The baby should be about 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces now, the size of an avocado! My sweet niece Jaycie has a small baby doll about 6 inches long and asked her mom this week if Aunt Cara and Uncle Jeff’s baby was this big yet. When she told her it probably was, she said she wished it could be born now. So cute!
In the next three weeks, the baby will go through a tremendous growth spurt, doubling the weight and adding inches. The heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day; this will increase to about 190 quarts when he/she is full term. The eyes are moving behind the fused lids and the baby’s even growing toenails.
At 15 weeks the baby’s about the size of an orange and his/her bones are starting to get harder. His/her legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he/she can move all his joints and limbs. The eyelids are fused shut, but he/she can sense light. I read that if you shine a flashlight at your tummy, the baby is likely to move away from the beam. That just seems mean so I won’t try it. 🙂
The doc appt went great today. He said I’m having a “textbook pregnancy.” Great to hear! I gained three pounds, and he said that was on track. We heard the heartbeat again and it was in the 155-160 range again, which he calls the “girl” range. I guess we’ll see!
I asked him about flying … He said it’s okay as long as it’s in the next month but not to after that simply because if something were to happen I would probably be prohibited from traveling back. I’d have to stay where I was. He also said to get up an walk every 45 minutes to prevent blood clots from forming in the calves.
I asked him about my back hurting every time I rest. He said the extra levels of progesterone cause the ligaments to soften, which cause my bones to move around. So when I’m at rest or laying down, those bones will pinch that sciatic nerve. He said I’ll have that the rest of the pregnancy.
Oh—I go back in 3 weeks for a regular check-up like today’s and then it will be ANOTHER 3 weeks before we get to do the sonogram to find out what we’re having. So that’s the very end of feb or the first week in march. 🙁
The baby is about the size of a lemon now but only weighs two ounces. The uterus is about the size of a grapefuit. The baby’s body is covered in a fine layer of hair which will shed prior to birth. The amniotic fluid is regenerating itself every three hours. This week also marks the end of the first trimester, so that is a very good milestone. Jeff and I went out to eat and to the mall tonight and I picked up two adorable maternity skirts with the gift card that Maya got me. Last week we bought a used crib and changing table so that’s hanging out in our garage for now. When we find out if it’s a boy or a girl I’m sure we’ll get busy with names, nursery, registries and all that fun stuff. For now, I’m trying to take it easy!
I’m entering the last two weeks of the first trimester. The baby has formed teeth that will remain in the gums until he/she starts teething. The intestines are moving into the abdomen and the placenta is fully functioning now. Even the pancreas is producing insulin. The baby weighs about an ounce and is seven centimeters.
My friend Maya, who also runs the office where I work, gave me fun pregnant Christmas gifts. She gave us a baby names book, preggy pops (natural lollipops that help with sickness and also in delivery), a gift card to a maternity clothes shop and this really cool fetal heart monitor. The monitor will be able to pick up the baby’s heartbeat in the third trimester. Pictured here is my goofy husband Jeff trying out the fetal monitor on his own stomach. Not quite sure what he’s hearing here …. 🙂
Here’s my Dad, Steve, and our dog Macey and Dad and Mom’s new house in East Tennessee, where we spent Christmas break.
The baby is two inches now and about the size of a lime. Synapses in the brain are forming. The baby can stretch, kick and move around but I won’t be able to feel it for another few weeks. I do feel my uterus quite a bit though, stretching I guess. Nighttime nausea has lessened but heartburn seems to be creeping in. I’m also having quite a bit of trouble with my sciatic nerve, which I read is common during pregnancy.