Saturday, February 7, 2009

The day my belly popped: week 15

I'm not 15.5 weeks pregnant and it's really sinking in. On Tuesday my belly "popped" and now it looks like I ate too much lunch all the time. It's a weird in-betweener phase where I kind of look pregnant and kind of just look full - funny. Tomorrow I have a photo shoot for the store I'm an Ambassador for and last night we did a fitting. It was a bit funny - all the clothes are spandex so they really exentuate the bump. I dig it.

So what's going on in there?

This is from Childbirth Solutions:


Week #15 (27 to go!)

  • Ever feel as though your heart would just burst with love for your little one? Well, the truth is that your heart has enlarged in order to handle your increased blood volume. It is now pumping out 20% more blood than it did before your pregnancy.

  • The top of your uterus (the fundus) is now half way between your pubic bone and belly button. It is easily felt and your care provider will use its position to check the progress of your pregnancy, measuring the distance from the top of your pubic bone to the top of the fundus.

  • One in every 50 pregnant women will be carrying multiples. That is twice the number of a generation ago. Signs that you might be carrying twins will include:
    • A larger than expected belly.
    • A faster weight gain.
    • A fundal height greater than half way to your belly button.
    • More than one fetal heart beat.

  • If your care provider suspects twins, she may suggest a sonogram to confirm.

  • More information about how the multiple miracle comes about can be found at: How Multiples are Formed and Twins: Some Things to Consider


  • The baby can probably hear now and is comforted by the sound of your heartbeat and your voice. Encourage your loved ones to talk to the baby and let her know how much she is loved already.

  • Colorless eyebrows and eyelashes have now appeared and the hair on the head is getting thicker.

  • Speaking of hair, a very fine down, known as lanugo is now covering the baby's entire body. Most of this will disappear before her birth.

  • The baby's heart is pumping the equivalent of about 25 quarts of blood a day.

  • The scalp hair pattern is developing. If you could see it you would already be able to tell if he got Daddy's cowlick.
Here's what one of the babies would look like (from Baby Centre):

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