Thursday, May 12, 2011

First Ultrasound and Development 9-11 Weeks

We had our first doctors' visit on April 15th. It was our first ultrasound, and the first time seeing the heartbeat. Phil was a little overwhelmed during the "physical" portion of the exam. I looked at him a few times and he looked like a deer in headlights. I'm not exactly sure what he thought happened at the OBGYN, but I'm pretty sure he got a lot of clarity during this visit...

Anyways, here is our little peanut at approx. 8 weeks!!! 

Weekly Updates from Women's Health:

At 9 weeks, "your baby is between 22 and 30 mm long, (that's about an inch) or about the size of a large grape. By now, most of the aspects of your baby's physical structure, such as head, arms, legs, and torso are in place."
My symptoms at 9 weeks were: "you may notice that you feel more bloated and lethargic than ever before. You may notice an increase in weight gain, which may be more associated with fluid retention than actual weight."  The main thing I noticed in the 9th week was FATIGUE and SICKNESS...a little bloating, but not that bad. 

At 10 weeks, "your baby (now the size of a prune) has small indentations on his legs (soon to be knees and ankles), and his tiny arms even have elbows that bend. Inside that little mouth, tiny buds of baby teeth are forming under the gums. His stomach and kidneys are kicking into gear, producing digestive juices and urine, and if it's a boy, his testes are making testosterone."

My sympotms at 10 weeks were: Fatigue, Nausea and vomiting, Food cravings (meat, specifically hamburgers and cereal), Food aversions (raw green peppers, pasta, and shrimp), heartburn, headaches (which I rarely got before), and lower abdominal achiness.  Doesn't pregnancy sound fun???? 

At 11 weeks, "your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, fingernails, and ovaries (if she's a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of her body, with ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet)."

My symptoms at 11 weeks were:  ALL of week 10 symptoms PLUS frequent urination, bloating and constipation (TMI, I know, but apparently this is very common).  If you weren't jealous after week 10's symptoms, I'm sure you are now. 

Our next doctor's appointment is tomorrow!  Can't wait to see how much our little baby has grown!

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