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Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.

Your baby will be getting much larger during the second half of your pregnancy. Your baby's crown-to-rump length at this time is 7.2 inches and she weighs approximately 10.5 ounces. Your growing baby is about the size of a large banana. You should be able to feel your uterus about a half of an inch above your navel. Your weight gain so far will be around 10 to 15 pounds.

As your baby begins to lay down more fat, your weight will also increase. During the next 10 weeks, you will gain about half of the total gain for your entire pregnancy. Strangers can now tell that you are pregnant! You might notice an increase in appetite because you need 500 more calories a day to support your charged up metabolism. It is best to avoid processed foods or foods high in fat, calories or sugar. Some women also get strong cravings for foods. If you notice a craving for something unhealthy, you should contact your doctor. Craving for unusual things is known as pica. Some women crave cigarette ashes, charcoal, beer and other non-food items during this time.

Your baby's different organs and systems are maturing. The fetal digestive system is functioning in a simple way and your baby can swallow amniotic fluid. After your baby swallows the amniotic fluid, she is able to absorb water and sugars from the fluid and then the waste is passed as far as the large bowel. Your baby swallows the amniotic fluid in order to prepare itself for life outside of the womb. Some babies consume as much as 17 ounces of amniotic fluid in a 24-hour period. Your baby already has a high number of red blood cells and the white blood cells are beginning to be produced. Taste buds are being formed on your baby's tongue this week also.

Don't be surprised if your legs and feet become swollen throughout the day. You should try to get off of your feet some throughout the day and prop your legs up. If you notice a substantial amount of swelling, you should contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.



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lexy-b - 14 days ago
machala-b dont worry - I gained 60lbs in both my first pregnacies & lost it all in 4 months. I was gaining double what was recommended - 2 lbs a week instead of 1 lb. I'm up about 18lbs right now but when the christmas goodies come out that when I put the real weight on haha.

emefa - 15 days ago
Is anyone feeling abdominal cramps especially after s*x?so terrible,learnt is normal and no cos for alarm,NW scared of having it,lol.

sunshinebaby8 - 15 days ago
ummm I have no idea.. I try not to look. YIKES!! I am five foot eight inches tall.. and prob. weighed 160 before pregnancy.. still didn't loose the weight from the last kid (2 years ago) WHOOPS!! lol. I'm not fat by any means.. but I know where the weight is.. and I can hide it with clothes...lol. I have prob gained about 18 lbs so far.

supermom87 - 16 days ago
My total weight gain this pregnancy is 17lbs so far

sher-baby - 16 days ago
Lol sunshine!! 8lbs isn't that bad! What's ur total weight gain so far...can't be that bad and were halfway done

sunshinebaby8 - 16 days ago
I gained 8 pounds in one month!! YIKES!!! Whatever.. I'll work it off after the baby comes :)

sher-baby - 16 days ago
Ok phew! I've gained 6lbs in 4 weeks!! That brings my total weight gain so far to 11lbs!! Not to bad! And my due date has changed to April 8th so that puts me at 22weeks today.

supermom87 - 17 days ago
Bit nervous I went to my Dr Monday they said I've gained 4lbs in a week 😲

sher-baby - 17 days ago
I'm hungry almost every hr, on the hr!!!! I'll get weighed tomorrow and hopefully it's within reason!

babylove5 - 17 days ago
Machala all women and babies gain at different rates. Once you give birth you will lose like 12 pounds right away. If you breastfeed you will lose all the weight and that's even while taking in more calories. That's how it works for me anyway. Idk what happened but all the sudden I'm not hungry anymore. I should be since we are giving so much to the baby. I hope my appetite comes back not to strong though... Lol

machala-b - 17 days ago
RJean, its seems I'm gaining too much, I'm up 23lbs and I'll b 22 weeks tomorrow, however im ok with the weight gain but the nutrionist I saw yday tells me I'm 8lbs over where I should be as of now n my doc asked me to try and gain like 2lbs a week, that's gonna be hard because I'm super hungry ALL the time. Anyone else??

