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This week your baby's length, from crown-to-rump, is approximately 8 inches! Your growing baby has finally reached one pound. Your baby is about the size of a small baby doll and looks very human. The baby's face and body look similar to that of a newborn at this time. Your uterus can be found about 1.5 inches above your navel. Your total weight gain should be approximately 15 pounds at this time.

You might notice some Braxton-Hicks contractions around this time. These contractions are not regular and they should not be painful. Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare your body for the upcoming labor and they will get stronger as your pregnancy progresses. You might be able to feel the contractions if you put your hand on your abdomen and your baby can probably feel the uterus gripping and massaging her. It will not harm your baby, so there is no need for concern.

Fat is still being deposited at a rapid rate, but your baby still looks red and wrinkled. Skin is being produced at a higher rate than the fat is, so the skin hangs loosely. Your baby looks red because the skin is losing its transparency and pigment is beginning to form. You should be feeling your baby moving quite a bit throughout the day as she will kick and punch the uterus walls. Babies also run their hands along the umbilical cord and touch their body parts while they are in the womb. Your baby now can suck her thumb for real, where she was just sticking it in her mouth. Your baby will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and recycle it as urine. The liquids and sugars that the baby retracts from the fluid is a supplement to the nutrients that the placenta delivers. You might be able to feel small `jumps` inside of you when your baby gets the hiccups from swallowing fluid. The pancreas is developing and it will responsible for insulin production, to help break down sugars.

Oily fish in your diet could help boost your baby's health. (Women who eat oily fish while pregnant have children with better visual development, a major study at Bristol University suggests.)

As the baby continues to grow, it has less space to move around in the uterus. Bones, muscles and organs are growing steadily.



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sher-baby - 5 days ago
Oh boy!!! That's pretty sad! Lol hopefully we can pick it up for a while and clean up those tumbleweeds! Any whoo...I'm moving over to 24weeks feel free to join the party...or lack there of :-/ lol

RJean - 5 days ago
I just moved up to 25 weeks, but its like a ghost town. You can practically read the tumbleweeds.

sher-baby - 5 days ago
Hopefully we can carry some convos over into the following weeks...anyone else in 24 or 25 weeks??

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
Right?! It has been quiet all week. I'm supposed to move to 25 weeks tomorrow, but I'm sure it will be dead in there too. Oh well!

sher-baby - 6 days ago
24 weeks tomorrow but there's zero convos going on over there...

babylove5 - 6 days ago
Supermom that's a good thing they Hv you on bed rest. Try to find something to read since you will go nuts not being able to do anything. The main thing is to get the lungs developed. If you can make it another 12 weeks your baby will probably be able to go home with you. At 35 weeks they are normally developed. Girls also are the stronger sex at birth.

supermom87 - 6 days ago
What scares me most I'm high risk for preterm labor and my placenta like it is Dr has me on complete bed rest I hated hearing those words but I will do what I have to for my unborn

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
They diagnosed my previa at my 20 week scan, and since then my placenta is already on the move and is only a partial at this point. Definitely nothing to worry about, and doctors will let you know if there is an increased risk with it or not, which is pretty rare now. It will be okay, like Sher said you just have to keep your cool! :)

babylove5 - 6 days ago
My friend had placenta previa and hers ended up moving up in the 3rd tri. That's why I don't like to google things you Hv a cold and look up your symptoms then you start imaging that it's Ebola. I looked up low lying uterus and it said you could end up having a collapsed uterus. I decided that's bs, I just need to not carry around my 25 pound toddler.

