Aug 05 2008

19 weeks

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! I’m another week pregnant–19 weeks today.

If you saw my last post, you saw my belly pop out. It’s still there! It looks different throughout the day though. Sometimes it’s a little smaller or bigger. My belly button is already going crazy and is getting more shallow.

I went to the OB today and found out that I have gained some weight! I’m at 134.25. I’m close to my pre-pregnancy weight (it was 136). I’ve got about 19-23 weeks to gain 25 or so pounds. I’ll do my best! I sort of feel like a wrestler, how they have to gain or lose weight in a short time.

I think I will stay with my OB instead of switching to a midwife. Even though I’m really concerned about unnecessary interventions, with baby #1 I think I might be more comfortable with having a surgeon attending the birth. I don’t expect anything to go wrong, but I’ve read enough scary stories to freak me out about all the “what ifs.” I guess I just feel more at peace with sticking with what I’ve got this time around.

However, I am going to hire a doula to help us through the labor and delivery. I’m still researching them, but studies have shown that when doulas are present, labor is easier on the parents and less interventions are needed. I feel like having her around will lower our stress levels considerably. She’ll be with us for the entire thing, versus labor & delivery nurses who are there for 8 or 12-hour shifts.

I found out that I’ll be needing another ultrasound, since the technician didn’t have a good view of his heart during the last one. Nothing to worry about–he was just laying in a funny position and you could only see so much. I’m excited! I’ll get to see my little boy again in 3-4 weeks.

What BabyCenter.com has to say
(this snippet has girl pronouns, but I’m changing them all cuz we know he’s a boy!)

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, taking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom —about the size of a large heirloom tomato.
His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.


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