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20 Weeks & My First (Sort of) Mother’s Day

13 May 2007

Blueberry (via G-pa Olson) got me a card thanking me for growing her. And then she proceeded to kick me all night. Seriously. I was laying on the bed talking on the phone with my mom and felt some flutters.  Then the kicking commenced. I laid my hand on my belly where it was happening and she hit me in the hand so hard it bounced! After the phone call, Tim laid his head on my belly (because he’s supposed to be able to hear her heartbeat soon) and she walloped him right in the ear.

CoconutThis week, Blueberry is the size of a coconut… and we’re halfway through the pregnancy!

Baby is about 6.5 inches long and weighs around 10 ounces.  The rapid growth stage is about over.  The legs are reaching their relative size. With the increase muscle develop occurring as well, you will start feeling much more than tiny flutter kicks soon… already there!

It is now possible to hear your baby’s heartbeat with a special stethoscope, called a Delee stethoscope. Some providers begin to use this type of listening device instead of a doppler. It may now be possible for your partner to hear your baby’s heartbeat by placing his or her ear against your bare lower abdomen. If you can’t hear it right away, try the other side. Listen every day and you will be rewarded with a tiny, fast, rhythmic beat.  Or, lay flat on your back. Locate your own heartbeat by finding your pulse. Next lay your hand on your belly. You may be able to distinguish the two heartbeats!

Immunities are being transferred from you to your baby now. These immune cells will protect her from viruses you’ve already had for up to six months after birth! The nerve cells for taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch are now developing in specialized areas of the brain. Production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections.

Your baby may startle in reaction to loud sounds. This happened Sunday — I was taking a nap on the couch and Tim used the ice dispenser to fill a hard plastic pitcher — it was so loud, Blueberry jumped!  Amazingly, she can actually hear noises outside of the womb. Familiar voices, music, and sounds that baby becomes accustomed to during her development stages often are calming after birth.

If your baby is a girl, her uterus is starting to develop. She has approximately six million eggs in her ovaries. About one million will remain at birth. And right around now, nature gives her a spa treatment–a white, cream-cheesy moisturizer called vernix coats every inch of her skin, keeping it smooth and wrinkle-free for the next 20 weeks as she floats in a warm bath of amniotic fluid. She’ll still be covered in vernix when she’s born; your midwife will wipe it off a few moments after birth, revealing skin that’s (you guessed it) baby soft.

One Comment leave one →
  1. .Bittersweet. permalink
    15 May 2007 11:57

    Her, huh? Think it might be time to change gears, mama! 😀 xoxo

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