Phew! 18 weeks of pregnancy behind me, 22 weeks in front of me! I can’t believe how fast the time is going!
This week, June Bug enters his/her time of greatest activity! He/she’s kicking/moving/punching/rolling up a storm in the warmth and safety of my uterus, and I can feel it! I’m feeling more and more movement every day, and not only am I feeling more of it, it’s also getting more defined. I’m feeling pokes/kicks several times a day now along with the rolling/tickling feelings. It’s truly the most incredible feeling in the world!June Bug is around 5.5 inches long and weighs about 7 oz (that’s a half a pound!). Apparently my placenta weighs another 7 oz, my uterus weighs 11 oz, the amniotic fluid weighs another 11 oz, and each breast weighs an extra 7 oz. So that’s … carry the two … almost 4 lbs from baby/baby related paraphenelia. Hmm … I wonder what’s happening with the other 9 or 10 lbs! Pads have begun to form on June Bug’s fingers and fingerprints are beginning to take shape! His/her bowel is also beginning to accumulate meconium (the first stool passed). At my midwife appointment, my uterus was one finger-breadth (about 2 cm) below my belly button and June Bug’s heart rate was 140 bpm. I don’t think June Bug likes the doppler though – the student midwife kept losing the heartbeat and having to chase him/her around to find it!
Here’s this week’s belly pic … I can’t believe how big it’s getting! People are definitely starting to notice and ask before I even tell them I’m pregnant. What fun!