Aug 2, 2009

17 Weeks!

I am 17 weeks today. I have felt the baby move a few times lately. I am feeling pretty well most of the time. I am exhausted a lot, I only sometimes get nauseas nowadays, but my headaches still kick my butt. I wish they would go away sometimes soon.

About the baby:
Your baby is now nearly 5.5 inches/ 13 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs approximately 5 ounces/ 140 grams. Her skeleton is mostly rubbery cartilage, which will harden later. A protective substance called myelin slowly begins to wrap around the spinal cord.

With the help of a special stethoscope, you can now hear your baby's heartbeat. There's almost nothing more comforting or exciting than hearing your baby's heartbeat galloping along. On days when you're worried about how your pregnancy is progressing, hearing the heartbeat lets you know that your baby's developing and growing. For times when boredom strikes and you feel as if you'll be pregnant forever, it can be a pleasant reminder of what will come at the end of 40 weeks of waiting.

Your growing uterus has shifted your centre of gravity and you've probably been feeling a bit off-kilter. Be careful and wear low-heeled shoes.

If you haven't had an amniocentesis yet and plan to, this week is a good time. One perk: You'll get a long look at your baby through the ultrasound scan used during this procedure.


Anonymous said...

Have fun. Every second.

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Julie said...

Another week down! How awesome is that?!


Michelle said...

I dont know how far along I am...LOL.

Those headaches are killer. Have you gone to the chiro yet? Seriously try that. I've also been trying a tiny itty bit of coffee. Once it backfired on me and I threw up, but it has been helping with the headaches.

I THINK I may be feeling the baby move, but not sure.