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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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tlc - 1.6 hours ago
tassie- can't believe you are having Braxton hicks already! I LOVED feeling those. can't wait til mine start!

tlc - 1.7 hours ago
lil - definitely get the harmony test! non-invasive for baby and you will definitely find out the gender. only rules out a few chromosomal diseases though. amnio is much more informative, especially if they are looking for something specific.

Baby ali - 1.9 hours ago
oopixiesticks- haven't heard the results yet hubby called the hospital today they said another higher doctor or someone will need to see scans and reports then get back to us 2mrw. still dnt no anything at all :0( Oh by the way ladies before I found out the gender I did the Chinese gender test online and it always said BOY and just thinking about it now it got it right lol I am having a boy.... so those of u dnt no yet do that Chinese gender predictor it might get it right it did for me :0)

kristen27 - 4.2 hours ago
I was so active on this site but the past few weeks I've been mia! Just hard to keep up I guess. I've been reading every night so I guess that's the reason for my slacking lol. My baby moves ALL THE TIME! no joke! Only used to move when I was eating. Now it never stops. I seriously don't know if it sleeps

kristen27 - 4.4 hours ago
My sister in law is 11 weeks and the doctor is requesting an automatic amnio..I don't understand why they would do that?? Also I had the dna test done bc my first trimester screening showed possible down syndrome but it was just a blood test. I think it was called harmony test just by going off of all of yall talking about this harmony test. Not sure tho.

kristen27 - 4.4 hours ago
Lilpigz go get another doctor!! He sounds like an a hole for sure!! You don't want to be stuck being uncomfortable your whole pregnancy!! Sorry that happened..hoping for good results tho!

oopixiesticks - 5.1 hours ago
Babyali-did everything come out okay about the extra fluid? What did the doctor say it was? - 5.3 hours ago
I also have anterior placenta. Lol we have our own little club here! Anterior placenta can be an issue with previous csection scarring but is extremely rare. It can grown into the scar. My placenta is anterior but I can still see baby move and feel him now.he was jumping around this morn. It just isn't as much as it was with my prev son. I feel him kicking my bum and back more than towards the front. Lil- go with your instincts! If you have already had testing and no signs of any issues hopefully the harmony will shut them up. I, personally, wouldn't do amnio unless there were clear markers for issues. It's too risky in my mind. I might not even do it if there was markers, just depending if the baby could still lead a semi-normal life. But that's me :) I have now gained 4lbs in one week! Ah! I gained 4 lbs total up til now. Now I'm at 8! I know it doesn't seem like much but I haven't weighed 131 for 5 yrs! So it makes me a little sad. Just going to have to start making healthier food choices. No more midnight jack in the box tacos lol. Also, getting tons of Braxton hicks for a few weeks now. Nothing consistent or lasting for long periods so I'm not worried. Just seems like everything is happening much faster this preg.

oopixiesticks - 5.3 hours ago
Finally starting to feel a little more movement but still not very strong or from the outside. i ran out of my nausea medicine yesterday and of course today was a bad day i threw up a few times and still feeling green was super exhausted wanted to sleep so bad but my daughter is on spring break from school so i couldnt get a nap in. Also have been getting bad stretching cramps when i move too fast,my little one went and stood on a chair and i got up quick to get her down and got the worst cramp ever i couldnt move for a bit after

oopixiesticks - 5.4 hours ago
Its hard using my phone on this site sorry going back the contraception husband knows someone from work that had the snip snip done and still got his wife pregnant went in for the procedure again and still got his wife pregnant a time after...also heard of getting pregnant with tubes tied also but of course im sure chances are slim,,,whats meant to be will happen regardless. Lilpigz--go with your own instinct! My doctors always try to talk me into getting a flu shot and birth control and everytime i say no they bring in doctor after doctor after nurse resident whoever is in the office to talk me into it but i just keep saying okay thank you for the information but no.

ashley3 - 8.5 hours ago
Well said Funtime- lilpigs, if you don't feel comfortable doing something regarding you and your baby then Don't allow anyone to bully you into it. I've also said no to all those testing, because regardless it wouldn't change anything, this baby will be loved no matter what, so I've said no and my doctor supports that decision 100%. Lilpigs- I should say welcome to the anterior placenta club, I too have been told that I have that as well, it just sucks that we don't get to enjoy those wonderful kicks and movement that everyone gets to experience at this point. But I have heard that there may be complications with having a anterior placenta, I'm going to ask my doctor next week when I go, but has anyone else heard of problems with this before??

