Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hello 19 weeks!

One week away from the halfway point! I can't believe it! I am so excited. It's all downhill from there, right? LOL

I get so excited when I think that every day that goes by we are one day closer to meeting our little princess! I seriously can't WAIT!

I can't wait to hold her in my arms and kiss her and love her and give her everything. Awwww.

Your pregnancy: 19 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How your life's changing:

Think you're big now? You'll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you're resting or becomes severe.

You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it's from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they're called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or "dark line."

These darkened spots will probably 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.

Thankfully I am still feeling really good! No complaints there.

I still don't have much of a bump but it's definitely growing. Lately I can actually feel the "bump" when I bend over too far. I should be happy that I am not too big yet so that I can actually bend over, see my feet, be comfortable, etc. I know that as October gets closer those things will not be happening anymore. I need to enjoy it while I can.

I have been thinking I am feeling movement the last 2-3 weeks… just little "flutters" or it actually feels like popping bubbles. I was only feeling her moving at night when I was the most relaxed. Yesterday when I at work, emailing Grandma (SHHHHH! Don't tell the boss!), I felt her moving around in there quite a bit. Maybe she wanted me to tell Grandma she said "Hi!".

1 comment:

Donna said...

Congratulations on 19 weeks already!! A miracle in the making! Pat your belly and tell our little princess that Grandma and Grandpa love her now that she is listening:)