Hurray – time is continuing to pass. I am feeling much better a lot of the time, though I still feel lousy a fair percent of the time as well, but I guess that’s the way pregnancy goes. I’ve started participating more in my husband’s and daughter’s lives again, which just makes me feel so much better. I’ve felt left out of my own family when I’ve just been sick in the bedroom most of the time. And, I’m starting to catch up at work. Work is no longer torture, which is certainly a plus.
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.
I haven’t weighed myself, but I am definitely getting bigger. At this point with L, I hadn’t gained any weight, but I’m pretty sure I’ve gained a few pounds this time. This is mainly due to the morning sickness not being as bad this time around. I honestly just haven’t been bothered to check my weight. I definitely don’t want to gain too much weight, but I actually started out about 5 pounds lighter, so I figure I’ve got a little extra to put on. I do feel like how much weight you gain is a big determiner in pregnancy health. For example, I’m already starting to experience mild groin pain. This was a big problem last pregnancy, and I figure if I were to put on 50 pounds instead of 30, that would probably make the problem that much worse.
Symptoms: Nausea, gagging, smell sensitivity, bad taste in mouth, headaches, fatigue, mild groin pain