funtimemum80 - 10 hours ago
Hey lil, when I went for my gender scan I left with two minds with what I saw, it was nothing like I actually saw with the other girls, I cried my eyes out in denial as not only did I feel boy but someone was telling me girl and I hadn't seen 100 % with my own eyes, so was upset as you know and really fizzed off as I paid good money to see private parts. I had another scan last week, parts were checked, she also guessed girl ( I didn't let on I already knew) again the inbetweeen was bare but no visible burger or lines, I know deep down that a penis would have been seen, something would have been seen if a boy. Will you find out for sure once you do the amino ?? Don't let your dr get you down, you in a better position than him to know what is going on with your body and baby, he is probably pushing you to look good on paper, he's doing his job by advising you but doing it badly if you feel pressured. My last pregnancy was blighted by all this clinical millarky and this time I have said no to lots of things, appointments have been made behind my back after I've said no and appointments have been canceled as I stand by my decisions, go with your gut and be proud you are an experienced woman and an intuitive mother x

lil.pigz - 13.8 hours ago
Had the gender scan yesterday. The tech is 'guessing' a girl. I dont find the u/s picture very convincing, if anything just questionable. It doesnt look anything like my other 5 daughters', but then again nothing like my sons. She didnt base her finding off of the 3 lines, hamburger, or visible labia. Just off of lack of seeing a penis,lol. Im going for the harmony test today because the MFM specialist I saw yesterday was a complete A-HOLE and I am switching Dr's and hospitals asap. I knew I wasnt staying with this office, and yesterday just confirmed my fears and worries. He kept pushing I get an amnio, even though my chances were 1 in 760 for any problems, my quad screen was perfect and the scan was negative for all 12 markers!! He just pissed me off to no end and I was so mad when I left, I was seriously regretting even being pregnant. Im doing the harmony to shut him up and prove him to be the idiot he is. And I do have an anterior placenta, just like I thought. That is why I rarely feel baby.

Baby ali - 20.1 hours ago
I can feel baby move a lot this time round all the time maybe boys move a lot, it's so reassuring and good feeling :0)

funtimemum80 - 20.8 hours ago
Lil, I know you are a Thursday writer but we are waiting on your news x

funtimemum80 - 20.8 hours ago
Lol tlc, I think boys are surposeed to grow quicker and bigger than girls?? Or is that another myth?? I hear you on the beached whale thing, I've put on about 16 lbs and feel huge, although I'm well aware that this is only half the size of the end result lol, when I wake in the mornings I roll off the bed now instead of sitting of the perks of creating a child : ))

tlc - 1 days ago
wow. i''ve definitely crossed a threshold. it is getting so hard to do simple movements like getting up off the floor and in and out of chairs. i know i've done this twice before but i feel like its so early to be feeling like such a beached whale.

Baby ali - 1 days ago
lil.pigs- have you had ur gender scan????

Baby ali - 1 days ago
lol u got 7 I got 2 so there's a big difference there yeah my family will be completed at 5 for me and as for him he loves his kids more than anything in this world and kids have changed him a lot in life and we do strongly believe in God and what ever god has for us in store we will accept. my mother Inlaw and father Inlaw only wanted 5 they ended up with 10 and it's made them stronger as a family and to see the bond and that strong orientated family makes me want more, it didn't put pressure in their family or break their relationship it only made it stronger and the family is soo close it's unbelievable and the love my father Inlaw has for his wife is amazing

tlc - 1 days ago
Nix- Yes - I'm hoping for VBAC.

funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
I guess for me im constantly thinking what's best rather than what 'sarah' wants, I don't want to get older and regret not having more or worst less!! All I know is right now im happy, we joke about the future, numbers ECT but anything can happen, it dawned on me a few nights ago that if something was ever to happen to this baby or I had a bad birth experience I couldn't go through it again, we tend to get pregnant as my preg and births always been good but in all honesty something bad would stop everything this would be it! So im always thankful I know how lucky we are to be here doing what we do with each others backs

funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
Baby Ali, me and my husband agreed no more than 2....and the desision to have more was joint over these past years, if someone said 10 years ago that I would be carrying my 7th child in 2014 I would have called them a liar! We grew as a couple, wanted the same things over time, if he turned around tomorrow and said no more I couldn't argue over compromise when we already have children, personally it would be insane for me to demand more if he was unwilling, I need his help and support after all, i had a close friend who stopped using contraception without her husbands knowledge and her pregnancy ruined her close marraige, from the outside i thought 'what's the big deal' it was only one more, but they split and now she's on her own with 5 kids and i couldn't do husband is my best friend and i can only do this with him, without him is just me with a bunch of kids....if you feel your husband will change his mind then who am i to argue, for me personally id wouldn't and couldn't risk the pressure i got too many others to think about, having these kids hasn't come easy its time and money and can only do this as a team