sher-baby - 17 days ago
Dang!! That's a bit intense, don't u think! Lol the worst dream I had was prob my house exploding cuz of the furnace! Eek! I woke up a lil creeped out...like I needed to go and check it

babylove5 - 17 days ago
Rjean I have gained 15 pounds at 22 weeks. I normally gain the most in first 5 months the last few months I gain slowly since I lose my appetite. I'm just not hungry now but I make myself eat. My best friend is the opposite she gains at the end of her pregnancy. Sher the crazy dreams for me have never stopped. The other night I dreamed a huge snake not even possible of being in existence tried to attack me and I gouged out its eyes. It's crazy they dreams I have since being pregnant.

sher-baby - 17 days ago
Oh and it seems like my vivid dreams are back! Omg...I had suck a bad dream last night that caused me to wake up in a panic!! Ugh...then I could fall back asleep because all I could do was think about my dream! What a sucky night!

sher-baby - 17 days ago
Well yesterday I dug out all the baby furniture and that was pretty much all I had in me!! The next step will me making space for all of it. We had an extra room until my dad moved in with us In June...so now we have to make space in our room until he gets out!! And not even god himself knows when that will happen. So I'll soon be decluttering our room to make space...not sure when I'll have the energy for that.

lexy-b - 17 days ago
Sher-baby I've been exhausted lately! Glad I'm not the only one. I get the odd spurt of energy, normally in the morning but that lasts all of a couple hours then I want to take a nap haha.

sher-baby - 18 days ago
Rjean- I wouldn't worry too much. If they say 10-15lbs weight gain at this point is normal, then remember that's just an average. Some might of gained 17-18lbs while some may have only gained 7-8. As long as there's a gain I wouldn't be too worried. We're u having m/s'ness at the beginning??

RJean - 18 days ago
I had major heartburn with my oldest, and the doctor gave me the generic for Prilosec. I watched my diet, but had constant unyielding heartburn and the Prilosec worked like a charm. I was maxing out on tums every day and my ob yanked me off them completely bc eating too many tums can lead to kidney stones. On a different note...is anyone else having a hard time gaining weight? I've never had this problem and I'm a little worried. I'm up 8 lbs at 23 weeks! Every other pregnancy has had me gaining too much weight!

sher-baby - 18 days ago
Ya I see my ob every 4 weeks until I get to 28weeks (I think!) then it's every 2 weeks...I don't get to just go which kinda sucks but it's ok. So it's 6pm here and my back is killing me! This is like my new daily routine!! Wonderful!

babylove5 - 18 days ago
Sher it's probably something simple like the placenta moved more towards the left or he found a comfortable spot. I can't believe you Hv to wait that long to talk about the ultra sound. I went to my obgyn same day. He asked me if I was ok with another boy.. Lol.

sher-baby - 18 days ago
Ya the fact that I hear his hb let's me know things at going ok..maybe he's just been really sleepy! I'm still not too sure why I only feel movement on my left side tho...hopefully my ob can reassure me that everything is ok. Anyone lost every ounce of energy...again???

Babylove5 - 18 days ago
I am 22 weeks and the baby in the picture on that page is sooo cute!! Floy if you are having heartburn that means your baby will have lots of hair! You don't want to drink coffee.I have had heartburn with all my babies and they all had a full head of black hair at birth. Drink fat free milk to help, since reg milk makes you produce more acid and chew gum. Sher that's cute he picked out all those shoes! My lil guy doesn't do flips anymore and seems to stay in head down position. His legs move from right to left but stay near my belly button. He had the hiccups the other day.

floydianslip2 - 18 days ago
Wow, there is absolutely no activity in week 22 or 23. I feel like I'm all alone in there, so I'm hopping back. :) Has anyone taken any kind of medication for heartburn other than Tums? I have a dr appt tomorrow and I'll ask then, but I'm having a hard time with the heartburn and have never taken anything for it before. I know there are certain pills that are safe, but how well do they work?

