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Week 19 – 21

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Catch up cont’ed…
Week 19 – the 2nd trimester!
Your vital stats: 6.5″ / 225-250g
At this stage, all of your development can be checked on an ultrasound scan including your brain, spine, stomach, bladder, kidneys, hands and feet (as you know – mum has already done this and you’re perfect in every way). If the books are right, you got a little more devious this week and started performing new tricks. As more of your nerves became covered in fatty ‘myelin’, the nervous system started to work more quickly and efficiently (myelin helps impulses flow smoothly along the nerve cells). As a result your movements may well have become stronger and more complex. You may have tried to grasp the umbilical cord or even sit cross-legged! Keep this up please as I really want daddy to feel you move soon.

The part of the brain that governs the senses developed greatly this week too. In fact, you may have started reacting more strongly to different tastes, touches and sounds. Although I can’t say for certain if you are at this stage yet, the books give a few examples… “Your baby may stop sucking if a bitter taste in the amniotic fluid is sensed… or kick vigorously if prodded through your bump”. I can tell you it’s true that you seem to calm down when daddy strokes you. I’m not sure how his touch differs to mine but I guess his hands are warmer and bigger. It’s this that usually settles you back to sleep after you’ve woken mummy in the night.

Apparantly braxton hicks can start any time from here on in (practice contractions)! That’s a little worrying!

Week 19
Week 19
Week 20 – Halfway there!
Your vital stats: 7″ / 310g
This was the week of our scan (see last post) so no pics needed as yours is the most perfect one on the web right now!
From here on in, your growth began to slow to allow for your lungs, digestive and immune system to mature. From a development point of view… your permanent teeth began growing behind your milk teeth, you can now recognise mummy’s incessant whining, and you started producing meconium (less said, the better I reckon as this is your poo). The nerve cells serving each of the senses began to develop ito the particular areas of the brain. The increase in number of nerve cells slowed but the complex connections required for the development of memory and thinking funtions began to form.
Other than that – the news is pretty scant to be honest!
Week 21
Your vital stats: 9″ / 350g
Although the umbilical cord is still your main source of nutrients, something new happened this week and your deveoping digestive system allowed small amounts of sugar to be absorbed from the amniotic fluid you regularly swallow (about 500ml in a 24 hour period). Also, although your red blood cells were most commonly produced by the liver and spleen, your bone marrow began to help with this too this week – all good news for when you enter our world.
Your heartbeat is also banging away now. A midwife no longer needs a doppler and you can you hear your heartbeat using a stethoscope. Your heartbeat is currently between 120-140 beats per minute – much faster than mine!
Again this seems to be a slow week so not a whole lot to report.
21 weeks!!!
21 weeks!!!
So there we are – all caught up. This has been an epic post so time to sign off and have a cuddle with Daddy. I promise to write some more this week xx
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What a neglectful blogger I am!

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The last update on progress we had was week 15! That means I’m 6 weeks behind! Here’s a mini summary based on email reports from Emma’s Diary, SMA, Cow & GateBounty and Huggies

Week 16

Your vital stats: 4.5″ / 80g

Your tiny arms and legs completed forming and began retaining calcium (ossifying). Your nervous system also beganoperating and your muscles started to respond to stimulation / messages sent from your brain (cerebral cortex). This means you have some control now over your movements (so next time mummy begs you to stop wriggling when she’s trying to sleep – pack it in). We’ve seen some evidence of your gymnastic skills on our last scan already so you’re clearly a happy boy in there!

Week 17

Your vital stats: 5″ (9″ if you could stretch out)/ 100g

You grew to the size of a small melon this week and entered another growth spurt. Your skeleton continued to harden from rubbery cartilage to bone, and brown fat (adipose tissue) surrounded your tiny frame. This brown fat is crucial for body heat generation so it’s not that you’re a porky baby! These fat deposits will make up about 3/4 of your total bodyweight at birth.

