Showing posts from July, 2014

Week 23


How far along:23 weeks.

How big is baby: a large mango.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs a little more than 500g and measures about 29cm from crown to heel. His hearing is established and around now he may be able to make out a distorted version of your voice, the beating of your heart and your stomach rumblings.

When your baby is born, loud noises he has often heard in the uterus (womb), such as the barking of a dog or the roar of a vacuum cleaner, probably won't bother him.

Some people swear by the theory that unborn babies prefer classical music. So in the coming months you could put on relaxing Bach or Mozart for his enjoyment – and yours!

In addition to advances in your baby's hearing, his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing. And as he gets bigger you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes!

As for you, you may feel clumsy now that your centre of gravity has shifted. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and your …

Week 22

Comparison of my 5 month pregnant belly in my first pregnancy (on the left) and my second (on the right). And my belly progression from weeks 19 through 22. Filling out below the navel!

How far along:22 weeks.

How big is baby: a spaghetti squash.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs almost 430g, measures about 28cm long from crown to heel. Your baby's legs aren't curled up so tightly to her tummy now. This means she can be measured from the top of her head to her heels, instead of her bottom. She is proportioned like a newborn, albeit a thinner version since her baby fat hasn't yet developed.

Although she's getting heavier every day, her skin still appears wrinkled and translucent because she needs to gain more weight. Her lips are distinct and her eyes are formed, though the coloured part (the iris) still lacks pigment. The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily.

Even this early, the first signs of teeth appear in…

Week 21

Sorry for the late post, busy weekend and then i got sick. Only just managed to take the photos this morning at 21+5.


How far along:21 weeks.

How big is baby: a banana.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 360g and is about 27cm long. Your baby's eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed, and he can now blink. If you’re having a boy, testes will descend from the pelvis into the scrotum in the coming weeks.

If you've started to feel your baby's movements, you can look forward to more action in the coming weeks. You may soon feel like she's practising martial arts, as her initial fluttering movements turn into fully-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.

You're probably feeling quite comfortable these days. This, in fact, may be the most enjoyable time in your pregnancy. You're not too big yet, and the usual aches and pains associated with pregnancy like nausea, frequent ur…

Hearty chorizo and ravioli soup

This was inspired by a recipe i saw in the Women's Weekly while waiting for my ultrasound. I read it through and tried to remember it, but forgot parts so had to make it up. It's fairly simple but really tasty.

1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 sticks celery, chopped 1 tsp crushed garlic (or 1 clove) 1 chorizo sausage (about 200g), sliced 1 420g tin diced tomatoes 1 litre chicken stock 1 tin cannellini beans 1 zucchini, chopped into 2cm chunks 1 1/2 cups ravioli (your choice of filling, i used roast chicken and garlic) 1 cup frozen peas 160g baby spinach leaves grated parmesan or romano, to serve
Fry the onion, carrots and celery in a little oil until starting to soften, then add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds before adding the chorizo. Cook until chorizo starts to curl at the edges (about 5 minutes), then add the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and add the cannelloni beans and zucchini. Simmer for 5 minutes (zucchini should be …

Week 20 - halfway!

Definite round belly starting here! For comparison purposes, here's week 7 next to week 20. You can see the extra weight on my thighs and boobs, my arm, and possibly a little on my back above my butt?


How far along:20 weeks.

How big is baby: a small cantaloupe.

What is baby doing this week: Up until now your baby has been measured from crown to rump but from this point on the measurement will be from crown to heel – and this week she is about 26cm long and is steadily gaining weight. A whitish coat of a slick, fatty substance called vernix caseosa begins to cover your baby, protecting her skin during its long immersion in amniotic fluid. It also eases birth. Your baby's swallowing more this week, good practice for her digestive system. After your baby takes in amniotic fluid, her body absorbs the water in the liquid and moves the rest into her large bowel. In her bowel, a sticky by-product of her digestive system, called meconium, accumulates. It'll appear in her first…

Anatomy scan

I've taken a little while to write this up. I think i built it up a bit much with the hope that we'd have a pigeon pair family, and when that fell through it took me a few days to get used to the idea.

So yes, we are now team blue and are having a second BOY! We are happy to have another gorgeous healthy boy, but sad that we will never have a daughter. I told my online mothers group and those who had also ended up with two of the same told me they understood my disappointment in not having one of each, but encouraged positivity by telling me that now they had two of the same they wouldn't change it as the siblings developed such a close bond and really played well together, having similar interests. And, the world can always do with two more wonderful, kind, gentlemanly men. So i'm looking at that as the positive and gradually i can look at pigeon pair families as i walk around the shops and not feel sad. And, because i'm starting into photography, i can make gorge…

Placenta accreta update

At my 12 week NT scan, the sonographer noted that i had an anterior placenta. I asked her at that point if she could see if it was clear of my c section scar, but she said they couldn't tell at that stage as the uterus was still small (i got the impression the placenta was covering most of the front!). She said they would be able to tell more at my anatomy scan.

I've just had the anatomy scan, and my placenta is classed as low-lying, 15mm from the cervical os - thank goodness it's not covering it. She and the doctor said in 95% of cases, by about 32-34 weeks it's moved well away from the cervix. While the placenta doesn't actually move, the lower segment of the  uterus doesn't develop fully until later in the third trimester which effectively 'moves' the placenta by increasing the space between it's edge and the os, and this is why they recommend another scan at that time to ensure it's away from the cervix. I think in 0.5% of cases the lower se…

Week 19

A definite increase in my belly size from last week. I've noticed that the skin over my belly piercing has become quite tight the last week or so, i think it's time to find my pregnancy navel ring and swap them over. Boobs have settled down in size for now, i think all those extra kilos have gone onto my thighs. Sob.


How far along:19 weeks.

How big is baby: an heirloom tomato (i don't think we get those in Aus, at least not ones that would be bigger than last week's sweet potato).

What is baby doing this week: You're halfway there! The top of your uterus (womb) now reaches your belly button and will grow about a centimetre a week. Your baby measures about 14.2cm long from crown to rump and weighs about 240g.

She is swallowing amniotic fluid, and her kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on her scalp is sprouting, too. Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses – taste, smell, hearing, seeing and touch – are develop…