Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana, the size of a cantaloupe. He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper. Your baby is really making himself known now, popping you with his feet or fists whenever he feels like turning or twisting around, which may seem to happen more at night than any other time of day. At this time, he still has plenty of room to perform somersaults. (Lucky you!) Specific areas in his brain are developing for each of his five senses, and his skin is now developing its various layers. Hair and nail growth continue too. Although your baby's lungs are still not quite developed enough for him to survive outside your body, you'll hear his heartbeat as a powerful whooshing sound during prenatal visits. It'll sound like a tiny racehorse coming home to the finish line.
Me this week...Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 Weeks (although I'm having my 20 week appt today...maybe I am 20 weeks??)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 7lbs (the book says I'll probably gain 1lb a week from here on out)
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing them and they are so much more comfy!
Best Moment this week: Feeling Baby E more often.
Gender: It's A Boy
Movement: I LOVE IT!
Food Craving: Nothing in particular
What I miss: Sushi!!!! yum-o
Sleep: I sleep like a rock these days with the occasional trip to the bathroom.
What I am looking forward to: More distinct jabs and kicks :)
Belly Button: In
Symptoms: Still experiencing acne like no other!