RJean - 6 days ago
I have marginal previa, but my doctor has told me not to expect my placenta to move. :( I still have hope because I really don't want a c section! Whatever gets the baby out safely is the most important, though. I have a friend who just had complete previa, and her only problem was occasional bleeding. Its not a risk to the baby, unless you go into labor.

sher-baby - 6 days ago
Placenta previa WON'Tharm your baby as much as you stressing will...believe that!! but I'm sure I don't have to tell you that! This isn't your first rodeo girl...just keep cool!

supermom87 - 6 days ago
Trying not to worry but I've never been through this and I'm very scared for my baby I have been stress free for a while then they said this and it all come flooding back of feeling nervous and overwhelmed

sher-baby - 6 days ago
It's really not THAT serious! Your placenta is covering your cervix...you shouldn't over exert yourself (..just like any pregnancy) and you'll prob have to have a c-section, unless it moves up (but your already planning a c-section). Stressing yourself over minor issue will cause more harm to your baby hun! Try to keep that in mind...

supermom87 - 6 days ago
Found out that I have placenta previa I go see my ob today I'm scared because I don't know what it is but from what I'm reading online I don't like the idea of the risks it poses anyone else been through this and baby be ok???

sher-baby - 6 days ago
I don't think my DH wants to even touch me, let alone have sex with me!! It would just be awkward and we'd both prob start laughing like little girls!! I have done some research because I have a pain in what I once called my vagina bone (I guess it's my public bone. It seems to be right in the center and just above my clitoris, sorry if that's tmi!) but I think for me, I'm might be suffering from SPD, or at least the starting of it. But it feels like I've been punched there!!! My dr hasn't mentioned anything about it being from my uterus, so for me I'm just self diagnosing myself with early stages of SPD! :-)

babylove5 - 6 days ago
Lol the perineum massage would not happen with my husband either, because he would just end up wanting sex. I would never get the massage. They are going to do another vaginal ultrasound to make sure my cervix is closed, since my uterus is lowered into my pelvis. There is something really weird with my uterus it was sitting really low on my pelvic bone and I can feel the babies head on the bone. It hurts bad and he's not that big yet. It also very long. I wish it were sitting a bit higher. Does anyone else have pain on their pelvic bone? I do lunges at night and those are not comfortable with his little head right there.

sher-baby - 7 days ago
Pitocin in the devil in an IV form!!! If I can avoid that crap...I WILL!! I thought about doing the perineum massage but it just seems awkward to do! I don't know if I can do it myself and there's no way in hell I'm asking DH to do it! Lmao! Yaaa right!!!

mandykat760 - 7 days ago
I'm going to start perineum massages soon to prevent tearing.

mandykat760 - 7 days ago
With my first I waled into the hospital knowing I wanted an epi. I was terrified and I told the guy make it so I can't feel my toes. He did! Super easy even tho I torn. My second, I was induced with the hell juice, pitocin. F that never again! I was hoping for alil more natural birth. I was in hell but I was handling it, my husband was not lol. 'do you want me to get the drugs? Do you want the drugs? You should get the drugs.' It felt like he was repeating it even tho I bet he wasn't. I was just missing the support. I made it to transition and said FINE just shut up and get me the epi. The doctor can in and it wasn't working. So now I was strapped to the bed feeling everything. I lost my cool. The doctor wiggled the cathider in my back and the drugs went to the top of my body. My face, head, neck and arms went numb while still feeling everything down below. I was able to speak and tell them so the doc messed with it again but it was too late I had to push. The baby came out and guess what? The epi started to work! I laugh about this now but I was PISSED and had the worst headache from it. This time I'm going natural and the moment my husband mentions an epi I will murder him.

babylove5 - 8 days ago
Wow three pushes that's great! I get them crowning pretty soon but then they are stuck that way for at least a hour. The last dr told me he doesn't cut to get the baby out. I just would have to tear. I was so pissed I just grabbed my legs and thought to heck with it. I got him out but afterwards I was swollen from all the pressure of the babies head and tearing. It took him 20 min to sew me up. I can't use the restroom because it hurts so bad. I feel like if I get them out sooner the swelling won't be as bad.

