today in history …

IMG_5978 Today is officially 5 weeks! Yippee! I know it’s going to sound paranoid, but I needed to make sure the bubble was still in there. So … I did another pregnancy test. Yep, no need to worry because it’s still there! Whew! When you don’t feel a whole lot and you’ve had months of “issues” to begin with, it’s hard to believe everything’s okay. Besides, I did the first two on the same day. Okay, still paranoid. I get it!

Note: I’m confused. I go to two sites and it tells me I’m 6 weeks, and the third tells me I’m 5. Hold on; let me think. Okay, so I’ve been a full five weeks, and this is the beginning of the 6th. Whatever; this time, I’ll post what they post.

So here’s what’s happening as of now … 5 weeks. BTW, I also added a “from me …” feature, so this is my view on things! Not too exciting now, but I’m sure things will be come more interesting as time passes and this journey gets closer to the end!

from me …

Not a whole lot! I’m nauseous in the car and after eating from time to time, “the girls” are getting massive and feel like they weigh 15 lbs. each (Sorry, TMI.), I’ve been spending more time on the porcelain pony than I’m used to (Sorry, TMI again.), and I could use a nap at times, but otherwise, life is good! Don’t worry, I’m loving it now while I can! I know the fun is on its way! Ha ha ha!

from ivillage …

You are 6 Weeks Pregnant!

What’s happening with you:
Feeling positively ill? Does the smell of coffee make you want to dash for the bathroom? If so, it sounds like morning sickness. Nausea affects one third to one half of all pregnant women and usually abates by the start of the second trimester. It may be caused by a higher level of estrogen, as well as the rapid expansion of the uterus. But wait, there is some good news: Studies show that morning sickness may be related to a slightly lower risk of miscarriage. (Please don’t worry if you are feeling perfectly fine. Count your blessings!)

What’s happening with your baby:
Your baby’s length is now about 3 to 5 millimeters — about the size of a peppercorn! The brain is forming three separate parts: the forebrain (memory and reasoning), the midbrain (translates messages from the brain to organs and limbs) and the hindbrain (regulates breathing and muscle movement). At this point the embryo is now three-dimensional and completely enclosed in the amniotic sac.

Your baby’s heart is now beating and blood circulation is evident. The kidneys and liver are growing fast, and the neural tube, which connects the brain with the spinal cord, closes.

The placenta is rapidly developing, however, it will not take over hormone production until about week 12.

from babycenter …

Your pregnancy: 5 weeks

How your baby’s growing:
Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He’s now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby’s muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.

How your life’s changing:
You may notice some pregnancy-related discomforts already. Many women report sore breasts, fatigue, and frequent urination starting in the early weeks. You may also have nausea, though it’s more likely to show up in the coming weeks.

The outside world won’t see any sign of the dramatic developments taking place inside you — except that you’re turning down that glass of wine with dinner, perhaps. It’s important to avoid alcohol throughout your pregnancy since no one knows exactly how much — or how little — alcohol can harm a developing baby.

You’ll also want to continue or start an exercise routine. Exercise helps you develop the strength and endurance you’ll need to manage the extra weight you’ll be carrying. It may help prevent some of the aches and pains of pregnancy, and many women find that it’s a great stress-reducer. Exercise can also help you get ready for the physical rigors of labor.

Finally, it’s easier to bounce back after you give birth if you’ve continued some form of exercise throughout pregnancy. Choose a safe, moderately vigorous activity you enjoy. Walking and swimming are fine choices for pregnant women.

from whattoexpect …

Week 6 of Pregnancy: Frequent Urination
Frequent urination is a symptom no pregnant woman enjoys (especially when it breaks up the sleep you really need right now) but one that most pregnant woman experience, especially early on.

Though no one around you could possibly tell (unless you’ve already blabbed the big news), you’re definitely pregnant. Need more confirmation? You’ll be reminded that you’re six weeks pregnant every time you feel queasy, or bloated — or dive head-first into your sixth grapefruit of the day (funny, because you never liked grapefruit before). Another clue? You’re in the bathroom more than you’re out of it. When you gotta go, you gotta go — and these days (and nights) you gotta go all the time.

Frequent urination is a symptom no pregnant woman enjoys (especially when it breaks up the sleep you really need right now) but it’s one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, especially early on. The reasons for frequent urination are numerous: First, the hormone hCG causes an increase of blood flow to the pelvic area. Good for increased sexual pleasure during pregnancy (if you’re in the mood, and not in the toilet), not so good for long car rides. Second, during pregnancy the efficiency of the kidneys improves, helping your body rid itself of waste products more quickly. Finally, your growing uterus begins to exert pressure on your bladder, leaving less storage space for urine — and triggering that “gotta go” feeling. Luckily, this pressure is often relieved once the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity during the second trimester.

Week 6 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Head Takes Shape
This week your baby’s crown-to-rump measurement is anywhere from a fifth to a quarter of an inch, and growing — making it the size of a sweet pea (your little sweet pea!).

During fetal development, practitioners measure embryos as small as yours from precious little crown to cute little rump. That’s because as your baby grows, his or her legs will be bent, making it hard to measure the full length of the body. During week six of pregnancy, your baby’s crown-to-rump measurement is anywhere from a fifth to a quarter of an inch, and growing — making it the size of a sweet pea (your little sweet pea!).

So, if your womb had a view, what would you see? The folds of tissue in the prominent bump on top (the head) are developing into your baby’s jaws, cheeks, and chin. And are those little indentations on both sides of the head the adorable dimples you always hoped your baby would inherit from your mom’s side of the family? No, they’re ear canals in the making. Small bumps on the face will form the eyes and button nose in a few weeks time. Also taking shape this week: your baby’s kidneys, liver, and lungs.

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