Week by Week Pregnancy Diary
Now starting the second trimester, the risk of miscarriage is far less than earlier in pregnancy. The second trimester, will see the see early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue subside. On the upside also is the fact that you may now see an improvement in your lessened libido around this time.
Birth is still months away, but your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow. If you haven’t already, start taking your prenatal vitamins, such as folic acid, zinc, iron, and calcium, which are necessary for growth and development. You need only 300 or so extra calories a day when you're pregnant. Make those calories count: Skip the junk food and have a glass of milk and a couple of slices of whole-wheat toast instead.
Although baby still has very jerky movements she can slowly get her thumb to her mouth and you may see her with her thumb in her mouth during your scan. Right now your baby’s head will account for roughly 1 third of her overall length giving her an alien like appearance, this will balance out before birth. She will now have fingerprints on her tiny little fingertips, her organs will be visible through her thin skin and she will have millions of eggs in her little ovaries. Her eyes will be closed as they are now fused together to protect them whilst they continue to develop.
Boy, girl — or big surprise? There are pros and cons of each side. A word of caution: If you want to keep your baby's sex a secret, let your provider and the ultrasound technician know right away so they don't inadvertently blurt it out in the middle of an ultrasound exam or while reviewing your test results. Under certain circumstances (for example, if you're older than 35 or if your screening tests indicate a potential issue), your doctor may discuss amniocentesis with you.
Amniocentesis is a test usually done between 15 and 18 weeks that can detect abnormalities in a fetus, such as Down syndrome. During this test, a very thin needle is inserted into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus and a sample of the fluid is taken and analyzed. Amniocentesis does carry a very slight risk of miscarriage, so talk to your doctor about your concerns and the risks and advantages of the test.
By this week your baby will be about 3.5 inches long, around the size of a lemon and he will be able to move his facial muscles making all sorts of different expressions, frowning and squint. His kidneys are now producing urine and he can urinate. Now that his body is starting to grow faster than his head he will take on a more balanced appearance. His arms are growing now and will be more in proportion with his body.
Although you still can’t feel your baby’s movements he is more active and has become more controlled and fluid, making the most of the space he has to move around. He is growing a soft covering of downy hairs called lanugo which will cover his whole body; this will be replaced by fat later in the pregnancy and will fall out prior to delivery. Your baby’s genitals are now fully developed. His little body is now making red blood cells and thyroid hormones as well as meconium (waste).
You've probably gained about 5 pounds by now, give or take, and are well into the swing of your pregnancy, but may have random symptoms, blocked nose or nosebleeds are common, or still occasional morning sickness. Don't be surprised if you and your partner are feeling a little stressed out these days. Many pregnant couples worry about their baby's health and how they'll handle the changes ahead. But with physical discomforts on the wane and energy on the rise, this is also a wonderful trimester for most women.
It's normal to feel as if you're on an emotional roller coaster (you have your hormones to thank). Another thing you may be feeling? Scatterbrained. Even the most organized women report that pregnancy somehow makes them forgetful, clumsy, and unable to concentrate. Try to keep the stress in your life to a minimum and take your "mental lapses" in stride — they're only temporary.
Your baby is now growing hair on her head and even her little eyebrows are growing. Her eyes and ears are almost in their final position and her legs are growing longer. She is around the size of your fist now and although her skin is still very thin it is continually developing and will be wonderfully soft when she is born. She can now wiggle her tiny little fingers and toes and is also practising breathing by passing amniotic fluid through her respiratory system. By doing this she is also helping to develop her lungs.
Has it sunk in yet that you're pregnant? Many women say that it isn't until they trade in their jeans for maternity clothes and others start noticing their swelling abdomens that the reality of pregnancy sets in. For many, this realization is both joyful and scary. The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too your skin will be glowing and your hair and nails will be looking lovely.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently
As well as being able to pull funny face your baby can now hold his head up. Your baby is now roughly 4-5 inches long, over the next few weeks your he will have a real growth spurt and will double in weight. He will now be able to hear when you talk to him, sing or talk to your partner. It is a lovely time for you or dad to start reading stories and talking to baby as he will to hear your voice and find it really reassuring.
Your baby can now see light although, the eyelids are still fused He also can move his eyes from side to side and is even growing tiny little toenails. The tiny muscles in his body are getting stronger every day and he can now stretch out his limbs.