Monday, April 13, 2009

My Seventh Week Starts Today

According to, here's what's going on inside me this week with my blueberry-sized Scout:

How your baby's growing:

The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

Her liver is churning out red blood cells ... pretty amazing, huh? She also has an appendix, which gives her something in common with the help manuals I write at work. And the umbilical cord is forming.

This is scary.

Now, more from

How your life's changing:

Your uterus has doubled in size in the past five weeks, and eating may feel like a chore — or worse — thanks to morning sickness, which by now may be in full swing. (If you're feeling fine, don't worry — you're lucky!)

You may need to pee more than usual, too, thanks to your increasing blood volume and the extra fluid being processed through your kidneys. (By now, you already have about 10 percent more blood than you did before you were pregnant. And by the end of your pregnancy, you'll have 40 to 45 percent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your full-term baby.) As your uterus grows, pressure on your bladder will send you to the bathroom as well.

Morning sickness in full swing, indeed!

This is starting to become a pattern.

I wake up in the morning, but I'm tired because I had to get up three times in the night to go pee. So it's hard to get out of bed. But I'm a trouper. I get out of bed and walk to the kitchen ... and immediately run to the bathroom.

Dry heave. Sweat. Sweat coming out of sweat glands everywhere--arms, legs, head--as I kneel to the porcelain god.

Yes, it's very similar to a hangover.

And the smell of toast, I've decided, is the most disgusting smell in the entire world. I can't stand it. When Sheltowee puts the bread in the toaster for his breakfast, I have to evacuate the kitchen.

In fact, I have no desire for anything "bready"--toast, oatmeal cereal, etc.

According to all the pregnancy books, morning sickness ends around Week 14 for about half the women who experience it. Of the unlucky other half, most have to wait a few more weeks. Some have it throughout their whole pregnancy.

I really hope I'm part of that lucky first 50%.

Oh ... the Prozac should now be completely out of my system. I'm having to pay close attention to how I feel emotionally. The pregnancy hormones are supposed to keep me from getting depressed (ha ha). But if I do start feeling depressed (as opposed to merely physically crappy), I need to call my doctor ASAP.

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