This week your baby's crown-to-rump length is around 8.4 inches and your baby will weigh approximately 1.2 pounds. Although it weighs a little over a pound at this point, your growing baby is still tiny. Your uterus can easily be felt 1.5 to 2 inches above your bellybutton. The fetus does not appear to have much room in the uterus anymore, but as your pregnancy progresses, space gets much tighter!
Because your uterus is expanding and putting a great amount of pressure on your abdomen, you might get stretch marks. Your weight gain may also be taking a toll on your body at this point. Many pregnant women experience backaches, bladder problems, sore feet and fatigue that affect their daily routines. You might also have some nasal stuffiness or nosebleeds.
Your baby's face is basically complete now. The fetus's eyes are close together on the front of his face and they are still shut. Your baby's ears have moved into their final position on the sides of his head. Where they are now is where they will be when your baby is born! Hair will continue to grow on his scalp and his eyelashes are well developed. Most of your baby's features look the same as they will at birth. Because your growing baby is getting plumper, he no longer has room in your tummy to do cartwheels and somersaults.
Now is a good time to ask about prenatal classes being offered in your area. Many local hospitals offer classes for expectant women and their families. You should aim to complete the classes approximately one month before your due date.
You may sometimes get a stitch-like pain in your side from time to time. It's simply the muscles of the uterus stretching.
the unborn child is covered with a fine, downy hair called lanugo. Its tender skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix. Some of this substance may still be on the child's skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed.
The child practices breathing by inhaling (up to a liter/day) amniotic fluid into developing lungs.
amberc88 - 3.3 hours ago
i have looked up the new hospital on their website and took the virtual tour and i like what i see so far, i do however want to go in person and see it myself and ask any questions i have.
KEE-i know im sooo excited for the every other week visits, i think it makes the last part go even faster!!!
smiles884 - 4.5 hours ago
amber-will you get to go and see the hospital before hand? I think that would really help. kee-glad for you that this is your last glucose testing-hoping it goes well! onbabyfour-i too am hoping the gd is negative, but not feeling very sure about it. it is a pain to take the test, then follow through with all the pricking and monitoring! thank goodness it's only for the last few weeks/months of pregnancy and not the WHOLE time!!
kee82 - 12.1 hours ago
My glucose test is set for the 25th so cant wait to get this over with its also a milestone for me dr said this is my last monthly check up, I will start being seen every 2 weeks so excited that lets me know im getting closer to meeting my only daughter oh n last child lol no more 3 is good....
amberc88 - 16 hours ago
I have my GB test on April 7th. I honestly don't mind it lol I think it tastes like a melted orange otter pop hahahaa. I am however having a hard time with sweets this pregnancy. They make me sick super fast so I may or may not like the juice this time. I also found out I will b delivering at a different hospital than I originally thought. Never been to this new place but the dr said he loves it there and I will like it soo much better. So that's good I guess.
onbabyfour - 21.8 hours ago
I've only gotten 3 pics with all 4 of my kids. And this time I was disappointed cause I only got one good pic. I got one of the back of her head, a profile of the body and head and one face one which is the only good one. I know the baby moved alot and was kind of hiding but still. Smiles I did have one of those colanders with my first. They are cute. And yes, I had gd with my last. IM really hoping I don't this time. It was such a pain!
smiles884 - 1 days ago
amber-that's probably what it is-they see 'the same thing' every day, so they don't even think about how special and important it is to us..thank goodness they aren't all that way! The baby's first year calendars are blank 13 month calendars that you can fill in with firsts and just little memories and most come with stickers. I just received mine from calendars.com Can't wait to start using them!! : ) My glucose test is set for the 28th.. not looking forward to it! : ( I hate that drink lol and I know I shouldn't, but i'm already planning for it to be positive as I had GD last pregnancy.. who else here had GD?
amberc88 - 2 days ago
Kee-it sucks when u get the techs like that. It's like I know this personally means nothing to you and you see these all day but for me this is the only few minutes I get to see of my baby with no for sure answer of when the next time I will get to see him will be. I'm not saying the ultrasound needs to be hours long but I would like to have that time to just see him and love him and enjoy the moment.
kee82 - 2 days ago
Amber c I feel u I have a tech lady thats the same way she takes her time to let us see the baby move and squirm and gives us lots of pics one time she gave us like 12 pics than theirs one tech that moves around so much we can barely see the baby and only gives us 2 pics.
kee82 - 2 days ago
Smiles I never heard of the babys first year calendar, but it sounds cool. I have a baby book that does the first 5 years thats it that I got from babies r us.
