This post is a few days late, but it’s still week 19. The last day of week 19. On Thursday, we went to the clinic for the first time in 4 weeks for an ultrasound and checkup on the baby. There were lots of questions for the doctor, and a reassurance that everything is going normally.
So, how’s the baby? It’s now 16.7 cm long, which is normal for 19 weeks and 2 days. Everything is in the normal range for size, though the legs are slightly shorter than average. The senses are developing quickly and the baby can now hear. So talking to the baby is a good idea from now. The kidneys are producing urine now, and hair is beginning to grow on the head. Also, the baby is moving a lot. My fiancee feels the baby moving quite a bit, and I was excited to feel it moving this past week. These are the ultrasound pictures:
How’s the mom? Well, her morning sickness is pretty much gone, but it’s been replaced with lots of cramps. This is normal, though. It’s her round ligaments expanding. Also, she’s had some leg pains due to her vena cava being compressed by the baby in her back. This can lead to varicose veins and collecting of blood and swelling in the feet, ankles and legs. Her sleeping schedule is pretty unusual now, sleep during the day, awake at night. This is normal, according to the doctor. An interesting side effect of pregnancy is forgetfulness, which has been happening as well.
Finally, some exciting news. A month ago, the doctor told us what the gender was, but I didn’t announce it, because of the uncertainty at that time. But now, we are much more certain. We are having a girl!