Monday, March 16, 2009

9 weeks

Your pregnancy: 9 weeks

How your baby's growing: Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.
Not too much new to report. The morning sickness (aka all day sickness) has gotten bad enought that I had to call the after-hours number at the OB office and talk to the dr. on call. He prescribed me zofran, which I have yet to take (although I know I'll need it before the day is done) but am hoping it helps. I have a horrible headache right now, which is mainly caused by shoulder tension. At least that's what it feels like. My neck and shoulders hurt so bad right now. I have the weirdest pregnancy symptoms ever. A few examples of the weird things that trigger my nausea: Just thinking about taking a nap. Hearing the same song twice (we have to drive without the radio on). Going into our bedroom during the day. Going downstairs...the air freshener down there...gag! Getting on the desktop computer in our room...although I don't know if that's because it's in our room, or because it smells like the air freshener downstairs, which is where it used to be...which means I can only use the laptop, and that even makes me a little bit gaggy. I would just love for this to pass. I am a little concerned that it has just now started because I know the m/s started with Isaac when I was 6 weeks 3 days, and just last night, I was reading in a journal I kept when I was pregnant with Elijah (apparently I did have journals for my other pregnancies...I just forgot about them...) and I started having it a 6 weeks then too. By my estimations...or the date of my last period, my morning sickness started at 8 weeks. I hope I'm not 2 weeks behind what I thought I was! I don't know how that would have happened...possibly late ovulation? Anyway, I'm just anxious for my first dr. appt., which is still 3 weeks away...

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