrogen. Patches of darkened skin are also common during pregnancy. When they show up around your upper lip, upper cheeks and forehead, they're called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." You may see these splotches on your arms or other areas that have been exposed to the sun. Your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva may also darken during pregnancy. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or "dark line." All of this darkening is due to a temporary increase in melanin, the substance that colors your hair, skin, and eyes. For most women, these darkened spots will fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you're outdoors. And if you're self-conscious about your "mask," a little concealing makeup can work wonders.
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18 weeks [22 Jul 2005|05:30pm]

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I forgot to update 17 and 18! Whoa I can't find 17 of course, but heres 18 ha...

How your baby's growing: Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a large sweet potato) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
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16 weeks [03 Jul 2005|07:11am]

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Your Baby

Your baby is now up to about 120 grams (4 ounces), and
should be about 6 inches in length. You may have an
ultrasound scheduled soon, this procedure may determine, if
you want to know, whether this baby is a boy or a girl.
Your baby's finger nails and toenails are now fully formed.
Internally, your baby's urinary tract and bladder are
functioning, emptying about once every hour.

For an image of your baby at 16 weeks, visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/16wk.htm

How your baby's growing: At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.
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Wow... [01 Jul 2005|09:55am]

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Your baby will start kindergarten in 2011, be old enough to drive a car in 2021, finish high school in 2024, and will graduate from college with the class of 2028 (Give or take a year)
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15w3d [28 Jun 2005|01:33pm]

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Prenatal appt this morning. Back to my pre-pregnancy weight now I just need to start GAINING weight. Blood pressure was good, urine was good, found bun's heartbeat right away right where I said it'd be! 150 bpm today. Have to go see a surgeon about my gallbladder. Got some tylenol w/ codine for the headaches and in 2 weeks is the ultrasound! Yay!
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15 weeks [26 Jun 2005|07:11am]

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At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs. His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but his taste buds are beginning to form. And if you have an ultrasound, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or girl! (Don't be disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down the gender depends somewhat on how clear the picture is and the position of your baby during the ultrasound; he may be curled or turned in such a way as to keep you in suspense.)

Your baby weighs about 3 ounces and should be about 5 inches in length. Your baby's heart is growing strong and even though it is little, it is pumping between 20-25 quarts of blood every 24 hours. By the time you are ready to deliver, your baby's heart will be circulating up to 300 quarts of blood every 24 hours. At around the 15th week, a pattern for their future hairline develops. It can take quite a bit longer for some babies hairline or even their hair, to "fully develop".

US picture 3D @ 15 weeks : http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/pregnancy_information/ultrasound1/15wk.htm
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[21 Jun 2005|08:14pm]

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pregnancy calendar
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14 weeks [20 Jun 2005|10:25am]

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How your baby's growing: Head to bottom, your baby's 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body's growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body (called lanugo). Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it's already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. She's also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she'll keep up until birth. You still can't feel your baby's movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.
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[13 Jun 2005|01:15pm]

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I don't know HOW i forgot to update this little tidbit here yesterday, BUT we heard little bun's heartbeat on the doppler yesterday here at home! We were both like yay FINALLY lol. I knew what it was RIGHT away b/c their heartbeat is a lot faster then ours is. It was roughly 160 BPM as best as I could count while holding the doppler and trying to keep it in place and stuff!
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13 weeks aka 2nd trimester! [12 Jun 2005|09:23am]

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Hi Jeanine, congratulations! You have now begun your second
trimester. Weeks 13-24 should be easier than the first few
months because your body has adjusted to full "baby growing"
mode.Your baby weighs about 1 ounce and is about 3 inches in
length. Your baby's digestive tract continues to develop as
inside the intestines tiny villi (hairs) are forming. These
villi will assist in moving the food through your baby's
digestive tract. The pancreas has begun producing insulin
and within your baby's mouth, all 20 teeth have evolved but
of course are not visible. (That would make predicting
orthodontist bills way too easy?)

For an image of your baby at 13 weeks visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/13wk.htm

Your belly may soon be big enough to announce to the world that you're expecting, but your baby is still tiny. In fact, he's only about 3 inches long crown to rump — roughly the size of a jumbo shrimp — and weighs just about an ounce. Despite the small proportions, there's a fully formed baby inside your womb now. Much more proportional than it was a few weeks ago, his head is now only about a third the size of his body. His tiny, unique fingerprints are already in place. His kidneys and urinary tract are functional, and he's starting to urinate out the amniotic fluid he's been swallowing. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed, and your odds of miscarriage will drop considerably.
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12 weeks [05 Jun 2005|11:07am]

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Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head. Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen.

Your baby weighs about 14 grams and is about 2 1/2 inches
in length. Your Baby: has reflexes and begins to have
activity in the digestive tract. Bile is now being secreted
and these types of developments are to prepare the baby for
life outside of you. Stem cells, the "mother cells" that
reproduce to become heart, brain, liver, bone, blood, nerve,
and immune cells, continue to differentiate into cells
forming your baby's major organs.

