Wednesday, August 6, 2008

22 Weeks

Well not too much going on this week really, except the fact that the size of my belly is constantly surprising me! At my doctors appointment yesterday she told me that at our last ultrasound the baby was measuring a week ahead, and since she is positive we are right on with my due date (based on my cycle and an early ultrasound) then we might wind up with a big baby. Yikes!

Here is my silly self portrait today since Doug is in Wisconsin eating custard and fried cheese curds without me. What a jerk.

According to Babycenter: At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track.

You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.
Seriously, I am calling shenanigans on this weeks produce reference. This certainly doesn't look longer then last weeks carrot, even though it should. Ridiculous!


Faith, the Authoress said...

You look great!

Um, viewing and thinking about a stringy, mushy spagetti squash while discussing pregnancy, however, sort of grosses me out, haha.

Mommy Moreno said...

I love the new pic!! You look Fab :D

Shannon said...

You look great! Love the belly pic!