Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beginning Week 19

While baby is continuing to grow, the development that is occurring is very specific. For example, the kidneys are making urine, and hair is beginning to sprout on baby's scalp. The parts of the brain that are responsible for the senses are specializing. Baby is around 7 ounces now and 7.5 inches long.

Baby's body is making myelin, a fatty substance that coats and insulates the nerves throughout the body so that electrical impulses can travel from her brain out to the tips of the toes and back again. The oil glands are now producing vernix caseosa, a greasy white coating designed to protect baby's delicate skin from the harsh amniotic fluid.

I still feel good. I've been having ever slight pains in my abdomen and found out that it's normal. Round ligament pain is most common during the second trimester. The round ligament supports the uterus and stretches during pregnancy. It connects the front portion of the uterus to the groin. Any movement (including going from a sitting position to standing position quickly)that stretches these ligaments, by making the ligaments contract quickly, can cause pain.

It's amazing what you learn. I'm starting to "feel" pregnant now. I can see a little belly and even sitting poses a challenge if I have normal pants on. What fun there is to come ahead! It's crazy to think we have to really start thinking about what baby gear we need to get. By the end of the year, we probably need to have most of it on hand.

Kevin is doing well. He's working like a trooper on the kitchen. It really is going to be beautiful when finished. Like me, the house is going through growing pains.

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