My first trimester is almost over...

Monday, May 29, 2006

I am going into week 11 now & have my 2nd appointment with my doctor next week. It seemed to drag while I was so sick, but now looking back it seems to have flown by! I am still in my regular clothes of course, but they aren't quite as comfortable as they used to be. This seems like an awkward stage b/c I don't really look pregnant - I just look like I am gaining weight. :(

I'm not nearly as sick as I was in the beginning and though I am still pretty tired it's nothing like it was before. I am getting more of an appetite these days, too, but thank goodness I'm mostly just wanting fruit. Lots and lots of fruit. I still can't eat meat or eggs either. I guess that's a healthy appetite at least!


Baby Development

Your baby weighs about 7 grams, is about 2 inches long, and in an ultrasound will look a bit out of proportion. He or she has toes, eyes, ears, fingernails and lips, but the head is still about one-half the total size of its body. Don't worry; this will change as your baby grows.

Here's the longer description of what's going on: (from

How your baby's growing: Your baby is no longer an embryo! Though she's barely the size of a kumquat — just an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, she now has completed the most critical portion of her development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in her body rapidly grow and mature. Her vital organs — the liver, kidney, intestines, brain, and lungs — are now in place and starting to function (although they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy). Her liver continues to make blood cells, and the yolk sac, which previously supplied these cells, is no longer needed and begins to disappear.

During the next three weeks, your baby's length will more than double to nearly 3 inches. Her head is proportionately smaller now than it was a few weeks ago, but it's still almost half the length of her entire body. Her forehead temporarily bulges with her developing brain and sits high on her head; it will later recede to give her a more human appearance. Each day, more minute details — including tiny fingernails, toenails, and peach-fuzz hair — start to appear on her body. Her fingers are now completely separated; her arms bend at the elbow and curve slightly; her hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart; her legs are lengthening; and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. She is busily swallowing amniotic fluid and kicking her legs.

If you could take a peek at your baby this week, you'd be able to clearly see the outline of her spine through her parchment-thin skin. Spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from her spinal cord.