onbabyfour - 2 days ago
Amber im glad your ultrasound went we'll! Smiles...is it a calendar of development? I've neverSEen one but that would be cool! I've spent the last couple days doing a lot of chores. No fun. Baby hasn't moved as much last couple days but she does seem to move quite a bit at night. Sometimes I feel like wow im already 6 months and others I think man, like 4 months left! Lol
amberc88 - 2 days ago
hey girls, just got back from my dr appt, and ultrasound, all looks well, had a different ultrasound tech, i didnt really care for her much, she is a get in and out type of person. where as the other girl takes her time, shows you everything and makes sure you leave with a million pics lol. but baby looks good. i have my 3D ultrasound on the 31st. than do my glucose test on april 7th! so excited girls it feels like the end is finally in sight!
smiles884 - 2 days ago
Oh, I found some baby's first year calendar's-they are so cute.. have any of you used them before? I had gotten one for my first son, but it was a freebie and not near as cute as the ones I found for the twins.
smiles884 - 2 days ago
It is a bummer that it's so quiet, but at least can keep up with comments now! So week 24+3... so excited!! seems to have gone quickly and oh so slow at times!
kee82 - 3 days ago
Im still kind of here lol its always dead now it was booming when I joined in 2012
amberc88 - 3 days ago
Onbabyfour- I hear ya. I was on here in 2010 and we always had pages I would have to go through to keep up with all the comments from all the girls. They are all on my Facebook now lol. But this time around seems like its just you, smiles and myself. And an occasional new person. Well we can at least chat it up haha
onbabyfour - 3 days ago
Im disappointed that its so quiet on this site. I was here in 08 & 09 and it was hard to keep up with comments. Its nice to share this experience with those going thru the same things.
littlemamaof3 - 14 days ago
Does anyone elses heels hurt? I feel like the heels of my feet are bruised and it hurts to walk.
littlemamaof3 - 15 days ago
I usually just buy jeans that are a size or two bigger than my regular jeans and wear those instead of maternity pants. As fas a shirts, the new style seems to be looser and baggier so I just buy them also a size bigger. So far I have gained 11 lbs. I am over being prego though. And I keep having dreams that my baby is a boy even though I have been told it is a girl by two different ultrasounds and two different techs. I just have this weird feelingit is a boy, haha!
snowrider54 - 15 days ago
Purple - The one hour test is not a fasting test at my clinic. They suggest eating a normal diet while avoiding sugary things before the test though. The three hour glucose tolerance test is a fasting test and I will refuse to do it this time around if I don't pass the one hour. I know I don't have GD and I'm kind of annoyed that I even have to do the one hour test.
bkle - 16 days ago
I bought some of my mat clothes on ebay :-) and my husband bought me 'fat' girl sweats and I love them :-)
purplelizard270 - 16 days ago
I went shopping today just for maternity clothes. They're outrageous! I feel huge! I've only gained about a lb, but I was looking at pictures from when I was pregnant with my son and I look bigger than I did at 8 months pregnant with him! Some of my maternity shirts I bought two months ago are now wayyyy too tight! Disappointing! :(
terriann20 - 16 days ago
Maternity clothes are so expensive although I purchased a new dress in the NEXT sale for £12 and a pair of leggings for £8 serious bargains and soooooo comfortable I also have 3 pairs of maternity trousers and one pair maternity jeans.. plenty maternity tops to see me through thst a friend gave me as she hadnt worn them so all good im starting to feel really big now even though im not overly big just not use to having a tummy xx
purplelizard270 - 16 days ago
Snowrider, I thought we couldn't eat before the test? Or maybe I don't remember correctly.. Either way I wouldn't eat much at all.. Something very small to hold you over. I definitely don't want to fail! :) is it just me or is maternity clothes entirely too expensive?!
snowrider54 - 16 days ago
Where has everyone been?! It's so quiet around here! I have the dreaded glucose test on Friday. Any suggestions on what to eat for breakfast that day so I have a better chance of passing? I failed the one hour test with my first pregnancy and had to go through the torture of the three hour test. I refuse to do that again! (I passed the one hour test with my second pregnancy though)
terriann20 - 22 days ago
The 16 week countdown begins im so excited and my friend had her baby yesterday so getting really broody now xx
momofour - 36 days ago
Doing great but my back went out! Ughhh a bad back is the worst and when you're pregnant... It's horrible! :(
bkle - 38 days ago
momofour- Indigestion is still bad but ive learned to eat smaller meals and take antacids before and after the meal. How are you?
momofour - 38 days ago
Bkle how are you feeling? Better I hope..
bkle - 42 days ago
non stop indigestion for months! I guess this is what I get for not getting morning sickness ever haha I bought the super size bottle of tums at cosco so hopefully it will last longer then my last bottle.
