Thursday, August 11, 2011

16 weeks and (still) Symptom Free!

NOT my 3D ultrasound, but this is what the kid is like at 16 Weeks!

Well like the title says, i'm still pretty symptom free in my opinion.  I mean, I get all these BabyCenter emails daily about what people are feeling and heck I don't know whether to be grateful that I have no morning sickness, irritability, moodswings, or be worried because I haven't gained weight, no major baby bump, and living life as I would pre-pregnancy minus some foods I wish I was able to eat! (is that a run-on sentence?)
  • Did my 15 - 20 1/2 week bloodwork yesterday.  I actually didn't bother to read the requisition as to what it was for, but it's supposed to compare with one of my initial bloodwork screens.  I think it has something to do with my chances of having a non-healthy baby and it'll give me a ratio of risk. I'll find out Monday anyways as I have my 2nd midwife appt after work
  • though some clothes fit a little snug, I hopped on the scale and have not gained any weight. I'm definitely not dieting, I eat 3 meals a day, not getting any exercise except for the walks to and from work, and well...I don't know what's up.  I'm the same weight as I was in the 11 week mark. Don't know whether I should be rejoicing or complaining? I think this is the first time in my life where I actually "want" to gain weight haha. According to all websites i've read, it's nothing to be worried about. However, Gene is developing a bit of a tummy (he used to have a solid 4-pack), and he eats a lot- perhaps there's truth in the husbands having pregnancy symptoms after all!
  • i've been having some crazy vivid dreams this week- no baby dreams though! UGH! My latest dream was very Hunger Games related (survival and supplies). If you don't know what I mean, you must read the book! I've also had two dreams of Gene cheating on me- the first dream I let him, and the 2nd dream was more in the caught and repercussion stage. So VIVID that I was even still thinking about it hours after I woke up, and heck I still think about it NOW! I wonder what they mean?!
  • i've been having some weird sleeps this week, I know they're pretty deep, but i'm still tired when I wake up. I'm blaming this though on my CRAZY cat who's bedtime is from 5pm to 9:30pm, and thus is awake most of the middle of the night. He's like on freakin' Newfoundland time or something?! WTF!
  • I wore my first set of maternity outfits last weekend, in fact, I even went on a mini shopping spree at Thyme. However, I was sweating like crazy in the pants, like I wasn't even hot, but my bum was making sweat prints on the chair. Embarassing and uncool. I'm glad that my 3rd trimester- when you're supposed to be reaching peak internal temperatures- is in the winter
  • my neck, groin, and hips seem to be cracking a lot "a lot" I mean I know I just need to move a certain way and it cracks.  Not even that feel good cracking you get from your fingers and knuckles, it just cracks
  • constipated (but asymptomatic)!! ARGGHH!!
  • bedtime 9pm - wake up time, 5:47am (religiously)
  • my boobs still look amazing, but now i'm noticing the veins under my skin (more blood flow now!)
  • I can't say i've had any gut feelings as to what this kid will be...I think it may be a boy, but that may be because the family kind of wants a boy, and people think I may be having a boy due to my lack of symptoms- so i've been swayed?! Seriously though, i've heard enough stories coming from both sides- "i wasn't sick at all, and I had a girl." and "I wasn't sick at all, and I had a boy." There's no science to it.  However, the good ol' Chinese Gender Predictor says a girl, which I kind of want too- but i'm not having twins. Soooooooo...We'll see on August 29th! Speaking of the gender predictor, it was right with Aurora who's tech said he's "greater than 80% sure" that they were having a girl.  Congratulations!!
  • I heard popcorn like popping on my left side the other day...I thought it could be the baby moving, but I haven't felt it since.  Until I have a good BM, i'll consider it as gas bubbles LOL
  • i've had the occasional twinging in my lower abdomen- again, i'm thinking gas (though i'm not gassy)
  • I've been sleeping halfway between my left side and on my belly. I wonder if that's ok? I just wake up and end up in those positions so i'm not sure if I can really do something about it.  I did feel kind of a bump like resistance in my lower abdomen if I just laid on my stomach flat- perhaps a sign of the uterus, FINALLY!
  • there are so many pregnant people at work! like 8 that I know of!? WOW!
How my life is changing according to BabyCenter:

The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.

What does I-am-Pregnant say about 16 weeks:
At this point of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 4.3 to 4.6 inches long and weighs 2.8 ounces. Not only is your baby growing, your uterus and placenta continue to grow to accommodate the growing baby inside of you! Just six weeks ago, your uterus weighed about 5 ounces. This week it now weighs 8.75 ounces! The amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby is increasing and there is about 7.5 ounces of fluid. You will easily be able to feel your uterus approximately three inches below your navel.

This is an important week for testing and you will most likely have an AFP test done. This is a harmless blood test that is done to detect abnormalities such as Down's syndrome or spina bifida. This is a non-invasive test and it carries no risk to your developing baby. Most doctors will offer the test, but in most cases it is completely optional.

Your milk glands start production at this time and this causes some tenderness and swelling in early pregnancy. Your veins will become more visible because there is an increased amount of blood flowing to the breasts.

Five and a half inches tall and only six ounces in weight. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

At this time, your baby is holding her head erect. Because her muscles are developing, she can make some faces now. Your baby is able to squint, frown and open its mouth. There is enough calcium in the bones that they will show up on an x-ray. Your baby's fingernails are well formed now and the legs are longer than the arms. Because your baby is moving well now, you may begin to feel his movements! Some women say that the early movements feel like gas bubbles or a slight flutter. If you have not yet felt the baby move, don't worry. Fetal movements are usually felt between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.

You may feel your heart beating 'louder'. This is because there is a lot more blood in your body than normal. (about 20-25% more)

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