Monday, December 15, 2008

Excited for my next prenatal check up

I told hubby earlier when we were doing grocery that I am excited for tomorrow since it will be another prenatal appointment. I will be meeting my new OB-GYN and hubby assured me that I would like my new OB. I am also excited for tomorrow's prenatal check up because I will have another ultrasound and hubby and I will be able to see our baby again. My mom is coming to visit us tomorrow and she would like to be in the clinic too and wants to see her grandbaby during my ultrasound.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

This is what I read about Braxton Hicks which I started searching through which explains about it.

"Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won't be able to feel them that early. You probably won't start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (Some women don't.) They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they'll probably remain infrequent, irregular, and essentially painless."

Lower abdomen got hard as a rock

I was surprised when I felt my lower abdomen got hard as a rock yesterday morning while I was laying in bed. It was not painful though. I called hubby right away coz I got nervous and thought something might be wrong with my baby but he said it is just normal to feel that way sometimes. My fears went away after hearing what he said to me. I also called mom and told her about it and she got excited and teased me that my baby is probably doing some exercises inside my womb. She told me some of her experiences when she was pregnant of hubby and how her tummy got hard also especially when dad rubbed her tummy.

That was the first time I felt my lower abdomen got hard and I searched about it and found out that it's called "braxton hicks".

Pregnancy at 11 Weeks

How's the baby growing:

I was reading the article from about Pregnancy week by week and here's what I found out what's going on with my 11th week pregnancy which began yesterday.

It said that mybaby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.

She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. I won't feel my baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will I notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

How's Life changing:

According to the article it said if I am like most women, I should be feeling a bit more energetic now and my nausea may be starting to wane. Unfortunately, I may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). But all of this discomfort is for a good cause.

If nausea has made it impossible for me to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if I haven't put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). My appetite will likely return soon, and I will start to gain about a pound a week.

Well, so far my appetite is doing ok. Although I'm the usual kind of person who doesn't eat a lot but somehow I have been eating a little bit more and have gained a bit also. I weighed myself yesterday and I am now 94.4 lbs the heaviest I got so far in my entire life. Ha,ha,...

Below is a photo of how the baby should look like inside my tummy.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pregnancy at 10 weeks

How baby's growing:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

How life's changing:

At your next prenatal visit, you may be able to hear your baby's rapid heartbeat with the help of a Doppler stethoscope, a handheld ultrasound device that your practitioner places on your belly. Many women say that the beating of their baby's tiny heart sounded like the thunder of galloping horses and hearing it for the first time was very moving.

Before you got pregnant, your uterus was the size of a small pear. By this week, it's as big as a grapefruit. You may or may not be ready for maternity wear now. Even if you're not there yet, your regular clothes are probably feeling uncomfortably tight and your blossoming breasts are straining the seams of your bra. The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating. If you're between regular and maternity clothes, pants and skirts with forgiving elastic waistbands (or low-rise waistlines that sit below your belly) will provide some much-needed comfort.

Depending on your level of fitness, you can most likely participate in a wide range of activities during pregnancy. Swimming and walking are excellent choices for the whole nine months. Exercise promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance — three qualities that can help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labor, and make it easier to get back into shape after your baby is born. (Unfortunately, there's no evidence that regular exercise shortens labor.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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