NixSA - 2 days ago
i totally agree. marriage is a 2 way street. Having kids is a huge decision and u have to both be on the same page. last year sept i said lets have another one and he said ok yes lets do it. We have a pretty solid relationship with the odd hiccup but nothing that lasts long. i truly believe that if ur marriage isnt in a good place then the worst thing to do is bring children into the mix because they do not make things right. They are hard work and can cause many problems because of lack of sleep etc. i hope im making sense haha. as for us i am done - hubby wants more. we will cross that bridge when the time comes. i wont get my tubes tied or make him get a vasectomy because my mom always talks about how she wanted a 4th child n it was too late. i think if i have more it will be when this one is like 6

Baby ali - 2 days ago
Funtime- marriage and children is a two way thing if a wife has differnt view and opinions they have to comprimise. i know my husband inside out been with him almost 13 years so we grew up together what he dsnt agree to now agrees later I no how my hubby works, and we have understanding in each other. yeah marriage break and so on because of husband and wife not understanding and trusting one another and it is sad and it's even worse wen kids are involved. ur husband is open to big family wat if u didn't want more than 2? and he wanted big family??? am sure you would compromise and yes marriage is worth more than the notion of having more kids but kids make you who u are, ur family make you who you are, and ppl have their own capability of how many they can raise and look after. we all have our own way of raising our children and what we want in our family and marriage and everyone's different one thing might be important to one person and to the other person it means nothing. but yeah it's how husband and wife is In the marriage that makes it what it is.

funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
Week 22 is quiet, I don't think anyone will talk until the end of the week..... Baby ali, I thought there was a pill made for men?? We have just been 'careful' the past few years in between the pregnancies, before I had the injection which once in your system can't be removed, it eventually caused us 2.5 years to conceive our 3rd which wasn't pleasant so since then I've been cautious on what to use. I'm lucky as my husband is open to a bigger family so any slip ups will be accepted, I have always said if he told me he's finished and don't want anymore than I would have to deal with it and start using marriage is worth more than the notion to have more children, I've seen couples fall apart over the decision to have children, and that's too sad....

NixSA - 2 days ago
Anyone else hoping for vbac this time round? I am pushing for it (Excuse the pun lol)

kadyrae1107 - 2 days ago
Oh my goodness lol I just got to the part when it'd the next morning and she's throwing meatballs I think? Woww haha. I don't know what else to say!

kadyrae1107 - 2 days ago
TASSIE- guess what i just put on the TV?!? Your episode on bar rescue! Lol it finally recorded tonight!!

Baby ali - 2 days ago
i think they should invent a contraception pill for mens then we will seeeee how they keep up the pills everyday lolz they dnt like geting anything done to their manhood which is fair enough but I think pill will suit them better :0) and then we will see the boost in population lol

jackie87 - 2 days ago
Ali- Yep, you definitely keep it up! You'll be able to convince him eventually, hehe. I could've gone blind because of a blood clot and I agree putting things into your body can just mess with the normal mechanisms and physiologies, which I prefer to avoid! I don't even smoke and had normal blood work for clotting disorders. The only anomaly was the BC pill. Some of these things are convenient but down the the road, who knows what damage they could cause?

Baby ali - 2 days ago
I had a copper iud after my previous baby wen I wanted to get pregnant again it messed up my system took 4 months of trying to get pregnant and the doctors sed it could take up to one year to conceive so that's a no no for me as I want children, I dnt want pill coz it makes some women gain weight and Noo to the rest of contraception out there, he needs to see sence it's not like he looks after them or anything I do all the hard work. anyways am sure some how he will agree to me after 2 years or so lol

jackie87 - 2 days ago
And to add, getting a tubal ligation is much more invasive than a vasectomy unless it's done at the time of a C-section (which I haven't had), and I've already shared my body with OUR children, so I think it's a fair trade off!

jackie87 - 2 days ago
Pixiesticks/baby ali- My hubby is all for a vasectomy and they are covered so I am happy that we have that option as I've had an ocular stroke after being on BC pills and the Mirena and copper IUCDs make me nervous--the Mirena because it contains hormones and the copper because it may not be effective.

Baby ali - 2 days ago
I think it surely woken the baby lol keeps kicking about hope he's okay :0( pray for me

Baby ali - 2 days ago
oh ladies one after another for me, went to a party and it's 12am in uk, fell over on the way in the car fell back and landed on my ass :0( hubby got scared and was paniking told him not to worry as I didn't hurt my self only landed hard on my bottom LOL

Baby ali - 2 days ago
oopixiesticks- mens think it's okay for us to do birth control and wen it comes to them they dnt want to do anything, I told my hubby if he strongly is against having more to have the snip but then gets all angry over it coz he doesn't want to do anything LOL he goes work around the time in the month wen I am not fertile and do it like that am thinking to myself OK happy days! 90% chances of mistakes LOL and he's against abortion and that so am not really bothered, I agreed to him saying okay we will avoid the fertile times in the month and do that and he's ever so happy now :0)

jackie87 - 2 days ago
NixSa, I don't blame you at all and you're not being snobby. I'm in Canada and I'm fortunate that the options here are great but I would be very picky if I was unhappy with the hospital closest to me (which also happens to be the hospital I work for). Tlc, I'm happy to hear you've both made progress. I also love Zachary Quinn--very lovely first/middle combination.

