My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Four
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. Now in chapter 4, I will be be sharing the beginning of my second trimester with the reader.
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 15--January 22-28
Well, we finally made it, you and I. We are now just starting the second trimester of pregnancy and are now officially no longer in the first trimester. Typically people say that once a pregnancy makes it out of the first trimester, it is a viable pregnancy and the concerns for miscarriage are now more at a minimal.
The pregnancy journal, for this day, tells us that you will indeed growing faster over the course of this fourth month than you ever have before or will. So, I know I said it before, but will say it again, grow baby grow!!
Today, the journal tells us that your scalp hair pattern has now completely developed, but I would just love to know what color your hair will be once you are here and born. But alas, we have so much more time before that big moment occurs.
The journal tells me that my uterus is indeed growing and on the rise. And by the end of the month, my uterus will rise out of the confines of my hipbone. Sounds unpleasant and can tell you that at this point I am already a bit uncomfortable. I was wearing the Bella Band, but do think I will be making the move very shortly to full fledged maternity clothes.
Also it would appear from the journal that at this point you can kick your feet, curl your toes and even fan those little toes too. Apparently, I still cannot feel these kicks and movements yet though and am still dying to actually feel that first kick!!
Week 16--January 29-February 4
I awoke this morning and found that some clear fluid was indeed leaking from breasts. I, of course googled this and found out that this is not colostrum (yellowish fluid rich in protein and antibodies that is produced before my milk comes in) quite yet, because my body should not be producing this until at least until the end of this week. Seriously being pregnant I have never had so many different experiences all in such a short period of time!
Your cousin (your dad's sister's baby) was born today. I wonder if this new little girl bundle of joy will have another girl or a boy to play with. Exciting times ahead for our family though!!
According to the journal you now should measure about 4 3/4 long crown to rump and weigh about 3 3/4 ozs, having more than doubled in the two weeks alone!! You really are growing now baby!!
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Week 17--February 5-11
The placenta and the umbilical cord are apparently now having your little system operate as it will indeed after you are born. I remember the early sonograms back at 6 weeks where neither of these even existed quite yet and now 11 weeks later they not only exist, but are performing their job quite well and helping sustain your little life.
Reflexes seem to be the key today. Right now you are practicing three of them (blinking, sucking and swallowing). You are blinking apparently to keep things out of your eyes that don't belong there, sucking and swallowing to help you to be able to ingest food once you are born (like from a bottle). Right now, I am trying to picture your little face and still can't wait until I can actually see it with my own two eyes.
Today, I began to feel rather ill and run down. I think I may be coming down with a cold, hopefully not the flu. The journal tells me that your growth spurt this past week probably resulted in one for me as well. And what do you know I am now needing maternity pants!
Week 18--February 12-18
Still quite ill and it is definitely a cold. My head and my nose is all congested, as my throat seems to be on fire too. By now the major elements of your lungs are formed except those that help with the oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange. Can't wait to hear you exercise those little lungs someday soon!!
Happy 1st Valentine's Day baby from mommy, your first true Valentine!! Today I wish I could give you a great big hug and kiss too. Soon baby soon!! But right now, the journal says your finger and toe prints are just beginning to form. Can't wait to see those little prints for the first time recorded forever on your hospital records, but will have to settle right now knowing they are indeed beginning to take shape.
Guess what?? I felt little flutters while I was laying down for the first time tonight. It was absolutely amazing and a great way to close out month number 4. You are indeed growing by leaps and bounds and now are strong enough in your little movements to indeed feel. I am so happy right now that I am practically beaming!!
Concluding Chapter 4...
I do hope you enjoyed the fourth 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 Three of My Pregnancy Journal:
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--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.
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First 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.
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First 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
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