Welcome to the second week of our second trimester baby! Woohoo!! So far this trimester rocks! Mommy has energy and isn’t feeling as sick as often. I literally feel like myself again. I get home, and instead of collapsing into a heap on the couch and sleeping the afternoon/night away, I go on walks, do laundry, clean up the house…your daddy is quite happy with these turn of events haha. Our house was getting pretty scary there for a bit. But man, first trimester exhaustion is seriously no joke! Unless you’ve been there, you really can’t describe the sheer fatigue you feel 100% of the time. It looks as though we’re past that part now though, monkey! Celebration, my love!
Just as a fun little aside, Daddy and I were listening to your heartbeat the other day and you totally swam away! I used to find you just slightly to the right of midline over my uterus and now you’ve meandered over to the left side! I guess you’re really making use of that space haha.
Here’s what you look like from the outside this week:
Oh hello french manicure! See, I even had the energy to go get my nails done! Ah, heaven. 🙂
Symptoms: Congestion, nose bleeds, uterine stretching pain, bubbles/fluttering in uterus, frequent urination, sore breasts
Weight Gain: -0 lbs (back to starting weight!)
Here’s what babycenter.com has to say about your development this week:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
Happy 14 weeks my love! Hang tight!