Monday, March 9, 2009

17 weeks, the turnip has bones!

From Baby Center
"How your baby's growing: Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop."

And then below is how my bod "should" be changing:
  • off balance? no
  • dry eyes? um, i'm blinking. as long as i blink, no.
  • seat belt adjustment: oh, yeah, makes sense, totally hadn't thought of that yet.
  • shorter shoes: makes me want to buy something that has a heal. cause i really don't wear anything with heels lately. maybe i should while i can!

Some of my pants are a bit tighter on the belly. so if i gorge myself on food (which is, as before, at every meal and sometime in between) things get a big snug.

And yeah, I should be avoiding trauma to the belly. This am I jumped on the bed to wake Ross up — some mornings I have more patience than others — and I kinda belly dropped on his knee. He said: "Umph. Oh. Oh my god."

I said: "Umph. Sorry. Oh shit, did we just kill the kid?"

Below: more about what my body should be doing.

How your life's changing: Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.

You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.

An easy way to keep track of the nutrients you need "I made a simple chart of the basic food groups and posted it on the refrigerator. At the end of the day, I checked off what I had eaten. Then, for my bedtime snack, I tried to pick something that would fulfill whatever category was lacking — yogurt (or a bowl of ice cream!) if I needed more dairy, for example, or an orange if I needed more fruit." — Anonymous

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