Although your baby's brain continues to grow, its components
now have the same structure as when your baby is born. If
your OB or Midwife uses a "doppler," you may be able to
listen to your baby's heartbeat. This may be the sweetest
sound you have ever heard. Most new moms are amazed by how
fast the heartbeat is. To understand more about what a
doppler is and what it does, check out:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/doppler.htm

For an ultrasound image of a baby at 12 weeks, visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/12wk.htm
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[31 May 2005|07:28pm]

mommy_egats
Today was our second appointment. Blood pressure started out a little high (we think it was excitement b/c taken a second time after finding buns heartbeat it was much lower) and there was some protein in my urine which I was given antibiotics for a mild UTI. She tried for a few minutes with the doppler to pick up the heartbeat but couldn't quite lock onto it and so we stepped into the U/S room and she put the wand right where she said she thought bun was and there was bun! Lil bun with it's flickering heartbeat! She said the heartbeat and bun look just fine.

We got our belly beats at home doppler today too. In a few days we'll try to pick up bun's heartbeat here at home!
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11 weeks [29 May 2005|10:44am]

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Your fig-sized fetus now measures 1 1/2 inches from head to bottom and weighs in at a quarter-ounce. He finally looks like a baby, with tiny but fully formed fingers and toes. As his body grows and becomes more developed and functional, he'll start twisting and turning like an acrobat, cushioned and protected by your amniotic fluid. You, on the other hand, are probably feeling less like a gymnast every day. Heartburn (caused by pregnancy hormones that relax the valve separating your esophagus from your stomach) and indigestion may be annoying you during the day and keeping you up at night. Just remember, all this suffering is for a good cause you're having a baby!

Your baby weighs about 7 grams, is about 2 inches long and
in an ultrasound will look a bit out of proportion.
Your baby has toes, eyes, ears, fingernails and lips, but
it may appear that your baby's head is about 1/2 the size of
their body. This will change as the baby grows.
For an image of a baby at week 11 visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/11wk.htm
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Week 10 [22 May 2005|10:03am]

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Your baby's started growing tiny fingernails and toenails and can now kick and swallow ? pretty impressive for someone the size of a walnut. Within the next few weeks, your featherweight baby will more than double in size, from just over an inch to nearly 3 inches. At your next prenatal appointment, you may be able to hear her heart beating with a stethoscope-like instrument called a Doppler.

Your baby now is somewhere between 1 and 1 1/2
inches in length and probably weighs about 4 grams (which is
about the same weight as 4 paper clips). In terms of
physical development, your baby has toes, eyes that are
usually open, and ears that are completely formed. Your baby
now has lips and the genitals that are becoming more clearly
defined. The little pollywog you have inside loses its
"tail". This is what is termed "the fetal period".
For an image of your baby at 10 weeks visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/10wk.htm
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[18 May 2005|10:23pm]

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I forgot to update yesterday, but we had our follow up appt from the ER yesterday. Everything looks good. On the 31st we're going in for the heartbeat attempt lol. She said I would try today, but it'll be more likely on the 31 I was like no problem. She told ME to tell Nathan to give me gentle back rubs everynight I was like YUSS! lol I'm having some back aches lately (which is normal since i'm big on top) and I can't crack my back while pregnant, so yeah.
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9w1d [15 May 2005|08:55am]

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[ mood | sleepy ]

How your baby's growing: Your new resident is nearly an inch long — barely the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce, but he's poised for rapid weight gain now that his basic physical structure is in place. He's also starting to look more and more human. His embryonic "tail" is now completely gone and his body parts — including organs, muscles, and nerves — are kicking into gear.

His eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. He has earlobes, and by week's end, the inner workings of his ears will be complete. His upper lip is fully formed, too, and his mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The tips of his fingers are slightly enlarged where his touch pads are developing. All major joints — his shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles — are working, enabling your baby to move his limbs. As for his heart, it has divided into four chambers now, and the valves have started to develop. External sex organs are there, but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks.

For an image of a baby at 9 weeks, visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/9wk.htm


How your life's changing: You still may not look pregnant (although your belly will probably pop earlier if you've been pregnant before), but emotionally you may feel like you're on a roller coaster ride. Mood swings are common now; it's perfectly normal to feel alternately elated and terrified about becoming a parent. This feeling can persist throughout your pregnancy and well after your baby's born. Try to cut yourself some slack. Almost all expectant parents worry about how a new baby will change their lives, but the vast majority later say that becoming a parent was one of the best things they've ever done.

You may be feeling extra gassy or bloated now, too. That's primarily because the major doses of progesterone your body produces early in pregnancy relax smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, and that includes your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows your digestive processes, which can cause more gas, bloating, burping, flatulence, and generally miserable sensations in your gut, especially after a big meal. Find out how to get relief.

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[12 May 2005|04:57pm]

mommy_egats
The severe morning sickness correct name is hypermesis gravidarum. Thats a mouthful!
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[12 May 2005|12:53pm]

mommy_egats
Today we had a trip to the ER. I had not been feeling well all week had been really sick. Decided to go in to get some fluids in me and hopefully see what the heck was going on. After blood, urine, some fluids, and 5 hours in the ER the nurse came and told me I have something something blah blah (I cant even REMEMBER) and I go WHAT is that and she goes it means really severe morning sickness. Ok... and you might have it your entire pregnancy. Oh boy! lol So I was able to keep a popsicle down and went home. Now I'm ready for a nap. I have a follow up appt with Dr Newman on Tuesday. We're both fine, but I was a bit dehydrated they said.
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[11 May 2005|03:08pm]

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We got our preggie pops today. They're yummy. We'll see how well they help. I'm eating one now which I feel OK right now. I'll have to try one after dinner tonight and see if dinner sits better!
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