sher-baby - 19 days ago
So DH and his mom went crazy baby shopping last week. DH went down to WA last week to visit and came back with 12 pairs of shoes!!! All for baby 'nameless'...and the clothes!!! Omg!! We have just put them back in dh's suite case cuz there is nooo space at the moment. We need to get a dresser ASAP! I am very thankful! Baby also doesn't seem to be as active these last few days. I feel movement but not the usual summersault feelings that I'm use to. Maybe he's just had a growth spurt and doesn't have as much space. I still use my Doppler and I hear him in there for sure so that's a relief. My next appt is on the third, hopefully all is well and we'll find out if the due date has changed based on my u/s.

sher-baby - 20 days ago
Dec baby- my back feels broken some days and I thought about using tiger balm but I heard that there's an ingredient in it that may not be safe. I'm going to ask my ob when i go. I'm going to need some serious relief soon...

Dec Baby - 21 days ago
Girls, you should try tiger balm or something similar for you neck and shoulder pain! It's like a hot/cold cream...great for muscle aches! I have used it for stretching ligament pain, especially in the last trimester!

supermom87 - 21 days ago
I get sore and stiff in my neck and back but it isn't painful just lil bothersome being stiff n sore all the time and I'm to a point now I find it hard to get comfortable and go to sleep at night

babylove5 - 21 days ago
I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I ate way to much pumpkin pie. Pumpkin they are measuring my cervix again although I don't feel it necessary since it is long and closed. My neck and shoulders bother me at night. I need to do something about it since it's bothering my sleep. My hubby's dad is a chiropractor and he said I need to keep correct posture during the day. I would like to see him do it while pregnant..lol. Is anyone else having neck pain? I got a lot of shopping done last night before Black Friday but the deals weren't as good this year.

supermom87 - 22 days ago
Happy thanksgiving 😊

sher-baby - 23 days ago
It looks like all of our babies are around about the same size. It will be interesting to see all the different sizes when we all deliver. Happy thanksgiving to all of you celebrating! I'm Canadian so our thanksgiving was last month!!

pumpkinfairy - 23 days ago
hello week 21 :) had my anatomy scan yesterday hes weighing in at 13 oz, and perfectly healthy! dr was concerned my cervix has shortened to 2.8, he told me to take it easy and I have to go back for another cervical check, looks like by New Yrs I might be on bed rest or at least light duty at work Happy thanksgiving everyone!

sher-baby - 23 days ago
Rjean-I can't sleep worth crap! I toss and turn like crazy! It's soo annoying

RJean - 23 days ago
I don't have hip pain either, but if I slack off on my exercising and weight lifting my back hurts. Is anyone else not sleeping particularly well? I feel like I toss and turn all night and my poor husband has to put up with it.

RJean - 23 days ago
My brother is coming in today for Thanksgiving and in a mad dash to make my house (somewhat) clean, I managed to pack away the skinny clothes and take out the rest of my maternity clothes and prepare a huge pile of unused clothes to be sent to Goodwill. I haven't had any nesting impulses yet, so any measure of organization is welcome at my house. :)

machala-b - 23 days ago
Sher, I feel movements on both sides, swear he is super active. N Babylove I never heard of oyster dressing, I've only eaten them fried, which I love by the way

sher-baby - 23 days ago
That pain was the worst part with my daughter!!! The burning and discomfort for at least a week!! Uugh! THAT is what I'm not looking forward to....everything else I can manage!! I feel kicks by my belly button too...some good kicks!! but only on the left! I'll ask my ob when I go on the 3rd.

babylove5 - 23 days ago
I'm making pumpkin pies and chess pies!! Yum! I still have to make oyster dressing which is a pain but it's a family tradition. We were eating turkey at Cracker Barrel so I didn't Hv to cook but I'm still making a few things for supper. I am feeling kicks now as high as my belly button. I'm wondering how big he is now. At 20 weeks he was 15 ounces! After eating all this food for thanksgiving he will be 2 pounds.. Lol. Sher I am worried about tearing again but after all the babies and every single time I tear and they stitch me back up. I feel like I have so much scar tissue it won't stretch just tear.

sher-baby - 23 days ago
Machala- I don't have any hip pain yet! But I deff have back pain! Boy oh boy...it hurts sooo bad some days. Does anyone only feel movement on one side of there belly? I feel loads of moment, pretty strong movement too...but only on my left.