RJean - 8 days ago
I tore reeeaallu badly with my first (it took 30 min to sew me up) and about half as badly with my second. My doctor told me a simple tip, push until the baby is crowning and then stop completely. Let the doctor/midwife ease their fingers in the perineal area before you push again. They can help control how the baby's head comes out -angle and speed. It won't completely stop you from tearing if you are prone (some ppl have more elastic skin), but apparently it helps. I pushed for almost 3 hours before my first was born and by the end I just wanted him out. As soon as the vacuum extractor thing was used to get his chubby 9 lb self past my pubic bone, I pushed super hard and payed the price. With my second, I only had to push 3 times, stopped when he crowned and she eased him out super slowly. It made a huge difference!

sher-baby - 8 days ago
Babylove- I would love to know how to avoid tearing/getting cut!! That's my biggest BIGGEST fear at the moment! With my daughter my water broke around 7:30pm (no contractions..) but through out the night I was getting contractions, nothing too painful tho. By 10am the next day I was dilating but not enough (I think I was 7cm) so they induced me!!! Pitocin...Uughhhh the drug made by the devil him self!!!! Woow! But they induced me at 10:30am and by 11am the pain was something I can can't describe!!! Luckily by around 11:15am I was ready to push and she was born at 11:33am. I did tear on the inside, I think I got 3 or 4 stitches! But I didn't push for long...I'm sure it really all depends on the mom and baby, it's always going to be different. My daughter was born at 37weeks and weighed 5lbs 11oz, so she was little...that may have been why I didn't have to push for long! But Whoo knows...

babylove5 - 8 days ago
How do some women just push their babies out without tearing? I have never done that and I Hv a hard time getting them out. Any tips on how to make the pushing quick?

babylove5 - 8 days ago
Rjean it feels awful when they do that! I wish I knew what I was going to do after 4 births. My first was vaginal and they cut me to get her out after she was stuck crowning for 3 hours. I had the worst cut and the most stitches to repair it. My second they gave me cytotec to induce which caused emergency c sec. My third I went into labor at 35 weeks and didn't Hv time for epidural I was in horrible pain the contractions were much closer together than the other pregnancies and I thought I was going to die from pain. I had him vaginal and it was fast and furious. I tore and they gave me a shot in my vagina to sew it back up. My fourth I waited until I was ready to push him out to go to the hospital because I hate going there and decided I would just wait until I was about ready to push him out. Well I thought since my last birth was so horrible and painful I would know when it was close. I started labor at 5 am and went all day until 6 or 7pm before I went in. It was never as painful as it was w my last baby. I then felt pressure and knew I had to go quick. I walked in almost 9 cm and the dr. Started getting stuff ready again they said no time for epi but this baby was big and I always tear so I begged them to give it anyway so I wouldn't feel the needle from the stitches. He crowned for a hour and was so big 8 pounds I couldnt get him out. Finally I tore and he was born. The epi was working halfway for those stitches. Every birth is different. I plan on waiting until almost time to deliver but as far as pain med idk. It depends on size of baby and duration.

RJean - 9 days ago
Merciful heavens....this child will not stop kicking my cervix! He must want to break out, because it's been going on for the past hour!

supermom87 - 9 days ago
I've done all natural once not cause I wanted to but I hope I never do it again lol I gladly accept pain meds ehh but I'm having C-section n tubal ligation this delivery

sher-baby - 9 days ago
Machala-I'm planning a natural birth, if I can. I had it natural with my daughter but I know; like very pregnancy is different, so is every birth/delivery! So my 'plan' is to go natural but if I'm a complete b***h on wheels cuz of the pain or cant take it anymore, I will look for pain options...I don't want an epi only because I'm terrified of needles to no end, and I don't want to be numb afterwards. I know that the pain WILL end so I'm going to try and keep that in mind but I may consider using the gas

machala-b - 9 days ago
Supermom im waiting to share his name, but its so cute and different i just want to brag with it, lol. Do everyone know whether or not they are going with a natural labor or epi, or are there any planned csections?? I want to do the natural thing this time, but ive watched YouTube videos and its making me think twice..lol

sher-baby - 9 days ago
We don't have a name yet either...atleast not one that both DH and I agree on! And It seemed much easier with my daughter! This lil guy is taking a lot of thought!

