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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Five

Updated on September 19, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

5th Month of Pregnancy

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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.

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Week 19:February 19-February 25

February 19:

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.

February 22:

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.

February 25:

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.

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Week 20: February 26-March 4th

February 26:

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!!

February 27:

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.

March 4:

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!!

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Week 21: March 5-March 11

March 5:

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!

March 8:

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).

March 11:

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

March 12:

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??

March 16:

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!!

March 18:

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....

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About the Author...

Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise at meal times, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her family related articles here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This really is a fascinating series, and I'm a man!!! I can see this as being so useful for women who have never been pregnant. Bravo my friend; keep them coming as I'm sure you are helping people with this.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, thank you so much for saying that. I am very much enjoying re-writing this original journal and even as I was editing it, I had Emma sitting next to me on the couch and that the thought crossed my mind that I was looking over this and now here she is actually in the flesh, kind of ironic. Thank you again though for always being so very supportive and kind too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My daughter is in her fourth month. Faith makes us aware each week of the size of the baby. Last week we celebrated with apple pie. Ha! Thanks for sharing your journey:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh I love your granddaughter Faith more and more, especially when I hear stories of her like this. Kids truly have a way of getting excited during a pregnancy. Emma (even though she was only a little over a year old) was so excited when I was pregnant with Lily, she would even kiss my belly as it grew. Even now with Lily she is always hugging and kissing her. I am glad you stopped by commented and are enjoying this journey with me too :) Thank you again Linda!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are one month ahead of me, but it's just as much fun! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is way out of my past but I enjoyed reading your diary. Voting UP.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      She's growing bigger, Janine!! You do have the chance to do a mani-pedi with them both now!! This is beautiful, and I share, and tweet and vote up!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I think pregnancy has to be the most exciting time in a woman's life. I was blessed with four beautiful, uneventful pregnancies and deliveries. You are such a good Mother, and deserve the very best of everything, I voted this Hub UP and will share.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, you aren't far behind and I am sure you will be here in no time. Seriously I can't believe how quickly pregnancy does go. Ironic, but this morning Lily was looking at a picture of Emma when she was 3 months and telling me it was "My baby Emma"! And now Emma is over 3 years old, time does seriously fly. Thank you again :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, thank you for reading, commenting and voting up too. So very appreciate it!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I know Michelle. Kevin actually tried to give them both Mani's last night and he failed miserably and by the end they said he didn't do it like mommy, lol!! But I so enjoy the dressing up and mani-pedi time with them already. Thank you though for your comment, share on here and virtually too, tweet and votes too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, god bless you and your four children. I so agree with you that pregnancy is the most exciting time in a woman's life and I was blessed too to have two (one was uneventful and one was high risk, but wouldn't change it for the world!) also. Thank you for your kind words, votes and share too!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      "Emma Grace just added to this human race"

      Terrific journal Janine. The most important thing I see from here is your legacy to your grandkids. Seeing it in perspective, they will say, "hey, great grandma and her 'linea nigra' did explain it so well.."

      You are keeping us on the edge of our seat to the very end. Cannot wait for that 36th week! Thanks for this amazing job that so many women can relate to.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is so cool. I wish I had the stamina when I was pregnant to keep up with anything like this. The only real documentation I have are food journals from both pregnancies. I had horrible morning sickness and was afraid my babies might be malnourished. My midwives asked me to keep a food journal here and there. Luckily, all was good.