My umbilical cord (your lifeline to the placenta) thickened and strengthened a great deal this week also as you’re demanding more sustenance from me. In fact, it’s almost the same size as you at this moment and contains thousands of weeney blood vessels to provide you with the oxygen you need to keep growing (you’ll overtake this in the next few weeks but I bet it was slightly cramped in there for a while). A layer of protective myelin also formed around your spine to keep your shape, and your intestines began to function on their own. On a less scientific note, you grew your eyebrows xx

You grew much more responsive to sound and mummy can testify to this; She felt you vibrating in the cinema this week (it’s okay, we watched Iron Lady which was boring so you didn’t ruin the film). Mummy also got a little more unstable on her feet and has to be careful when she stands up from sitting on her bum. Daddy pulls mummy up now to stop her crushing you (this is because the uterus is now level with my belly button). Luckily there’s been no sign of the dark patches on my face that some books predicted – a few new spots though which mummy is none too pleased about.

Here’s a 3D image of another baby (just like you) at week 17.

Week 17 3D Ultrasound

Week 17 3D Ultrasound

Week 18

Your vital stats: 6″ / 200g

At this point you still had a fair bit of room to play in and kept on rolling around. Books say this was your most active phase but your were too tiny for mummy to feel it. Perhaps the most amazing thing this week is that your ‘boy bits’ formed (well… your prostrate gland)! When you eventually get around to reading this you’ll want to kill me – but in 16 or so years time you’ll be thanking week 18!

You retinas became more responsive to light also so you’re now vaguely aware of the difference between daylight and night time (although mummy isn’t quite sure you have this nailed yet). Some books say you’re now settling into a routine – I sincerely hope this isn’t true! Daddy bought mummy a special pillow right about now. This moulds to mummy’s tummy to protect me rolling on you. Although this helps, mummy wakes up around 4 times a night still from shooting pain. I’m hoping this isn’t too indicative of your routine in a few months time!

Inside your lungs, tiny air sacs called alveoli began developing. Your fingerprints also began to appear on your finger pads and vernix (a white waxy covering) formed on your deicate skin to protect it. More amazingly, your eyes began to move beneath your eyelids. Your ears also moved into position and began to stick out (oh dear! Daddy has big ones so let’s hope yours are more like mine). This little fact made me well up a little – you began to go through the motions of crying but no one can hear you as you have no real air to breathe… aww – how cute. You can also yawn and frown now xx

Another 3D imaging scan - week 18

Another 3D imaging scan - week 18

Week 7…

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I love these little updates and the development blog posts are definitely my favourite to do.

All according to Emma’s Diary, Baby Mills is now the size of a blueberry (13mm / 1/2 inch) – that’s 5mm longer than last week. His or her brain is generating 100 new cells every minute. Those paddle-like arms and legs are now emerging as joints and these now have miniature knees and elbows, and the beginnings of toes and fingers. Baby also has now has kidney’s in place although these aren’t formed enough to be fully functioning yet. Baby’s oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore; it’s actually a little bit pointy and the skull is beginning to harden,

And my favourite bit from this Emma’s Diary

It is at this stage that there is some variation on a boy or a girl although (this) won’t be visible enough to determine what colour to paint the nursery until week 16…

SMA know-how

SMA know-how

SMA’s update is more technical. The neural tube which forms the baby’s brain and spinal tube closes this week and the brain starts to separate into its many components. The umbilical cord is also now well-formed with one blood vessel delivering oxygen and nutrients to baby, and two others taking by-products away. Aswell as the kidney’s (as mentioned earlier), the liver is also forming and starting to make blood cells.

The eyes and ears can clearly be seen and the eyelids are starting to develop. Tiny nostrils are visible too.

