Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My pregnancy week by week

I have the book, "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" and I love reading it and learning about how our baby is growing and developing. Each week is a short 5 or 6 pages and contains basic info on how you are growing, how your baby is growing and any special "news" you need to know regarding doc appointments, tests or possible concerns for that week. So, I thought it would be a neat idea to follow my own pregnancy week by week. Something to look back on and laugh, cry or wonder, "why?!" about! :)

Today marks my 10th week of pregnancy. Since I didn't update the previous weeks I'll quickly fill you in. Weeks 1 through 8 is the embryonic stage where the baby forms all of it's vital organs. That time is a "pretty big deal" as far as the baby's development. I didn't find out I was pregnant until I was 4 weeks along and really had no symptoms, like I said before it seems like I just knew I was pregnant. Luckily, I haven't been sick or feeling anything but feeling very tired at times. There've been a few episodes of nausea when I see certain foods, namely chicken and shrimp, but little baby was developing everyday inside me and I loved reading each week what it was "working on" and growing that week.

So, now I'm in the fetal stage of pregnancy, or rather my baby is in the fetal stage, but this is where it all of it's tiny organs that it developed in the embryonic stage are now going to grow along with the baby. So, week 10 says:

     "Although he's barely the size of a kumquat - a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom - and wieghs    less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby now has completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the fetal period, a time when tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature. If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on the skin."

We've been to three doctor's appointments which I love and look forward to so much! Our next appointment won't be until 13 weeks. We won't do a sonogram at that appointment but we'll get to hear the little baby's heartbeat! I can't wait!!

Hopefully I'll keep up this "week by week" thing and share with you news and feelings and updates from our doctor's appointments on those weeks that we have one. I am so happy and even though I'm not very far along I absolutely LOVE being pregnant. But, also I already want it to be over with so I can meet our baby and find out what we are having. We are going to "be surprised" at delivery to found out whether we are having a boy or girl.

Until next time,

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