Pregnancy Update: Early First Trimester, Weeks 6, 7, 8 & 9

14 Nov

These are being posted in my second trimester but I still wanted to keep record of these early weeks so I can look back on them and hopefully give a little insight to others who are going to read this!  Sorry to put you guys on baby update overload this week.  I will be back to posting more fitness and healthy related posts starting next week!  I just have one more first trimester update that will go up tomorrow to get all caught up!  Smile

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Week 6- Sweet Pea

Baby, fetus at 6 weeks - BabyCenter

Week 6 Baby Developments:

This week’s major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you’d find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil. (babycenter.com)

My Thoughts:

I went into week six dreading it as in my last pregnancy this was the week where my morning sickness and extreme fatigue kicked in.  To my surprise, this week was pretty uneventful.  I did get a little worried if everything was okay with this pregnancy as I wasn’t experiencing many symptoms if any at all. 

On 6 +4, we went in for an early dating ultrasound as I didn’t conceive until really late in my cycle due to breastfeeding and also just getting my cycle back.  When the ultrasound tech pulled up our little peanut and we heard a strong heart beat (120 bpm) I got a little teary eyed.  All that stressing for nothing! 

We also decided to tell our families that night.  I had originally wanted to wait until around 10 weeks to tell our families but Keith talked me in to telling them that night.

That sums up week six!

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Week 7- Blueberry

Baby, fetus at 7 weeks - BabyCenter

Week 7 Baby Developments:

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. (babycenter.com)

My Thoughts:

The week the extreme fatigue, morning sickness and all day nausea kicked in.  Lucky me.  Week seven was the first of many many weeks of torture (it’s all for a good cause though).  The tiredness kicked in and let me tell you , I thought it was bad last time, well this time it is soooo much worse when you have a toddler to chase after and entertain all day long. 

I also started to get all day nausea really badly and had my first of many trips to visit the bathroom toilet at random times during the day.

Eating this week was also hard because nothing and I repeat nothing sounds good.  Smells are also starting to get to me. 

I also had a prenatal appointment this week.  Just all the exams and what not

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Week 8- Raspberry

Baby, fetus at 8 weeks - BabyCenter

Week 8 Baby Developments:

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby’s hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven’t developed enough to reveal whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can’t feel it.

You may notice that your bra is getting more snug. Soon you’ll likely need a larger size with better support. Rising levels of hormones cause breast growth and other tissue changes, all in preparation for lactation. Your breasts may continue to grow throughout pregnancy. Don’t be surprised if you go up a cup size or two, especially if it’s your first baby. Keep this in mind, and allow for room to grow when investing in a new bra.

Feeling fatigued? Hormonal changes — in particular, a dramatic rise in progesterone — may be contributing to your sluggishness. Nausea and vomiting can certainly cost you energy, too. And you may be having trouble getting a good night’s sleep at this point, especially if you’re uncomfortable or find you need to get up to pee. (babycenter.com)

My Thoughts:

Week 8 was just like the rest.  I was super nauseous and spent many days with my head hung over a toilet.  I was also extremely tired.  Like a tiredness I’ve never felt before.  It is much different this pregnancy that I can’t just nap when I want to.  I need to chase around and entertain a toddler all day and trust me she doesn’t sit through a movie just yet. 

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Week 9- Olive

Baby, fetus at 9 weeks - BabyCenter

Week 9 Baby Developments:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.

You still may not look pregnant even if your waist is thickening a bit. You probably feel pregnant, though. Not only are morning sickness and other physical symptoms out in full force for most women, but you may feel like an emotional pinball as well.

Mood swings are common now — it’s perfectly normal to feel alternately elated and terrified about becoming a parent. Try to cut yourself some slack. Most women find that moodiness flares up at around six to ten weeks, eases up in the second trimester, and then reappears as pregnancy winds to a close.

My Thoughts:

Week nine started off great!  I had so much energy and didn’t feel sick at all!  I actually started to worry if something had happened to the baby because my symptoms seemed to have vanished.  Both days 8+6 and 9 weeks I felt amazing.  Which was good since we had company over all day long on one of the days and the following I had a ton of orders to fill for Chic Pipsqueak that took me all day.  I needed the energy.  But come 9+1 I was back to being sick as a dog.  This lasted the remainder of the week.  I think I had a few days where I puked 8+ times a day! 

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