Monday, March 27, 2006

Week 16

I'm in my 4th month and on week 16. I'm that much closer to seeing my baby. This past week I've been so lazy. I would like to blame it on the fact that I'm pregnant. This morning I must have pressed snooze at least 5 times. I know that annoyed the hell out of my husband. When I finally got up I only had 20 minutes to get ready! Believe it or not I made it to work on time with no makeup. I just didn't have time for anything extra. I barely remembered to grab a banana on my way out for my morning snack. I hope that this doesn't continue to happen.

Since I work on the 2nd floor I decided to take the stairs. Only when I'm extremely lazy I'll get the elevator. The building where I work only has 3 floors, so I don't feel that bad taking the elevator, because others do it as well. Anyway, when I was walking up the stairs my feet felt like bricks! Every step was a struggle! By the time I got to the 2nd floor I was out of breath. Maybe the extra pounds I've put on are starting to effect me. I've also noticed that my feet swell up by the end of the day!

Fetal Development: My baby's legs are now longer than the arms and I should be starting to feel him/her move, especially since there's still a lot of room to move within the uterus. My baby's fingernails and toenails are growing too! How exciting! However I have not felt my baby move. I can't wait!

Maternal Changes: When pregnant your blood volume increases about 40%-50%. This effects your estrogen levels which in turn swells your nasal membranes and can cause nosebleeds. The increased blood volume can also cause your heart to work harder to support your pregnancy.

Your ligaments continue to stretch, and you may be feeling achiness and pain in your abdomen. If your planning to have an amniocentesis, it may be scheduled between 15 and 20 weeks.