Friday, May 4, 2007

12 week update and an OB visit

Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head. Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen, though you still won't be able to feel her movement for several weeks.

So that's the baby update on the growth front. The OB appointment showed to babies with great heartbeats - Baby A had a hr of 167 and Baby B had a hr of 178. My blood pressure is still nice and low (yay for 112/70). However, I need to gain more weight. In 12 weeks, I've gained 2 pounds. By 24 weeks, I should have gained 24 pounds total. So, in 12 weeks I need to gain about 22 pounds. Except that I'm eating all the time. I thought I had gained at least 5 pounds. I need recipes that are high protein. So if you have a good recipe with a lot of calories in it, please email it to me! Apparently, I need it (who ever thought I'd be trying to GAIN weight!?) Worry not about the babies though. They're highly effective little parasites. :)

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