On Thursday last week, we went to the clinic to have the regular checkup on the baby. The focus was a bit different this time. While we got to see the regular ultrasound, there was something extra this time. The doctor showed us the blood flow through her heart. He was doing this to check that her blood is flowing in the correct direction through her heart. Everything is normal! Also, he was checking her lips to make sure they’ve formed correctly.
Through the ultrasound, the doctor determined that our baby is slightly smaller than average and her legs are slightly longer than average, but well within normal. 4 weeks before, we were told she was average weight and her legs were slightly shorter than average. Things sure can change quickly in only 4 weeks! She is now 565 grams. The blood vessels in her lungs are developing, getting ready to be able to breathe. She can hear quite a bit now, as well.
In the ultrasound pictures, we got just head images, but one of them is amazing. Take a look for yourself:
How’s mom doing? She’s been doing a lot of exercising lately to keep in shape, both for her health and to prepare for the birth. The baby is kicking and punching hard, which is sometimes painful. To prevent dryness, she’s using lotion on her belly. This won’t prevent stretch marks, though.
The next clinic visit is after only 3 weeks. That’s the start of the third trimester. After that, it’s every 2 weeks.