Saturday, January 24, 2009

What's going on in there - 13-weeks pregnant (going on 14)

I wake up almost nightly with questions/fears/and excitement. I'm nearing the end of my 13th week of pregnancy. Two days ago I went in for my checkup and heard the hearts beating which was really reassuring (they sound like little drummers - Matt is pleased).

So here's what's going on in there from one of the experts (it's kind of gross and I'm happy to be quoting and not chronicling for you) - What to Expect When your Expecting:
As the first trimester comes to a close, your baby's about the size of peach, though you may not be feeling too peachy about your sex life right now.
When it comes to sex during pregnancy, anything goes. You may feel hotter than ever while your husband is feeling anything but. Or, he may be entranced by your ripening breasts and belly, but his eager eyes (and hands) are just about the last things you want to feel on your body right now. This is all normal and it's likely to change (and maybe change again) as you get closer to delivery. Whether you're getting any action down there — and even if you're not — there's still certainly lots going on in your nether regions. You may start to notice leukorrhea, a thin, mild-smelling milky vaginal discharge that protects the birth canal from infection and keeps the bacteria in your vagina in a healthy balance. (Okay, now do you feel sexy?) This harmless discharge is likely to increase in the coming weeks, so keep plenty of panty liners in stock. What's up with your baby? Well, that big old noggin is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length. By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. In other news, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen, and the vocal chords are well under construction (the first step toward one day saying, "I love you, Mommy!")

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