9 Weeks!

9 Weeks

Here’s what’s going on this week, thanks to Baby Center:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain. 

How your life’s changing:

You still may not look pregnant even if your waist is thickening a bit. You probably feel pregnant, though. Not only are morning sickness and other physical symptoms out in full force for most women, but you may feel like an emotional pinball as well. Mood swings are common now — it’s perfectly normal to feel alternately elated and terrified about becoming a parent. Try to cut yourself some slack. Most women find that moodiness flares up at around six to ten weeks, eases up in the second trimester, and then reappears as pregnancy winds to a close.

How far along?  9 weeks
Total weight gain:  1 lb (still bloat weight)
Maternity clothes? Nope.
Stretch marks?  No.
Sleep:  I’ve been so exhausted this past week. It seems like I have to take a short nap every afternoon to even function anymore.
Best moment this week:  Hearing the Heartbeat and seeing the baby move with Mr. B for the first time!
Miss Anything?  Coffee and Coke!
Movement:  Not yet.
Food cravings:  Bagels and cream cheese. Yum!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope.
Gender prediction: The heartbeat was 180 bpm at our ultrasound this week and our OB joked that it was a girl heartbeat. However, we don’t care wither way!
Labor Signs:  Hopefully not for a long while.
Symptoms:  Exhaustion
Belly Button in or out?  In
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  So happy!
Looking forward to: Getting a baby bump 🙂

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