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Week 12

by Christa on May 8, 2013

in Baby Gins,Pregnancy

Originally written April 29th.

The baby is the size of a large plum.

Total Weight Gain: Officially one pound at my appointment – doctor says that’s good.

Maternity Clothes: I caved and bought a bella band after popping a hook on a pair of work pants. I didn’t think I’d “show” so early, but I’m definitely rounding out.

Sleep: At least 8 hours/night. Waking up twice to pee.

Best Moment of the Week: Our 2nd appointment! We heard the little plum’s heartbeat – so cool. It sounds like a horse race. Doctor said my bloodwork looked good.

Food cravings: Sugar, cheese.

Food aversions: Mushrooms

Symptoms: Donut belly, acne :(

Movement: “This week marks a turning point for your baby. The herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end as your baby’s systems are fully formed. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus’ symptoms continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work. Your little fetus weights as much as half an ounce now, and the crown-to-rump length is about two and half inches. It’s hard to believe, but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks. And that’s just on the outside – there’s plenty going on inside too. The fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle as it starts practicing contraction movements, a skill your baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract. The pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing hormones. And the bone marrow is making white blood cells, which will one day help your baby fight infection.

Gender: I’m still leaning toward girl, but have been feeling more unsure this week. I really don’t have a preference either way!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Shane’s graduation from Rice – he’ll have an MBA in fewer than 2 weeks!

What I Miss: Running fast, drinking, staying out late with friends and not being exhausted.

Next Appointment: May 24th.

Estimated due date is November 11th, 2013!

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