Monday, April 22, 2013
Bump update: 21 Weeks
This week, the baby is about the length of a carrot at almost 11 inches long from head to foot. According to the doctor, the baby weighs about 13 ounces now, which is right on target for 21 weeks. He now has eyelids and has grown eyebrows. He frequently hiccups as a means to practice breathing and swallows amniotic fluid in order to practice eating. He has started developing more body fat and a thin layer of hair called lanugo. He now resembles a miniature version of a fully developed person, but would still be able to fit in the palm of my hand.
Our anatomy scan at the end of last week went really well. We got to see the baby's brain, all his little bones, and even watch as his heart pumped blood in and out. The ultrasound techs were really happy with all the pictures they were able to get and everything looked perfect, so we won't have to go back for another ultrasound. They will most likely call me back in for another ultrasound towards the end of the pregnancy to check this baby's size in case he is getting as big as Owen. They would like to prevent me from having to give birth to another almost nine-pounder. I am grateful for this, but at the same time, I would really prefer to go into labor naturally and not be induced.
As far as how I'm doing, I am definitely in the honeymoon stage of pregnancy. I feel great, my belly isn't so big that I'm uncomfortable, and I have lots of energy. I have been doing a pregnancy workout DVD several times a week and I'm feeling really good about my weight gain and about staying in shape as much as possible. My headaches have gone away for the most part and I don't really have any pregnancy symptoms.