3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pregnancy Journal - 15 weeks

How am I feeling and how are things progressing with the pregnancy:  Everything is going well so far, I have continued to have light bleeding but not anymore large scary bleeding episodes.  Right now the doctor is seeing me on a weekly basis for ultrasounds.  This weeks ultrasound went well, the babies heart rate was 152 and she was moving around a LOT (we call the baby she, because we are hopeful not because we know anything yet).  The space between the placenta and uterus was larger this week, but the doctor said that could be because with the baby moving around the "bubble" of blood has shifted and looks different on the ultrasound.  At this point the doctor is still very hopeful that everything will progress ok with the pregnancy, he said that each week we make it with the baby increases our chance of a great outcome.  We continue to cling to Victory in the Lord!

How our baby is growing:

Our growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If we shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for our baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.

How my life is changing:

I've gained about 4 pounds and I am well into the swing of my pregnancy, but I am still surprised by an unexpected symptom now and then, like morning nausea.

If your nose is stuffed up, for instance, you can probably chalk it up to the combined effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your mucous membranes. This condition is so common, there's even a name for it: "rhinitis of pregnancy." Some pregnant women also suffer nosebleeds as a result of increased blood volume and blood vessel expansion in the nose.

If you're having amniocentesis (which we aren't), it'll most likely happen between now and 18 weeks. This test can identify hundreds of genetic and chromosomal disorders. If you're getting very anxious while waiting for the results, it may help to know that most women who undergo amniocentesis get good news about their
babies — bringing welcome relief from their worries.


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