machala-b - 23 days ago
21 weeks I'm here! And so is the hip pain, I tossed and turned all night and they still hurt. Oh boy! Other than that I'm great, my baby is very active, which is very reassuring for me. How are you all?? What's the plans for Thanksgiving??

floydianslip2 - 23 days ago
RJean, I have placenta previa right now, but it’s a partial previa and it’s not blocking my entire cervix. My doctor told me that it’s pretty normal, and in 90% of cases the placenta will move up as the uterus grows. She said that placentas like areas that are rich in nutrients and blood flow, and the bottom of the uterus doesn’t have as much as the top, so it will kind of creep up as time goes on. Great visual, right?! I have to have another u/s to check it as well. As far as energy goes, I’ve had a sudden burst of it and have been nesting again like crazy! I’m hoping it sticks around.

sher-baby - 24 days ago
For the past several months I've been feeling good..I had my energy back, not m/s, etc. But this morning I'm sooo tired! I feel like I could sleep all day!! I hope this isn't a sign that the worst is yet to come...on a good note, I feel movement all the time!! He is sooo active...it's great!! I think this lil guy is going to like eating!!! He is the most active when I'm eating or shortly after! I hope that's a good sign for breast feeding. Anyone have any experience in perineal massages??? I'm soooo scared of tearing again or getting cut!! I really just don't want stitches down there again!!! That memory haunts me..

sher-baby - 24 days ago
Rjean-mine is 340g. And that works out to about 12oz!!! So I feel you. And I'm not even 21 weeks until Saturday!! 4 more oz.'s and he'll be a pound...already!! Eeeekkkkk!!!!

RJean - 24 days ago
Also, my placenta was apparently pretty low, and they are going to do another US at 28 weeks. Does anyone have any experience with placenta previa or low lying placentas?

RJean - 24 days ago
I had my US halfway through my 20th week. I just got my ultrasound report and baby measured out at a little over 380 g. Sounded fine until I did calculations to convert grams to ounces....he was 13.45 oz! I had one 9 and one 7 pounder-this one is shaping up to be like his oldest brother. On the exhaustion front, I don't think I've been this tired since 9 weeks. I could sleep 13 hours a night if my LOs would let me! I am doing Thanksgiving with 3 other families, so I just have the homemade stuffing, the rolls, a casserole and a pie. Normally I would bake a pie, but I will leave the pie making to costco and take my time with everything else lol

babylove5 - 25 days ago
21 weeks and I am tired all of the sudden. I did have a burst of energy for a few weeks, now I'm missing that. Anyone else feeling tired? I'm taking the whole family to Cracker Barrel for thanksgiving so I don't Hv to cook! I'm still making dessert though.

1st.time.momma - 41 days ago
Hey there 21 weeks, moving at the end of the month so trying not to do too much digging into the cleaning. Although I am throwing a ton of stuff away with the move. Can't wait to be in a bigger place and get babys room ready.

Dec Baby - 44 days ago
Hello 21 weeks!!! fully in the renovating swing! I'm plastering, sanding and painting...but I have to say, that it's perfect weather to get into this type of work, I definitely could not do this in the winter time;) I hope to have enough energy to redo a room for the new baby!! Hope you girls are going well with your pregnancies:)

1st.time.momma - 82 days ago
Hey ladies I know a few people couldnt find the facebook group so heres a link www.facebook.com/groups/IAP2015

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 86 days ago
NICOLA2010 - Never hurts to ask maybe they will get you in to see him again! My son was not a very active baby..and I know for sure at 22 weeks I didn't feel him nearly as much as I'm feeling this peanut..I think they are all just different! I'm easily annoyed as well lol! Off to week 22 today woo hoo!

NICOLA2010 - 87 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com.. hi! glad ur doing ok.. im doing alright my symptom people r easily pissing me off lol! feeling good other then tired.. my baby sill barely moves! i may try n sneak an ultrasound in.. tell them i dont feel the baby. what u reckon?



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