Foetus at 7 weeks

Foetus at 7 weeks

Huggie’s focuses on the look of baby. It states that baby is currently covered in translucent cells and you can see the tiny veins pumping blood to its newly forming organs. Apparently baby’s lungs are also taking shape. The fact that all the updates point to organ development is fascinating as they have all been made possible thanks to baby’s now furiously pumping heart which now has a right and left chamber. Finally, in baby’s little mouth, the palate and teeth are forming. This explains why my own teeth are aching in the morning; any calcium I have, is being used up by baby as his / her bones and teeth are beginning to come into being.

Quote of the week from them…

Although you can’t feel it yet, the embryo is beginning to move and these first movements can be detected by ultrasound.

So this has been a major week for our little one.  He or she is now just that; a boy or a girl! They’re moving around trying to get comfy whilst the brain and heart are busy at work creating all the essentials baby will need to be fully sufficient in later life. Even more important from this point on to ensure I put in some work too. I need to ensure I’m eating healthily and baby is getting a balanced diet – no more takeaways for me!

Hello week 6!

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When we found out we were expecting, both Craig and I signed up to email updates from a number of baby websites. These sites will send you weekly fact sheets about the progression of your pregnancy; what I can expect, and the development of baby. For the first few weeks, there was much discussion about fertilisation, cell formation and the settling of the egg inside my tummy. This was hugely interesting but a little too scientific to make an exciting update for the wider family. Now, as we enter week 6, things have ramped up a gear and baby is growing at pace!

Emma’s Diary says the following:

Emma's Diary - The highs and lows of pregnancy and being a mum

Emma's Diary - The highs and lows of pregnancy and being a mum

“Your baby is now the size of a pea (about 8 mm (1/4 inch) in length) and is growing like crazy, sprouting eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and chin. Her little hands and feet, still webbed like paddles could be moving by the end of week 6 and her heart is beating almost twice as fast as yours (150 beats per minute).

Up until this point, your baby has been curled up with the head and tail close together. This week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten and the tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, she is already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch.”

It’s amazing of think of our baby stretching his or her little feet inside my tummy! It’s also fascinating that baby is now 8mm, when I reported only 6 days ago he or she was only 1.25mm. For me, it’s almost like, during these first few weeks, nature is drawing the outline of baby, and then will colour him or her in during the second trimester. These first developments are so exciting as they are determining what baby will look like before his or her tiny bodily systems are formed; right now, baby can breathe, feel and sense her surroundings through mummy, just so long as her tiny frame is continuing to grow!!

The fact they can now feel the walls of their temporary home inside my tummy also makes me even more aware of how I’m sitting, sleeping and moving around throughout the day. I’m so lucky to be carrying around this precious tiny being!

The Huggie’s Club update was very similar to Emma’s Diary with a few extra little gems.  Apparently baby is now visible as a tiny blob on an ultrasound, his or her fingers are beginning to show, and baby’s retinas are forming. Also…

Foetus at 6 weeks

Foetus at 6 weeks

“The kidneys and liver are growing fast, and the neural tube closes, connecting the brain to the spinal cord. The umbilical cord is now fully formed and the embryo floats in a fluid-filled sac, which provides vital support until the placenta takes over completely at about 12 weeks into your pregnancy”

I will admit to having a little wobble the other day. My lower tummy was cramping and the nausea appeared to have passed. Whilst walking around Tesco on Sunday, I broke the news to Craig that I was worried about baby and didn’t feel pregnant anymore. To reassure us, we bought another pregnancy test and thankfully all is well. It actually made my heart melt last night when I saw Craig in the living room watching Top Gear with his head simultaneously buried in What to Expect When you’re Expecting researching lower abdominal pain. As Craig wasn’t concerned at all it’s so sweet to think he looked this up for me. Apparently this pain is caused by “implantation, increased blood flow, the buildup of the uterine lining, or simply (my) uterus beginning to grow” (Heidi Murkoff). This is sooo reassuring. To know it’s actually my body changing to accommodate baby and doing something right, rather than something wrong, makes me feel so much better.

It’s amazing to think I’m now 1.5 months in! In just 7.5 months our gorgeous baby boy or girl will join our family!!!  We better get building that nursery!

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