Tuesday, September 29, 2009

5 weeks, 3 days

Not showing at 5 weeks, although I'm really bloated. In the past several days I've gotten some great gifts from a friend and from my Mummy. My mom sent me a month by month pregnancy planner. I read only through Month 1 last night, and while getting ready for work this morning realized that, hello, 5 weeks means I'm into month two. Der. It has a long list of questions to ask the doctor on your first visit so I will be utilising that. Melissa bought me a couple things; a book about what and how to eat while expecting, and a "journal" that goes day by day and tells what new developments Baby is making. It has little spots to write in how you feel, or what you think about being pregnant, or your belly measurements, or whatnot. She also got me this great herbal pregnancy tea. It's meant for early pregnancy to help the uterus and the baby's brain and all sorts of good stuff. Tastes good too. After week 34 I'll start Raspberry leaf tea instead, to prepare the uterus for delivery.

I'm still not having any sickness, although I have been a little nauseous this afternoon. My main thing is just fatigue. I feel like I'm swimming through quicksand all day. I just want a nap.....:( I'm sure every pregnant woman in the world feels that way. I found a really neat picture of what Baby looks like this week.

And here's what's going on in there, according to Babycenter.com: Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.

Lucky Baby, getting to sleep all day!!


Dusty Penguin said...

What fun getting early gifts! I remember when I was pg with you and so exhausted and so sick, one of Duane's married student friends and his wife came over and gave me the first baby gift--some bibs. It meant so much to me because they couldn't afford it, and it helped me to focus on the coming baby not the current misery. Later, the married student wives gave me a shower, again none of them could afford it, and while we were doing that the husbands went over to our apt and helped Duane put together the crib that someone was loaning us. Good memories. Love in action. I hope that the two journals/planners aren't too similar. Gifts are fun!

Mommy Becoming said...

The journals are actually very different, and I like them both. Love in action--I like that. So true. And yes, the gifts are way fun! It's like lots of little suprises leading up to the big one!