Hi there mom,
What grows 10,000 times its size in just over a month? That’d be me. I’m now about the size of a blueberry, and my head is growing big time – I’ve got to get that mighty brain of mine working after all. Meanwhile, my mouth, tongue, hands, arms, legs and feet are all forming. Before you know it, I’ll be sticking out my tongue and running away from you (okay, maybe not – we’ve got at least a year or two to go before that happens). Those facial features that started forming last week are even more realized. My eyelids are starting to take shape, my eyes are getting a bit of color, and my nose is starting to bud. My liver, pancreas and appendix are also beginning to grow.
Meanwhile, don’t look now…but I’m pretty sure your breasts have grown over the last little bit. Many moms-to-be report going up an entire cup size or two during their pregnancy, which might be kind of awesome, if only your breasts weren’t so darn tender. If you’re wondering why they’re all kinds of sensitive, it’s because while I’m busy growing in your tummy, your breasts are undergoing some changes of their own as they become primed to become milk factories for breastfeeding. It’s a big responsibility, and your body’s kicking things into high gear now so you’ll be ready. Other things that have increased this week? Your need to hit the bathroom – whether for peeing or vomiting (sorry!) Morning sickness is typically in full swing by week 7, although you can expect to find relief in a few weeks time, usually no later than week 14. As for the urinating? That’s the result of extra blood volume and the need to process more fluids through your kidneys.
Typically it’s about this time that you’ll pay or plan a visit to your prenatal doctor. Before you go, sit down and think about or write down all of the questions you’d like to ask. Nothing is too silly or strange. And remember, your doctor’s advice is way better than anything you’ll find on the Internet. Also, be prepared to share a full medical history. If you can, ask your parents (and my dad’s parents) about any history of pregnancy complications or genetic diseases. The more your doctor knows, the better they’ll be able to watch for warning signs of possible issues.
Things are getting exciting! I love the idea that, “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang (Chinese Writer)