So today I am nine weeks pregnant!
On Fridays, I’ll do a pregnancy update on my blog since that is my turn over day.
So let’s see what is going on with baby?
By nine weeks the basic structures of all the major organs are in place. The heart is a four-chambered fully-formed organ that beats around 180 times per minute, which is twice the speed of an adult heart. The brain is four times the size it was at six weeks. The cells are now starting to form that will allow the nerve endings to send messages to the brain.
The mouth, intestines, and stomach are developing rapidly but do not function yet. The intestine grows so quickly that it protrudes from the baby’s stomach. The placenta is now much more formed but still does not perform all the placental functions, of breathing, digestion and excreting, of which it will soon be capable.
There may be little outward sign that you are pregnant but by now your breasts may be feeling quite tender and you may notice that you feel different emotionally from usual. This is all perfectly normal.
From 10 weeks onward it’s possible to hear the baby’s heartbeat with a fetal heart monitor or Doppler. Many parents love to have one of their own throughout the pregnancy: it’s great for making the rest of the family feel involved with the baby. One of the best is available from Healthcheck Systems – see below for any special offers they have. This information can be found at the Pregnancy Information Guide.
How am I feeling?:
Today I am still feeling puky. But was able to hit the store yesterday for comfort foods! More pickles!! Pickles seem to calm my stomach when it needs food in it. Some pudding cups, bananas, apples, kiwi, watermelon, and strawberries. I seem to be on a fruit kick! And of course, I have my 5-gallon tub of marble ice cream in the freezer. I’ve been craving maple syrup oatmeal and actually cereal in general. I normally stay away from a lot of dairy as it can cause me to break out and sure enough, I’ve got body acne, but a bowl of cereal first thing in the morning seems to help with any nausea since I wake up starving! I have found that I need to eat every two hours to make sure nausea stays away. If I go longer, I’m usually dry heaving over the toilet or sink. Fun times! But thankfully just 3 more weeks in the first trimester and I move up to stage 2!
I have another doctor’s appointment on Monday, actually, it’s my first appointment. My 8-week ultrasound was just an emergency scan to check on baby since it was discovered that I have a subchorionic hematoma. Scary, but I take my morning sickness each day as a good sign that things are going well. It helps me not to be too worried or consumed. Ok, that is my pregnancy update for the week! This won’t interfere in Feature Fridays, whenever I get around to doing them again! 😉
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