      Your child(ren) will really appreciate this when they are older. It will be the gift that keeps on giving.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph so very glad to keep captivated and on the edge of your seat until the end, but won't give it away just yet :) Thank you for saying such kind things about my journal and how i do hope it will be read my kids and their kids too!! And thank as always for just being so kind and supportive of me too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Stephanie, I too had morning sickness, but thankfully I never did actually throw up, but was pretty much nauseous all the time for the first few months of pregnancy both times I might add. Sorry to hear how sick you were and even worrying about malnutrition. I knew another mom in one of my pregnancy groups that actually had this happen to her and even needed a pic line to have fluids put into her, because she couldn't keep anything down for months on end. Glad you stopped by and thank you again for sharing here a bit of your own pregnancy experience too.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, I remember my "outie" belly button during those last few days. It did rub on me and made me itch. Sore at times. Great post here and very interesting to read. Love this series and I am sure it is being read by many who need the comfort of knowing what to expect.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, it is funny, but I still vividly remember the day my belly button actually popped. I remember being stunned and surprised all the same, because my belly button was the furtherest from being an 'outtie' and never thought I would see the day!! Thank you though for sharing and for saying such lovely things about my article. I do very much hope all will read and can relate too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I loved it when my daughter hiccupped or sneezed. She did it a lot, but it was always very reassuring to me. Another lovely part of your journal.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I totally agree with you on this, Glimmer Twin Fan. It always was so reassuring that the baby was indeed alive and moving about inside of me. Thank you for sharing and your lovely comment too :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      When my sister was pregnant, I suggested her to record her experience. I had planned to rewrite and later compile her thoughts in a book. However, she did not record her experience on words.

      This is a wonderful peek into a mother's mind.

      PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub about copywriting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Vinaya, I am sorry that your sister never did get to put her thoughts down in words during her pregnancy, I have no doubt you would have totally done them justice! Thanks you so much for your kind and generous words on my article and journal entry from my pregnancy. And I was truly very happy to read, comment and share your copywriting article, as it was a great and resourceful article. Thank you so much again :) :)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      this is a terrific insight - a warm wonderful exploration of the changes women have to endure in carrying a life. Although I have delivered over a hundred babies in various circumstances, I can never cease to be awestruck by the magic of pregnancy and birth. Your journal is not only a great read Janine, it is a must read for any young mums -to-be. voted up and shared everywhere.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Docmo, thank you again for sharing my pregnancy journal. I only went through 2 deliveries and couldn't imagine being present for quite as many as you have, so I truly value your compliments here. Thank you also for the votes too :) :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Today I used my BFF to video the machine used to hear the baby's heartbeat. I then forwarded the video to my other daughter and my niece. They were able to hear the 150 BPM's which sounded like a galloping horse. I used the machine (?) as the video's focal point. I love APPLE! I love grandbabies! I love your series. It's like I'm trailing right behind:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Linda, I always remember loving hearing the heartbeat on the doppler machine. So awesome and just such an amazing sound. Man I wish I would have had my IPhone back then but only got it after I had both girls. I have re-written Chapter 6 to publish, but am holding off a bit to try to have your grand-baby catch up a bit :) Thank you so much as always and love hearing about your family too!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I love this series! It's like reading my own diary! lol ^_^ Hmm... makes me miss pregnancy already. Thanks for the great read Janine. Voting across the board!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sasha so happy you could relate and are enjoying this series. Truth be told this one has been a lot of fun to re-write on here, because I loved being pregnant both times with my girls and even though I am pretty much done having kids, I will most likely always secretly miss the pregnancy stages (so I can relate). Thanks for reading, commenting and voting too!!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Janine,

      Now that is what I call planning ahead as you dream of your baby girl's first mani-pedi...Now I will check to see if I am up to date with this sentimental and spectacular series.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Maria, i can't thank you enough for your thoughtful words in your comment and truly was planning ahead with each step. I look at her now at 3 years old (especially as I have been editing this and uploading and am truly amazed by my little girl. Thanks again for everything, including your votes. So very appreciated and hugs back to you!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Janine, How quickly time goes by since I read this hub last. My granddaughter Lily is almost here. Any day now. Emma will follow in March! Did I tell you my stepdaughter is naming her daughter Emma? YES! I am going to have my own Lily and Emma just like you. My grandbabies will be one month apart. Can you sense my excitement? :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Linda, I am so excited for you and seriously cannot wait to hear the good news that both little girls are here. You are a wonderful grandma to Faith and know you are going to be only the best to both of these little girls, too :) :)

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      rdsparrowriter 19 months ago

      Hi I enjoyed reading your journal. It's really a cherished memory documented so that you wont forget :) Lovely thought. Blessed :)

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      Janine Huldie 6 months ago from New York, New York

      Thanks rdsparrowwriter :)

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