My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Five
5th Month of Pregnancy
As I stated in my first installment, a journal is a great way to document a pregnancy. I was actually lucky enough to have a good friend of mine that I worked with at the time buy me a pregnancy journal to fill in all my thoughts over the course of 9 months of my first pregnancy.
In chapter one I shared my friend's note at the beginning of the journal and my documented answers to the 'about this pregnancy' section of my journal. Then in chapter 2, I delved into the beginning of my pregnancy or the first weeks in my first trimester. In Chapter 3, I continued my pregnancy journey as I finished up my first trimester of pregnancy. Then in chapter 4, I started the beginning of my second trimester, which I shared with the reader. Now in chapter 5, I will continue by chronicling the 5th month of my pregnancy, where I had gotten an anatomy scan or sonogram and also made it to the half mark of my pregnancy too.
Everything I share here was written down in my original journal and will be going chronologically. I believe for all intents and purposes, I got pregnant on or about Halloween 2008. Please keep in mind, I found out I was pregnant on November 11, which was just about 10 days past ovulation (DPO). I wrote down some stats from as early as around 3 weeks into the pregnancy, such as weight, because I did and still do regularly weigh myself.
Week 19:February 19-February 25
The Journal tells me on this day I am now one week out from being halfway through this pregnancy. I honestly can't believe I am almost half way done and that have been pregnant for 4 whole months and now entering my 5th month of pregnancy. It seems like just yesterday that I took the pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant with you. I also can't believe I will be finding out any day now whether you are a little boy or little girl.
If you are indeed girl, miniature egg cells now exist in your possible ovaries. Oh just more to think about and ponder what sex you indeed are. I wanted to know from the beginning, but as I am getting closer to finding out, I am becoming more anxious and seriously can't wait. Also, as you are growing (the journal says you grew from 3 1/2 inches long to 5 1/2 long), I am starting to feel a bit more weight gain and my lower back is aching more from having the extra weight added on to me.
The placenta from now until your birth will now only grow in diameter (to over 6 inches) and not thickness. Also, I am starting to feel you hiccup inside me. I do believe you are still traverse and can feel these hiccups in my mid section. Very cool indeed and am truly amazed by this new development.
Week 20: February 26-March 4th
Today, brown fat, which protects you and keeps you warm in cold environments is indeed forming. Glad to know you will be able to stay warm once you are born. Today, I noticed two things about my body. First, my belly button began hurting and wondered what this could mean. Well, by the end of the day, my always faithful belly button (that was in) was now an 'outtie'. Yup, I am now sporting a popped belly button. Second, a dark line is beginning to form between the bottom of my belly button to my pubic bone, which after googling, I found out is called the linea nigra. Seriously, my body is just transforming right before my eyes!!
In the journal, I read that your eyebrows and hair are now beginning to form. The beginning of the pigment color are happening now too, making me curious yet again as to what color hair you will have when you are born.
By today, apparently if you are a girl, your girl parts, such as the uterus, vagina, hymen and labia are developing now. Guess what we are all set to find out at our 20 week appointment tomorrow, what sex you are!!
Read More About Pregnancy Sonograms Here:
- Different Types of Sonograms During Pregnancy
This Hub article details the different types of Sonograms that are offered during pregnancy. During both my pregnancies, I had many of these sonograms performed.
Week 21: March 5-March 11
Finally it is the day I have been waiting for 20 whole weeks to find out whether you are a boy or girl. I am so very excited. Well, I had my Level II (Anatomy Scan) today, where drum roll...I found out you are a perfectly healthy, little girl!!! I am having a girl and your father told me now it is official that he has to start liking the color pink!!! Also, during the sonogram, your heart rate was 150 BPM. You were sleeping and face down, so I couldn't even get to see your little face. You measured 10 inches in length and weighed 11 ozs. My weight was now at 138 lbs too!
Apparently now, your hair and nails are growing rapidly probably from all those huge pre-natal vitamins I am ingesting. I picture myself cutting your little nails and even doing a mani-pedi with you when you are a bit older (well since I know you are a little girl now, I allow myself to imagine this).
The journal tells me at this point you look like a miniature version of a newborn now and I am now officially halfway through my pregnancy. So time to break out the apple cidar and celebrate or at least enjoy this tiny, but definite milestone.
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Week 22: March 12-March 18
Right about now your brain is growing rapidly and will continue this growth until you are at least 5 years old. Also, I am noticing more and more movement from you, except the movement is waking me at night. You seem to sleep all day long and then rock and roll in the late evening/nighttime hours. Oh boy, I am in for sleepless nights with you in the future??
If you were a boy, your testes would have begun to descend, but since you are indeed a girl your ovaries are definitely remaining in place. Today, I go on your first mini-shopping spree buying all pink onesies and adorable clothing for you. I can't wait to dress you up like a little princess!!
Today marks the end of the 5th month of pregnancy and tomorrow we will be entering our 6th month; so we are more than half way there now baby. And by the way, we decided on your name finally today. We will be naming you Emma Grace and can't wait to hold you for the first time. So excited to indeed be able to refer to you by name though now.
Concluding Chapter 5...
I do hope you enjoyed the fifth chapter in the pregnancy journal that I had wrote and kept during my very, first pregnancy and hope you will come back to read the next installment, which is coming soon.
To be continued yet again....
If You Want to Catch Up on the First Four Chapters of My Pregnancy Journal:
- Chapter One
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the first chapter in this series and delves into the very beginnings of my pregnancy.
- Chapter Two
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the second chapter in this series and delves into weeks 5-10 of my pregnancy.
- Chapter Three
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the third chapter in this series and delves into weeks 11-14 of my pregnancy and concludes the first trimester of my
- Chapter Four
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the fourth chapter in this series and delves into weeks 15-18 of my pregnancy and begins my second trimester of my pr
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