It's "V" Day!
This is a MASSIVE milestone! 24 weeks pregnant is considered "viable" which basically means that now, should anything horrible happen to me or baby that meant I went into labour early or labour had to be induced, then there is a good chance that - with medical assistance - baby would survive! Prior to this point anything like that wouldn't be helped as the baby would not be considered likely to live even with medical help.
Biiiiiiiig sigh of relief!
Now I feel like I can start to buy things for baby, and for myself for the hospital. I am eyeing up pretty new holdalls since the suitcase I have used in the past is getting a bit tatty, and I have little else to spend money on once the nesting kicks in. I think I'll choose a nice, pretty bag, and slowly over the next few weeks start to buy bits'n'bobs to go in it (like maternity pads, travel sized toiletries etc).
I'm still getting loads of kicks in the evenings, and even through the day sometimes if I sit down for a moment. Baby also goes nuts when I'm cooking - maybe my bump is a little too close to the oven? Shame I can't get some longer arms!
Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week:
16 weeks till due date!
Your baby now weighs around 1.5 lbs (700g), and measures about 8.8 inches (22cm) from crown to rump, but this varies from baby to baby. Your doctor should be able to hear your baby's heartbeat, using a stethoscope or Doppler ultrasound device. If your partner puts his ear right on your belly in the right position, he might even be able to hear it unaided if there is no background noise. Your baby sleeps and wakes in a more regular pattern now. You may notice that your baby is particularly active when you are resting. The center of your baby's bones are beginning to harden. If your baby is a boy, the testes will start to descend into the scrotum now. If your baby is a girl, the vagina will begin to hollow out and mature now. Your baby can make a fist now and may already have a preference for the right or left hand. With modern medical technology, your baby would have a chance to survive if it were born now.
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