Wednesday, September 26, 2012
She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccuping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
This is a huge week for me. With my second miscarriage I found out I had a missed miscarriage at 11 weeks, 5 days. My ob appointment was today and I am 11 weeks, 5 days today.
I was praying that history wasn't going to repeat itself.
My second miscarriage was very traumatic for me. The baby died at 6weeks but I didn't know. I hemorrhaged, was rushed to the hospital, needed an emergency d&c, needed a blood transfusion, and took 6 weeks to recover because I lost so much blood.
At the ob appointment I had to wait because he had a delivery. There was no way I was rescheduling. Everything looked great and I heard the heartbeat on the Doppler. A strong 171!
So now I am just going to enjoy this pregnancy. I vowed I would. This is most likely my last pregnancy and I was a barrel of nerves with my son.
Positive thoughts. I will be 12 weeks on Friday and my chance of miscarriage are 1%.
Luca will be a big brother. I just know it!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
I have had a pretty good week. I thought my nauseous was over but I seem to get it in the afternoon. All and all I have no complaints. Still tired, but still keeping up with my little Luca. He is so funny and just amazes me every day. He is pretty smart and talks up a storm. His new thing is he loves to wash the dishes, "cook" with mamma, and clean the windows. I give him a spray bottle with water and he washes the windows. Too cute. We are getting ready for his 2nd Birthday. I can't believe it! He wants a Caillou Birthday. He is in love with Caillou. We watch Caillou, read Caillou, and sing happy birthday to Caillou.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Your baby, now the size of a green olive, has grown about an inch since last week. Tiny muscles are beginning to form, so while he might not be ready to pump iron, he's gearing up to move his arms and legs. It's still too soon to feel anything in your belly, but you might be able to hear something at your next checkup. Try listening for your baby's heartbeat via a Doppler device — that welcome sound should be audible anytime now.
Chances are you've never felt so tired in your life and for good reason: Your body is working overtime preparing for motherhood as it develops the placenta, your baby's lifeline. At the same time, your metabolism and hormone levels are surging, which triggers a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure. The result of all this: pregnancy fatigue. Relief is around the corner as your energy level increases (and morning sickness decreases) over the next few weeks once placenta construction is completed.
I had my first prenatal appointment yesterday. When I got there they told me the doctor had a delivery and it was too late to call me. I would be seeing the nurse practitioner who is wonderful.
Basically it was a nice checkup, she answered questions I had. She said just keep on doing what you are doing.
I asked her if she will be using the doppler today. She said its early, she can try but would it stress you out if we cant get anything. I said no I know its early. She did it and I couldn't hear it but the doppler picked up the heartbeat. 168!
She said you can come in next week if you want. I have an appointment with my OB in two weeks since I didn't see him. I said I was fine to wait a few weeks.
I will then have this new test that is out. Its going to be replacing the amnio and CVS test. Its called the harmony prenatal test. Its 99% effective for detecting trisomy.