I am a fan of progression collages. In my first pregnancy, I didn’t start showing until the second trimester. With baby #2, that’s a different story. See my progression of weeks 4-13:
We are just days away from our anatomy ultrasound! Getting super excited! Here is thebump.com’s information about 19 weeks pregnancy. -Katy
At 19 weeks, you’re probably getting psyched for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Most parents-to-be think of this test as the chance they get to find out baby’s sex. But you actually will see a lot more than baby’s boy or girl parts. The ultrasound technician will scan pretty much scan all of baby’s body to make sure everything’s developing properly. Don’t leave the place without getting some printouts from the scan to take home with you and show off. Of course, going in for your test isn’t the only thing you should be planning ahead for around week 19, you should also probably start the search for a pediatrician. Start by asking some family and friends for recommendations and then make a few appointments to meet with the docs. So what do you think it is — a boy or a girl?
- Developing a protective coating over her skin, called vernix caseosa. It’s greasy and white and you may see some of it at her birth.
- Working on her five senses. Nerve cells for her sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are developing in her brain.
- Aches and pains in your abdomen, caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate baby.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Leg cramps: one way to ease the pain: Extend your leg and flex your ankle and toes toward your knees. Or enlist your partner for a calf (and back!) massage.
- Hip pain. If it bothers you at night, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees.
18 weeks pregnant! That’s 45% of the way there, or only 55% of the way left to go. I’m really feeling pretty great at this point and starting to let myself get excited about finding out if baby L is a boy or a girl in a little over a week. I’m at the point in pregnancy where I’m starting to ENJOY the process. -Katy
What the heck is baby doing in there at 18 weeks? A lot! He’s working his muscles and practicing all kinds of moves. (Can you feel them yet?) Over the next few weeks, you should make sure to start sleeping on your side. That’s because baby (and your uterus) are getting big enough to press against large veins in the back of your abdomen, which can reduce the amount of blood going to your heart, making you feel lightheaded, or worse, lowering your blood pressure. Of course, your veins aren’t the only things that are prone to pressure — you might be too! Not only are you super busy, but you might be having some not-so-fun symptoms, like swollen feet or hands, backaches, leg cramps and nosebleeds. And the stress and discomfort might be keeping you up at night around week 18. Be sure, in your hectic schedule, that you plan some time to unwind. (Great excuse for some pregnancy pampering! Can you say prenatal massage?!) It’s important to give your body and your mind a break for a little while. That just might help you get the sleep you need, too.
- Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?
- And she’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and she’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!
Crazy to think that I’m nearing closer to the halfway point of pregnancy. This week thebump.com talks about not getting freaked out by weight gain and growth. I can definitely see GROWTH in my belly this week. It’s rounding out and pushing forward! Sometimes it is hard to watch your body grow and change, but I know it’s all for baby. Can’t wait to see Baby L on the ultrasound in a couple of weeks! -Katy
Try not to get freaked out by the numbers on your scale. At 17 weeks, baby’s working on getting stronger, and your body’s working on getting bigger. That means putting on some pounds and — we hate to break it to you — getting some stretch marks. Make sure you document your growing bump by taking lots of photos. Sure, you might not always feel so pretty, but one day you’re going to look back at pregnancy and reminisce (really — we promise). You’ll also want to start figuring out some plans, like whether or not you’re going to find out baby’s gender (you should be able to soon!), and what kind of childbirth class you’d like to take. As you start making these decisions, the pregnancy will feel even more real, which is probably super exciting, but part of you is probably feeling a little nervous. After all, you’re at week 17; that’s almost halfway there and there’s still a lot left to do. Chill! You’ll get it done. Just remember not to try to do it all yourself — ask for help!
- Her rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.
- And she’s growing some meat on those bones — putting on some fat.
- She’s growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord, too.
