Sunday, June 26, 2011

19 weeks :)



Fetal Development This Week

Week 19 of Pregnancy: Vernix Develops

Six inches long this week and about eight ounces in weight, your baby is the size of a large mango and is now covered in a protective substance called vernix. Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone.
Six inches long this week and about eight ounces in weight, your baby is the size of a large mango. 
Your little action figure is able to choreograph Matrix-like moves at 19 weeks pregnant. Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone. All these upgrades combine to give your baby more control over limb movements. Which explains all that kicking, stretching, and bodysurfing (or rather bellysurfing) you've possibly started feeling by now. 
Something else going on this week: Your baby is getting a cheesy varnish. Say what? Yup — a protective substance called vernix caseosa (vernix is the Latin word for varnish; caseosa is cheese) now covers your baby's skin. It's greasy and white and is made up of lanugo (that downy hair), oil from your baby's glands, and dead skin cells. This waxy "cheese" may not sound too appetizing or attractive, but it's there for good reason: Vernix protects your baby's sensitive skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. Without it, your baby would look very wrinkled at birth (sort of what you'd look like if you soaked in a bath for nine months). Some babies — especially those born early — will still be covered with vernix at the delivery, so you might get a look at your baby's first anti-wrinkle cream.

Size of Baby: apparently the size of a large mango :)

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I am officially in maternity jeans now and starting to show even more than I was last week!  Crazy!

Gender: still unknown for approximately 10 more hours! :D

Movement: flutters and little thumps

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound tomorrow~!  And then we'll register tomorrow night for the baby!

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), protein rich foods

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain, exhaustion and some heartburn.  Joy! :-P

Disneyland was amazing and I held up really well though almost half way through this pregnancy at the time.  I also started to really pop out and found myself looking down at my belly and exclaiming to myself "When did THAT happen?!" Kinda crazy to me still... time is zooming by!

The big ultrasound is under 10 hours away... I can't wait! Off to bed now! Ciao!

2 comments:

  1. Many congrats, loved reading your story and look forward to following along!

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