14 Weeks Along

Today I start my second trimester. Wow! Hard to believe it’s already been 3 months. The blessings with not having to experience morning sickness in the first trimester is that you hardly realize your pregnant at all. Yes, I was tired and sometimes found myself starving at random times of the day, but that’s not really out of the ordinary. The second trimester is when you start gaining weight and feel ligament pain as your hips spread, feel the baby kick and hiccup, experience the BIG ultrasound where you actually see a baby in your tummy (not some alien creature), start thinking of baby names now that you know if it’s a boy or girl (if you asked to find out), and your husband can start bonding too because he can also feel baby kicks. It all becomes more real for sure. I love this stage!


How your baby’s growing:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

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