19 Weeks!

19 Weeks

19 down and only 21 to go. Man, I wish I could slow time down!!! Here’s what’s going on this week thanks to Baby Center:

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How your life’s changing:

Think you’re big now? You’ll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you’re resting or becomes severe.

You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it’s from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they’re called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or “dark line.”

These darkened spots will probably fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you’re outdoors. And if you’re self-conscious about your “mask,” a little concealing makeup can work wonders.

How far along?  19 Weeks
Total weight gain:  6 lbs
Maternity clothes? I can still fit into most of my regular clothes (with a belly band around my unbuttoned pants), but prefer the comfort of my maternity clothes. I only have a few maternity items though, so I try to mix it up so that I am not wearing the same thing all the time.
Stretch marks?  No.
Sleep:  Sleeping great with a large pillow between my legs. Have also been having crazy, vidid dreams this past week. Also getting up 1-2x a night to use the restroom.
Best moment this week: When my daughter got to feel the baby kick for the first time. She said it felt “weird”.
Miss Anything? Nothing at all!
Movement:  Starting to feel lots of movement and flips. Pretty much everyday I am able to feel a few kicks or movement throughout the day.
Food cravings:  Honey Roasted Peanuts and basically any type of fruit are some of my favorites this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Gender prediction: A sweet baby girl!
Labor Signs:  Nope.
Symptoms: Round ligament pain.
Belly Button in or out?  In.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy…and getting a little nervous! This pregnancy is flying by and I still feel like there is so much to do to get ready.
Looking forward to: Feeling the BIG kicks and feeling her have hiccups for the first time. Looking forward to officially starting on the nursery, too. I have been collecting furniture and decor, but haven’t officially started the decorating process yet.

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