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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Friday, September 17

18 weeks

How your baby's growing: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces.
She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. [definitely feeling something!] Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, [I would beg to differ on "final resting place" because Finn's weren't in the "right" spot until weeks after he was born. I'm just sayin'] although they're still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, [unless you live under a rock, you know that we ARE!!] her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.

How your life's changing: Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets) [so you're telling me the Monster Cookies I made last night are out?!?!]. Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow. [time to get the maternity clothes out, I guess. I've been living in four or five things. Oops!]

Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. [uh, oh, mine is already super lower...hope it doesn't stop all together...ha, ha!] Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.

From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.


kborn said...

I slept on my back pretty much the whole pregnancy. Even now Vince prefers to be on his side that I slept on most frequently.

And I have clothes for your maternity wardrobe. You can either look at them when you come visit or take them all home. I may have some good in-between stuff that may be nice for your Florida vacation.

Stacy Thomas said...

That would be great. Sounds like we are going to try to make Sunday some time work.