Saturday, March 15, 2008

14 Weeks

This is day number 98 and I am 14 weeks pregnant!
I have 182 days or 26 weeks left, and I am 35.0% of the way there.

Welcome to the second trimester!

This week's big developments:
The baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck it's thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, it's facial muscles are getting a workout as it's tiny features form one expression after another. It's kidneys are producing urine, which it releases into the amniotic fluid around it — a process it keep up until birth.

In other news:
The baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, it measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and it weighs 1 1/2 ounces. It's body's growing faster than it's head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, it's arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of it's body. (it's legs still have some lengthening to do.) It's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over it's body. The baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and it's spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can't feel it's tiny punches and kicks yet, the little ones hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

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