Sunday, March 09, 2014

Bumpdate @ 17 Weeks


Heard Baby's Heartbeat! Smitten!


It's been a good week! I went to see the midwife on Monday and she was happy with my progress. I've not heard back about any bugs in my water sample, my blood pressure is fine, and I got to hear my baby's heart beat for the first time!

It's such an amazing thing... and it never feels any less amazing for this not being my first baby! I was really impressed that my midwife found it instantly (sometimes they can be tricky to find) and we had a lovely long listen to the "wow-ow-wow-ow-wow-ow".

I told her that I hadn't had my appointment through from the hospital yet and she said she would get straight onto it for me because they should have sent it out, she was up at the hospital that afternoon so she would make sure it got done. I love my midwives!

Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week:

Your baby weighs about 5.25 ounces (150g) and now measures 5 to 5.6 inches (12.5 to 14cm) from crown to rump. He is practicing breathing by gulping amniotic fluid into its lungs. This helps the lung's development so they will function at birth. Your baby may also be sucking his thumb. Meconium is present in your baby's bowels. There is hair present on your baby's scalp and sweat glands are developing. Your baby is becoming more sensitive to the outside world and is moving around, kicking and punching. As there is still plenty of space in your uterus, your baby can move around a lot, sitting cross-legged, reclining or even turning somersaults! He can probably hear by now as the ossicles (the bones that pass sound to the inner ear) have hardened and the portion of the brain that receives signals from the brain is under development. Your baby is getting used to the sound of your heartbeat and blood passing through the umbilical cord, but may be startled by loud noises. Your baby is aware of some things in the outside world, including sounds and light. If you let the sun shine on your belly, your baby may be able to perceive a warm red glow.
Hoping I get that consultants appointment through soon, and also hoping that I start to feel my little Bean move soon!




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