From thebump.com about 16 weeks pregnant… I’ve hit 16 weeks, which makes this pregnancy 40% complete! I can’t believe that soon I will be feeling baby’s kicks! In just a few more weeks we we find out if Baby Lute is a he or a she! -Katy
Stay on the lookout for some fluttering sensations in your abdomen. It might not be right at 16 weeks, but pretty soon you’ll start feeling baby moving around in there. At first those moves might feel like gas or a muscle twitch, but over time, as baby gets bigger and stronger, they’ll be unmistakable. Of course, feeling those movements comes with other issues, like having your lungs crowded by your growing babe. That could make it seem tough to catch your breath from time to time. Don’t worry: There are some positive symptoms you might be having at week 16. For example, some moms-to-be find their hair and nails grow faster. (Your hair might actually look thicker and more lustrous and your skin might look radiant, too. Woo hoo!) Another cool fact? Baby’s starting to be able to hear your voice — and she’ll recognize it at birth — so feel free to chat her up.
- She’s listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in her ears.
- She’s growing hair, lashes and eyebrows.
- And she’s forming taste buds.
15 Weeks!! My baby is now the size of a navel orange (or an apple according to babycenter.com). So exciting to see changes and growth occur! -Katy
- You probably can’t feel it yet, but she’s squirming a ton!
- She might even be hiccuping in there.
- She’s making lots of progress: her joints and limbs can all move now.
- Nosebleeds, thanks to increased blood volume and sensitive nasal passages.
- Heartburn, gas and/or indigestion. More to blame on the hormones.
- Frisky! Take advantage of the increased libido.
- Swollen gums, another pitfall of those pregnancy hormones. Make sure you’re taking care of your teeth, and see your dentist for your regular checkups.
I was reading through my weekly thebump.com update today, and I have finally entered the 2nd trimester officially!! Yay! -Katy
Hungry much? Now that you’re not feeling so queasy, you’re probably enjoying eating. A lot. Plus, you’re fueling baby’s growth — which is happening at super speed at 14 weeks. Be sure to keep plenty of healthy snacks by your side just in case you get the munchies. It’s important — for you and for baby — that you don’t indulge in too many greasy, fatty foods, so you’re both getting the right nutrients. (Of course, the occasional bowl of ice cream is totally okay.) And we just wanted to remind you: eating for two doesn’t mean doubling your calorie intake. Not only have you gotten your appetite back at week 14, but you’ve probably also gotten some of your energy back, too. If you found yourself shying away from exercise during trimester one, it’s time to get back on track. Go take a walk!
- He’s probably sucking his thumb and wiggling his toes in there!
- His kidneys are making urine, and his liver and spleen are doing their jobs, too.
- And he’s growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over his body — it will help him keep warm!
- As you emerge from the nasties of the first trimester, you’re probably getting your energy back.
- You’re probably feeling some aches and pains, as your muscles and ligaments stretch to accomodate your growing baby.
- Hungry! Once the queasies of the first trimester subside, you might find your appetite on overdrive.
- You might notice your hair getting thicker and shinier, one of the (few) attractive side-effects of pregnancy.
This is from thebump.com about 13 weeks. I am excited to start the 2nd trimester in a few days when I hit 14 weeks! -Katy
Yay! It’s the last week of the first trimester and you did it. We’re not just talking about getting through those work meetings without falling asleep (or puking!), we’re talking about how you’ve completed one whole third of your pregnancy — and the reputed toughest one at that. You’ve grown a fetus that has vocal cords, teeth and even fingerprints (wow!) and you probably kept this incredible news (mostly) secret while you constantly wished you could shout it from the rooftops — or, at the very least, use it as an excuse for getting to work late. It’s about this time that many parents-to-be start spreading the word (to more people than just close family and friends) that there’s a baby on the way. But know that there are no hard and fast rules about when you should divulge your secret. It could be after your next prenatal doctor visit, once you start showing or at a big family event where everyone will be gathered. Or maybe everyone already knows! That’s totally your call.
- Can you believe she’s forming vocal cords and teeth?!
- And even though she’s still teeny, she already has fingerprints.
- Her intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in her tummy.
This is from thebump.com about 12 weeks. I love reading my weekly updates about how the baby is growing! I can’t believe I’m FINALLY 12 weeks, this is exciting. I am excited to start the 2nd trimester soon! -Katy
- Most of her critical systems are fully formed!
- She’s about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which her organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly.
- She’s now developing her reflexes — if you poke her body, she’ll likely move.
- She’s opening and closing her fingers and curling her toes, too.
- Her brain is developing fast!