Thursday, September 16, 2010

16 weeks

I'm so glad I have this blog, because without it I don't know that I would ever take the time to look up what's going on with baby #4! I probably would, but I wouldn't remember any of it by the next day!!

At this point of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 4.3 to 4.6 inches long and weighs 2.8 ounces. Not only is your baby growing, your uterus and placenta continue to grow to accommodate the growing baby inside of you! Just six weeks ago, your uterus weighed about 5 ounces. This week it now weighs 8.75 ounces! The amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby is increasing and there is about 7.5 ounces of fluid. You will easily be able to feel your uterus approximately three inches below your navel.
Your milk glands start production at this time and this causes some tenderness and swelling in early pregnancy. Your veins will become more visible because there is an increased amount of blood flowing to the breasts.
Five and a half inches tall and only six ounces in weight. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

At this time, your baby is holding her head erect. Because her muscles are developing, she can make some faces now. Your baby is able to squint, frown and open its mouth. There is enough calcium in the bones that they will show up on an x-ray. Your baby's fingernails are well formed now and the legs are longer than the arms. Because your baby is moving well now, you may begin to feel his movements! Some women say that the early movements feel like gas bubbles or a slight flutter. If you have not yet felt the baby move, don't worry. Fetal movements are usually felt between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.

You may feel your heart beating 'louder'. This is because there is a lot more blood in your body than normal. (about 20-25% more).

I feel good, unless I'm short on sleep. Then I feel nauseous all day. I'm more tired than I remember in my previous pregnancies at this point, but I have three kids. And I'm still nursing one of them! I have gained 6 lbs. I have developed severely itchy skin on my abdomen and legs, which is driving me NUTS! If I use a heavy duty moisturizer every 2-4 hours, the itch is only a 4/10. Any longer than that, and it is a 8/10.
I googled it, and emailed my mom. I'm pretty sure it's PUPPP but will ask my midwife when I see her next week what she thinks, and if she has any treatments for it. If it is PUPPP, it's benign. My mom had a liver condition of pregnancy called Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy which is more dangerous, and I was worried it was that! But I'm pretty sure it's not. I don't have itchy hands or feet, and it's relieved by the heavy duty moisturizer (somewhat). But it's driving me CRAZY!

It's a pain to roll over at night because I have to rearrange pillows. Fortunately Riley is now sleeping through the night fairly regularly, until about 6:30 or 7:00 most mornings. So although he's sometimes in the way in our bed, most of the time he's not. My back hurts sometimes, but nothing terribly overwhelming. I hardly even have heartburn! But I DO have painful Braxton Hicks contractions, frequently. I'm thinking I need to start taking some calcium supplements but I keep forgetting to buy them.

That's it! That's the update. Oh yes, and lately I've been really, really wanting a girl. I didn't care before, but now I do. I keep stressing over wanting to go have an ultrasound JUST so I can find out if its a boy or girl. WHY? So weird. I want a surprise! But suddenly I'm just wanting to know either way and get the suspense over with. Gah.


Ali said...

I feel for you with the itchy belly. Mine drove me nuts and lotion helped a bit. Other than that, it was 'wait til the baby is out and then it will go away'...didn't love hearing that one.
(from louise's friend ali)

Louise Chapman said...

I had it with Kai. Had an extremely ugly red rash all over my belly and it was unbearably itchy. I was put on steroids for it (hmm...or was it antibiotics, it was 4.5 years ago:). It does go away with treatment!

Louise Chapman said...

PS I'm assuming you're not into taking steroids for it...let me know if there is an alternate treatment! I had to take it because I couldn't even go to work or sleep with it, it was that uncomfortable/painful/itchy.

Tonya said...

I had cholestasis w/ Seth. Great website for it: Sorry to hear about the itching. SO STINKING ANNOYING.

jenna said...

hey, i know you want a surprise, but with my 3rd after already having 2 girls, knowing #3 was my last, I really wanted to know.
I wish I had've known.
You are probably better at surprises than I am.

lori said...


I am soaking in your baby love with a contented smile on my face.

Grow little Vose. Grow!