SamanthaDawn - 43 days ago
I have never got heartburn before this baby. It's not very often, and it's only when I eat too much I'll have heartburn burps where acid comes up and it burns and tastes nasty then the bad feeling won't go away... I guess that's heartburn? It has only happend a few times but I hate it!
elisiaxx - 44 days ago
I am off to 25 weeks tomorrow as well :D
elisiaxx - 44 days ago
Tonight I am feeling so tired, any one else suffering with really bad heart burn that makes them feel sick!?
bkle - 45 days ago
I wish we had warmer weather here haha.
SamanthaDawn - 45 days ago
Ya it's pretty awful when it's -20 and you go outside with wet hair, it instantly freezes. I had a crispy pony tail lol But you just gotta bundle up, run to the car and run inside when you get there it's not so bad. (except for when the fire in my furnace goes out during the night) Standing in my cold basement starting a fire isn't fun. But That's just a part of winter :) I love living in nova scotia canada and getting to enjoy all the 4 seasons. It gets hot here in the summertime and it's nice, but I do complain about the heat... I complain about the cold and snow in winter, The rain in spring and the heat in summer but I really do love it all :) I just like to complain it makes me feel better. but 44 degrees sounds HOT wow I'd be sweatin my butt off at 30 degrees.
aussiemumma084 - 45 days ago
Mummytoharrison - I feel ya on that one. We have had two heat waves so far. It's too hot to do anything. I'm glad it wasn't too bad for Australia Day yesterday so we were able to hang out at the beach. Samanthadawn - I really don't know if I could choose between 44 deg celcius or minus temps in winter lol
SamanthaDawn - 45 days ago
Mummytoharrison-Feeling good today,thanks for asking! :) yesterday I was so tired I could hardley stay awake! (I had to get up at 4:30 AM and go to work as a waitress and served 153 people with only one other waitress helping, (we are also responsible for washing all the dishes and putting them away!) It was tiring! I got home at lunchtime and had the 2 kids to look after. I put on netflix and laid on the couch with them for hours, they were little angels yesterday thank god! But today is great, My kids let me sleep in till 11 :) I can't seem to get enough sleep lately I thought this trimester would bring me energy but it just feels like 1st trimester minus the morning sickness, and replaced with hunger. It's winter here and the weather has been being weird It's freezing cold minus 17 or more some days with snow, and plus 8 with rain some days, which isn't good for my road at all!!! I live on a dirt road and every time the snow melts and it rains the road turns to mud :( I would much rather drive on snow and ice, than mud.
mummytoharrison - 45 days ago
How is everyone feeling? We've got another heatwave coming through here which is great.....when you aren't 24 weeks pg lol
swissmammy3 - 46 days ago
Hello week 24 and happy 6 months pregnant everyone :)
elisiaxx - 46 days ago
I was hit by that the other day lol ;) once I was started I just had to finish
mummytoharrison - 47 days ago
I have been bitten by the housework bug. The one that makes you go through every drawer and cupboard clearing stuff out. I've filled our bins and still have stuff to go out :(
elisiaxx - 47 days ago
Its very quiet in this week :( how is everyone feeling :) I had midwife and everything is going well as it can be :)
SamanthaDawn - 48 days ago
Hey, here I am too! I am so glad we are together in the same 2 weeks as we move along and as I see the weeeks ahead they are EMPTY, with the last comments being weeks and days ago! I'm so glad I'm never alone :)
asiamarie91 - 65 days ago
hey ladies congrats on your pregnancies! If any of you are on facebook there is a group based on this site you can share pics vent and ask questions and best of all make new friends the group is private so nobody on your friends list can see anything you post I was in the 2012 group with my son now I am in the IAP Mamas group 2014 due in February with my little girl https://www.facebook.com/groups/151956348325379/
templingirl - 65 days ago
Christine: I will also follow you on your FB page, what a neat idea! Im a member of two IAP facebook groups because this site is so slow and dead most of the time. You should join them! (Bellies 2014, IAP Mamas 2014)
brie(blue) - 74 days ago
Hi Christine I just liked your Facebook page. Your pregnancy is such a miracle! Thank you for allowing us to follow your incredible journey.
christinejo86 - 75 days ago
I cant believe I made it to 24 weeks!!! This is the first goal we had for our pregnancy. The next major goal is 26 weeks. So far so good tho . No contractions, and my cervix is still long. I started a facebook page a while back to keep people updated on my quadruplet pregnancy, I update it more so if any one is intrested it is adventuresofthenevingers
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