Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I’m 10 Weeks today!

Here’s a little info I found on BabyCenter about what our little one is up to this week! I think it’s funny how they refer to the baby as a girl! The info is really interesting!

How your baby's growing: Your baby is no longer an embryo! Though she's barely the size of a kumquat — just an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, she now has completed the most critical portion of her development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in her body rapidly grow and mature. Her vital organs — the liver, kidney, intestines, brain, and lungs — are now in place and starting to function (although they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy). Her liver continues to make blood cells, and the yolk sac, which previously supplied these cells, is no longer needed and begins to disappear.

During the next three weeks, your baby's length will more than double to nearly 3 inches. Her head is proportionately smaller now than it was a few weeks ago, but it's still almost half the length of her entire body. Her forehead temporarily bulges with her developing brain and sits high on her head; it will later recede to give her a more human appearance. So the baby still looks like a little alien! Each day, more minute details — including tiny fingernails, toenails, and peach-fuzz hair — start to appear on her body. Her fingers are now completely separated; her arms bend at the elbow and curve slightly; her hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart; her legs are lengthening; and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. She is busily swallowing amniotic fluid and kicking her legs. I can't wait to feel those kicks!

If you could take a peek at your baby this week, you'd be able to clearly see the outline of her spine through her parchment-thin skin. Spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from her spinal cord.

* Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.

How your life's changing: Your uterus has doubled in size by now. Before you got pregnant, it was the size of a small pear. By this week, it's grown to the size of a grapefruit. We can kinda feel it now through my layers of “polar lining.” :-)

It’s exciting how much is changing so rapidly now that I’m getting closer to the end of my first trimester! Also, my morning sickness is all but gone by taking the unisom and B6 and I’m feeling great! It’s nice to be able to think about what I want to eat and actually be able to eat it! (Instead of gagging at the thought of any food!) I still have bouts with fatigue, but nothing that sticks with me too long. I’ve decided that being pregnant isn’t so bad after all! :-)


Juicy said...

I am adoring reading your story!

MrsGiggles said...