Saturday, January 26, 2008

26 Weeks Pregnant

What’s happening with baby this week:
- Baby is gaining 6 ounces a week
- Baby's eyes are opening, and are beginning to blink (they've been fused shut since about Week 9!)
- Starts to look more and more like a "normal baby"
- Baby responds to touch
- Begins to make breathing movements
- Baby is replacing the amniotic fluid once an hour
- Eyelids, eyebrows, and fingernails are present, but very short
- Skin is becoming more opaque; soon, veins will no longer be visible through skin

The baby is about 14 inches long and weighs about 2 pounds.

Symptoms to expect:
- Braxton Hicks contractions (not so far)
- Stitch-like pains in abdomen (sometimes; think it's due to baby's head or bum pressing against me)
- Uterus is about 2.5 inches above belly button (yes)
- Heartburn, indigestion (no)

Additional Symptoms I'm Having:
- Shortness of breath / sinus issues continue
- Nesting instinct has calmed down a bit
- Swollen wrists/ankles
- Sore hip continues

So many pregnancy- and birth-related events are happening in the next few weeks. In two weeks, pre-natal classes start. A few days after that, we have our 4D ultrasound where we will get a 30-minute look at our baby moving and kicking inside me, and a DVD to take home and show off to family and friends. I'll be starting to see the midwife more frequently as I head into the third trimester, and my Blessing Way is coming up (exciting!!).


Vanessa said...

I like this picture of you very much.

OHmommy said...

Wow, a 3D ultrasound. Are you so excitied?

adequatemom said...

Yes OHMommy I am SO excited! Can't wait to see that little baby swirling and twirling around in there!


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