oopixiesticks - 3 days ago
Nixsa-who cares what people think of you if anything your decision to go somewhere cleaner and nicer makes you look better that you care for the safety of your child and yourself. Babyali-responding to your post in the last week...we're in the same boat here! Lol hubby says no more than 3 he can't do it and has been telling me to tie my tubes I said no way and refuse to do birth control because I'm scared it's going to mess me up somehow . I told him to do snip snip if that's how he feels I said women have more health problems it'll be more dangerous for me than him lol

NixSA - 3 days ago
I actually just got home from Pre-Admission at the private hospital. Feeling a lot better. Its going to cost a lot but what is money when my life and our little babies life is at risk. We did a tour of the maternity ward too and it was pretty awesome to see how clean everything was and how friendly the nursing staff are.

Baby ali - 3 days ago
nixsa- ur not a snob, I live in uk and our NHS is sooooo much better I feel, ur government hospital is scary I dnt think anyone would want to be in that situation and I do feel sorry for people who can't pay for a better service. your doing the right thing if you can afford it then go to a better place and it's safer for you and the baby. hope everything works out for you

NixSA - 3 days ago
tlc u still have time but I am blessed in a sense that my husband loves doing stuff like that. we had names picked before the gender reveal at the doctors office. We chose Ezra for a boy and Alexis for a girl. On the table when finding out it was a girl I said to my hubby I dont like Alexis. We agreed on Chloe which was the name we picked for our son Chad if he was to be a girl. I also like how they are both CH. It will happen. I know with my son it was like its never gona happen and then all of a sudden we both agreed on a name. GOOD LUCK

NixSA - 3 days ago
Hello weeks 21ers. This 19 weeks jumper again... :) Has anyone else got no idea yet about where they are giving birth or with who??? I have been seeing a gynae in my home town which is 2 hours away but its so unsettling going there for both me and my son because when we get home we miss my family and all that. I want to birth here where I live but I dont have medical aid so its either R40 000 (south africa rand for anyone who wants to convert) or free at the government hospital BUT the government hospital is disgusting!! I heard that there is always old blood everywhere and u are left pretty much on your own. My neighbours daughter was there and the baby was hanging out and no1 came. Problem is I feel terrible making my husband work sooo hard to pay the hospital all this money!! He says he doesnt mind and will make a plan. So we want to go there today to see the payment options. Sorry if this is a boring post but for me it helps tog et my feelings out there to people who dont know me because i have been called a snob for not wanting to go to the government hospital.

kadyrae1107 - 3 days ago
Zachary Quinn!!!!

tlc - 3 days ago
Well, some progress on the name hunt. My husband begrudgingly sat down with me and the baby name book tonight. He hates this - he's not a quick decision maker for anything like this. We didn't get anywhere until he made up a list. He basically just looked at the top 100 and wrote down in his terms 'normal names' which to me means boring names. No offense to anyone, but there were names like James, Robert, Eric, etc. Just like he did with my list, I crossed out almost every name on it. I was left with Zachary and Owen from his list, both of which neither he or I love but we are leaving them there for now. He wound up getting angry with me because he still wants time to think about it. I put them together with 2 middle names from my 'more unique' names list for now. Let me know what you think about Zachary Quinn or Owen Jesse....

jackie87 - 3 days ago
Tlc, that's good to hear! Mine still bothers me but mostly just before bed. They say the worse the heartburn, the more hair, and both my girls had a full head of hair when they were born, so I wouldn't mind if this one was a baldy, hehe.

tlc - 3 days ago
Well here's a positive thing. That sour and insane heartburn I was having seems to have dissipated. I haven't reached for a Tums in days. I don't usually expect things to improve as we move along our weeks, but I'm glad for it! I'm sure it's not gone forever!

jackie87 - 3 days ago
Tlc, I noticed that, too...I'm sure by week 40 they'll update again, bahahahahaha.

tlc - 3 days ago
Uh oh....the due dates on the site aren't keeping up with us again....we are all still listed in week 20 :-(

kadyrae1107 - 4 days ago
Yayy week 21!! I've been feeling my little man kick for over a month now but only in the last two weeks I've been able to see my belly move at times! I'm not sure if its because I'm still so skinny or I have a big baby!! Lol. Every time I would tell my doctor I felt the baby move he would say well I don't know about that you usually don't start to feel anything until 20 weeks (this was about 15-16weeks). I knew it was the baby and would just rreply back okkk but I know its him! Since that first time I felt him kick its been constant ever since.

lil.pigz - 5 days ago
kristen27-Aww, lucky:) I cant wait until I can actually feel mine from the outside!

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