RJean - 9 days ago
At least you have a name picked out supermom! I probably won't even have a name picked out until after the baby is born ;) Why does naming get harder the more kids I have?!? lol

supermom87 - 9 days ago
Anyone else waiting until birth to share their baby's name???? It's been so hard for me to not share. I'm not good with keeping excitement to myself and I'm so happy with the name me and dh agreed on

floydianslip2 - 9 days ago
Mmm, popcorn sounds so good! I have to avoid salt, which sucks because I prefer salt to sweets!

babylove5 - 10 days ago
I'm glad you told me because I didn't think about it being caused by the pregnancy. I thought it was the fish oil. Those are suppose to be good for the baby because of the omega 3 fatty acids. I did read that they are a blood thinner which I don't need but it's worth it for the benefit. I started eating more salt which has helped. Love the pickles and popcorn.

sher-baby - 10 days ago
Amen to dr. Google!! Lol

floydianslip2 - 10 days ago
Well, I just Googled it because I wanted to know why it drops, and here is what I found: 'It occurs because the circulation expands during pregnancy and hormonal changes cause the blood vessels to dilate, leading to a lowering of blood pressure. The blood pressure begins to fall in early pregnancy and is usually at its lowest sometime in the middle of the second trimester.' It says that at the begining of the 3rd tri your BP rises because your body is now producing an extra pint of blood and now needs to process it. Wow! I learned something new today! :)

babylove5 - 10 days ago
Floy I didn't realize the blood pressure dropped in the second tri, so that's good to know. I Hv always had low blood pressure like my dad, which is great unless it drops to low. I have oily skin with just a few dry spots like my forehead but my cheeks, nose, and hair are super shiny. I Hv 3 zits on my chin from this extra oil ugh. Carollas beeswax skin creme is all natural and great. You can only order online. It has 4 ingredients olive oil, beeswax, water and borax. It works great for dry spots even on face but I can't put on my chin or I get zits.

floydianslip2 - 10 days ago
Exactly! Shoot, cold wipes suck here in the desert, I can’t even imagine up there where it’s so cold! I had one for both boys and it was great. I got a bottle warmer to keep at my mom’s since she’ll watch the baby when I go back to work, but I think I might need one at home too so that DH can thaw out my milk and feed baby once in a while. That was a sore spot with us last time, he felt that he wasn’t getting to bond and I was because, in his words: the baby was attached to me all the time.

sher-baby - 10 days ago
I got a wipe warmer with my daughter and first thought 'pfft!!! Spoiled brat!!...who needs warm wipes?!?!...' But OMG it made diaper changes sooo much more pleasant as she wasn't screaming at the top of her lungs the entire time!!!! A wipe warmer is a must have over here...same with a bottle warmer...that made things soo much smoother!!!

floydianslip2 - 10 days ago
I try moisturizer before makeup too, but it doesn’t help either. I’m thinking that maybe I should get an exfoliator and once a week see if sloughing off the dead skin helps. RJean, funny how that list gets bigger and bigger! I’m trying really hard to categorize everything into needs and wishes so that I don’t go overboard. I need a new diaper bag too, and I really want a wipe warmer!

sher-baby - 10 days ago
Rjean-lol...nope! Ur deff not alone with the desert like, dandruff skin! I try to moisturize JUST before I put my make up on, but it still doesn't do my face much justice. I don't want to change to a liquid foundation because I know it's not going to be permanent and the foundation I use isn't cheap...but in the mean time, it looks pretty bad!

supermom87 - 10 days ago
Hello 23weeks so excited about next week the Dr said that's when the pregnancy is viable ha I have 4 kids already never heard of that till this pregnancy ehh 22weeks wasn't kind to me was very sick lost 2lbs I'm a bit concerned Dr said wait and see how this week goes when I go in Monday I have to do the 1 hour glucose test ugh so not looking forward to it

