My Pregnancy Journal

All about my 3rd pregnancy*

Thoughts, information, pictures, etc.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

22 Weeks Today

Only one more week until I'm 6 mths along :D

Not much to say... lol Well, its really, really, really hot outside, usually... intolerable most times...

From my weekly pregnancy email:

This week your growing baby measures about 7½" from crown to rump and weighs slightly more than 12 ounces (350 grams). Also at this point, baby's eyelids and eyebrows are well developed and his fingernails have grown to cover the fingertips.

And from another weekly pregnancy email:

Brow know-how. As if concentrating on a tricky math problem, your clever baby can furrow his brow. And now he's actually getting eyebrows to do it with! These fine hairs, like the hair on his scalp, don't contain any pigment yet—they're pure white. His eyelids are completely developed too, though they're fused shut until about 28 weeks.

Womb workout. "Waving my arms and legs is fun!" Jumping jacks may be your baby's favorite activity these days. Now that his arms and legs have reached their final proportions (but not their final size), he's exercising them vigorously—kicking, flexing, and clasping his hands. Speaking of his hands, fingernails now completely cover his fingertips, just as yours do. And they keep growing. In fact, you may need to trim your baby's nails right after he's born so he doesn't scratch himself.

Prepare for padding. Even though your baby measures more than 9.5 inches now, he still doesn't weigh much—about 13 ounces. At this point, he has only 1 percent body fat. But from here on out, he'll be adding layers of fat, which will help him to produce and retain body heat. Your little one's fat is a lot like the kind you're putting on during pregnancy. It's called brown fat and is readily turned into energy to keep both of you on an even keel.

Where Is Thumbkin?

The baby has found his thumb and seems to be smiling about it. Hand to mouth comfort habits may be fully developed at birth. Sucking blisters can be seen often on thumbs, fingers, or lips of newborns.


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*Not counting the time I believe I miscarried, the day before Thanksgiving 2003