...and the Second Trimester begins...
Well, this week both baby websites that I reference agree on the type of fruit that our baby is. It's a lemon. Yay! It still sounds small until you realize that our baby is approximately 3 1/2 inches long.
Here's what Baby Center says about this week:
"This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active."
This past week, week 13, I've had some interesting cases of sickness. On Thursday I got sick on the side of the road after taking some vitamins. Then Saturday, I passed out after hopping up off the couch too quickly. The rest of the day I was nauseous and throwing up. Sunday I ate mainly liquids and since then I've been trying to guard my food intake. Today, I had lunch up at the Seminary with Kyle, but had to leave shortly afterwards due to nausea and feeling like I was going to be sick again. I had taken vitamins again with a meal and then the smell of the cafe cooking food increased my nausea. It's been interesting because during my first trimester I was mainly sick during the evenings with some during the day and the last couple of weeks it's been getting better. However, this week it seems to be coming back a lot. Also, I hadn't thrown up my whole pregnancy, except the first week during a stomach bug, until this week. I guess I'm not to the "blissful honeymoon stage" of the pregnancy yet that most women enjoy.
I decided to research morning sickness during the second trimester to see if it was normal for it to increase like this after it had decreased. I found some helpful ideas to manage the sickness:
"There are things that you can do to help combat your nausea during the second trimester. You should avoid foods that are high in fats, especially foods that are high in saturated fats. You should also avoid foods that have strong smells, as the strong smells can sometimes trigger nausea. You should try to eat small, frequent meals and snacks to keep from being either too full or hungry. You can use crackers or rice cakes to help combat nausea. You might have some success, as some women have had, with motion sickness wrist bands.
In some cases, if your nausea persists into the second trimester, it can indicate a problem that isn't directly related to pregnancy. For example, many women become nauseous due to the iron content in prenatal vitamins. For others, nausea can just be a sign of dehydration. If you can identify what exactly is causing your nausea during the second trimester, you will have much better luck at combating it." - Source
Here's another link:
Nausea and vomiting in the second trimester.
Hopefully after another week or two the nausea will start going away again, but until then I'll be resting a lot and giving my body time to adjust to this growing baby. :-) It'll all be worth it when sweet Baby Roland shows up Thanksgiving week!
Here are some pictures of my growing tummy. Still not too big yet but we've really noticed my tummy firming up quite a bit this week!