RJean - 10 days ago
Goodness, I thought I was the only one with super dry skin. My makeup (when I actually wear some) doesn't look super great over my desert of a face even though I put on moisturizer at least twice a day! Ug. And Floyd, you just reminded me that I should probably get a new diaper bag (although I never buy more than 1-2 bottle until I know the baby will actually drink out of it!).... And my husband spilled varnish all over our pack n play, so I probably need a new one. My list of needs keeps expanding along with my belly lol.

sher-baby - 10 days ago
Lol face dandruff is exactly how I would explain it as well!!! Lol! I'll keep u posted! I don't use lotion on my body, I always use thick and heavy butters!!! (I make my own body butter using raw Shea, coco, mango butter; melted together with Coconut oil then whipped!) I don't put it on my face tho because I don't want it to cause any break outs, but ya my face looks pretty flaky somedays...I'll keep u posted

floydianslip2 - 11 days ago
Babylove, I normally have high BP, in fact I’m on medication right now to keep it in check. But my BP also went way low, to the point where I asked my doc if I could stop taking the medication because I was feeling dizzy and light headed. She told me no, and explained that in the second trimester it is very normal for your BP to lower quite a bit, but that it will go up again toward the start of the third trimester. I’m not sure why that is, I should have asked. I don’t think that fish oil affects BP though. Sher, my skin is definitely taking a beating! I feel like I have face dandruff of something, my forehead and nose are flaking no matter how much moisturizer I put on. My chest too! I have yet to find a lotion that helps, so if you come across anything good let me know!

sher-baby - 11 days ago
Anyone's skin taking a beating? My skin is normally kind of dry, but the skin on my face keep flaking, it's soooo dry! Omg! It looks kinda gross actually!!....*sigh* #PregnancyProblems! Lol

sher-baby - 11 days ago
I'm not sure if dish oils would cause low blood pressure. That's really low, so u have history of low BP?

babylove5 - 11 days ago
I checked my blood pressure at Kroger since I sometimes feel light headed and it is a bit to low. It was 90 over 51. Normal for me is 100 over 62. Do any of you think fish oil supplements would make my blood pressure to low?

babylove5 - 11 days ago
I have lots of clothes and everything but My 2yr old is using the crib as a transition bed, you can remove one side and has bars so I will just get another crib. I am going to let my 2 year old pick out the bedding, so it will probably be Mickey Mouse :-/ . They will be sharing a room. Whatever makes him happy since his personality is very demanding.

floydianslip2 - 11 days ago
Thanks for the advice ladies! I’m not sure if these are internal or external, but (TMI alert) I’ve been using baby wipes to avoid pain and I can feel a pea sized bulge. I guess I’ll just try the tucks and fiber, give it time, see what happens. RJean I’m kind of in your boat. I have all of the boy clothes from the other two, and my mom bought us some new outfits, but other than that we haven’t really gotten much. DH keeps saying “we have plenty of time” and isn’t overly concerned. We’re focusing more on Christmas and will really get cracking when we’re past the holidays. But we need a swing, a pack and pay, a car seat, a dresser, a crib, and all of those little odds and ends that you find yourself needing. What will end up killing us is that list of smaller things that will come up. The breast milk bags, bottles, washcloths, burp cloths, things for the diaper bag, bath stuff, first aid stuff… you get the picture. So much to do and so little time!

RJean - 11 days ago
I realized last night that I have bought absolutely nothing for this baby. Not even a onesie. My MIL sent me some newborn and 0-3 month clothes last month...but I haven't gotten anything. I have a short list of new things to buy (our old carseat expired and we need a new changing pad), but other than that I /think/ we are okay. I have two previous boys so the clothes aren't an issue. I'm sure the closer the due date comes, the more I will magically think of. Also, Christmas seems to be sucking up all of my planning/energy-maybe when Christmas is over I'll be able to hunker down and prepare everything. Anyone in the same boat?



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