Entry: Baby Journal: Week Six Apr 23, 2008



Well, week six is officially underway!  TMI, but important, no spotting or bleeding at all.  Also on a good note, no nausea yet (woo!).  The only symptom I have is that I am tired almost all the time.  I also "wake up" much earlier than I used to.  Around 5:30, my body is turning over and waking up, weird for me since I can usually sleep until noon if undisturbed.  I'm also much more exhausted at the end of the day versus the beginning.  I'm contemplating getting my workouts in earlier in the morning instead of the evenings, with the exception of my track workouts, of which I don't like being up there in the dark, by myself.

Anyway, thanks to www.babygaga.com, here is information on week six, both baby-wise, and mommy-wise:

Fetal development in pregnancy week 6: This is going to be a busy week for your amazing little embryo. Their brain is still growing remarkably fast; miniature hand plates are starting to develop and the early formations of what will be their fingers are already visible. Also, the lower limbs do not develop quite as fast, so they're pretty much still flippers. Up until this point, your baby has been very curled up with the head and tail in close proximity, but this week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten as their tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, they're already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch!

And how's mom doing?
It's official (grumble): if you're going to have morning sickness, you'll be feeling the unpleasant symptoms starting some time this week. If you don't, then chances are you're in the clear-- but don't blame us if we're wrong! There are always a handful of women who are officially morning-sickness late-bloomers with another week or two before the nausea sets in.  To lessen your symptoms, you're going to have to buckle down and focus on cleaning up your diet. Don't eat fatty foods, drink lots of fluids, eat several small meals throughout the day, take plenty of naps, and don't forget the prenatal vitamins!  There are several factors that can help you determine whether or not you you're one of the unlucky ones. If you are having twins (or more), or had morning sickness with an earlier pregnancy, or experienced nausea or vomiting with birth control pills, then you might expect to have morning sickness with this pregnancy. To lessen your symptoms, you're going to have to buckle down and focus on cleaning up your diet. Don't eat fatty foods, drink lots of fluids, eat several small meals throughout the day, take plenty of naps, and don't forget the prenatal vitamins! (Have you consulted with your doctor of nutritionist yet?) For those of you without morning sickness: don't dwell on it,you're just one of the lucky 20% of pregnant women who never actually experience morning sickness.


My food intake is going very well.  It's very balanced nutrition, no junk food if at all possible (there was a bag of swedish gummy fish that I will offer no explanation for), and just loads of water.  I have been drinking water like it is my job!  I've also added a glass of 1% milk to my morning routine because I was told I wasn't drinking enough milk.  I'm not a big milk fan.  Haven't been since I was a teenager.  So I'm trying to sneak in a glass a day, and try to bump it up as I move along.

   2 comments

Melly
April 23, 2008   12:46 PM PDT
 
i think maybe i shouldn't have read that. i didn't like that part about if you had morning sickness in a previous you just might have it for the next. oh god i hope not. im pretty sure if you don't start feeling icky this week, if you ever get morning sickness it will probaby be extremely mild.
Deirdre
April 23, 2008   10:48 AM PDT
 
Awesome! Reading about what's going on with baby while in the womb is always so interesting to me. I'm going to enjoy this!

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