Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Week 15

I am 15 weeks today!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 15:fetus in fourth month Your nearly four-inch long gymnast is happily mobile inside your womb and if you're really lucky, you’ll notice a point when your sneezing, coughing or laughing results in a little kick here or a poke there. Still, many women don't feel anything until the 17th week or later. Although the poking and kicking isn't very charming during sleeping hours, it’s a good sign as it means your baby is actually reacting to outside events. Yay! You’ve got yourself one active healthy baby! Their little elbows and knees are bending more freely this week and their little legs are finally growing longer than their arms and getting pumped up for prenatal Richard Simmons. Many of their major organ systems are increasing in capacity—particularly that amazing tiny heart and complex circulation system, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day, and will increase to a very impressive 200 quarts per day by the end of the pregnancy. As far as hair goes, we’ve got some new scalp patterns beginning to develop on the head, although actual head hair is not yet present.

And how's mom doing? Have your cheeks been rosier lately? (No, no, no-- we’re asking about your face.) Are you feeling especially radiant? This famed “glow” is brought to you courtesy of the pregnancy fairy who has waved her magical “rosy tinge wand” over you. Seriously though, your body is experiencing an increase in be aware that increased blood flow might cause your blood vessels to expand, resulting in a series of not-so-magical nosebleeds blood flow and you probably do have flushed skin and cheeks. Just be aware that increased blood flow might cause your blood vessels to expand, resulting in a series of not-so-magical nosebleeds for some women, which although perfectly normal, are a bit gory if you’ve got a day job. If you find the nosebleeds especially irritable, consider purchasing a humidifier to ward off future nose bleeds. Also, do your best to avoid irritants, such as aerosols, smoke, and dust.. Even though the placenta is regulating your babe’s hormones, you are still producing additional estrogen, which often causes swelling of the mucosa membranes, leaving you with a stuffy nose—potentially throughout the duration of the pregnancy. These are just a few of the charming physical experiences you can chalk up to the pregnancy fairy!

How am I feeling?
  • wow-that is very accurate! Every day after band my face is so red and flushed! Also, humidifier has been purchased and I use it every night! I feel like I constantly have a cold or some sort of allergies.
  • I noticed I am much more irritable at school without having my 8 cups of coffee a morning. It is like the littlest things will set me off and I really hate it! I just don't have the patience I used to have. I hope this is only temporary and maybe someone related to the stress of our concert being next week!
  • At my next appointment I get to schedule the *big* ultrasound! Wow!
  • Today I am going to announce the big news at school. I'm pretty sure lots of people already know, but I brought some yummy treats to school to celebrate. Unfortunately HyVee at a very limited selection at 7a.m. So much cupcakes have either Dora the Explorer or Elmo. I figured, hey, they will probably still taste the same!

1 comment:

  1. Oh no- I hope you don't have to feel sick all the time! (I didn't know that pregnant women got nosebleeds- pregnancy is so weird! I don't know how people can not even know that they are pregnant!)


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