Saturday, August 28, 2010

week 19

Wow, 19 weeks. Time is seriously flying by, its amazing. The baby is still moving around like crazy. Last night it was really going crazy in there so I had Dan come over and feel my tummy and he felt his baby move for the first time. It was an amazing moment. I cant wait for more of those moments. My tailbone is still sore and achy (has been for the last months or so) and my midwife doesn't give me much hope of it getting better. She actually told me that it is possible I will break it while birthing my baby. Ouch. Please pray I don't, I couldn't imagine trying to care for my baby with a freshly broken tailbone. Lately I have been experiencing some achiness in my lower abdomen, I read this is the ligaments that support my uterus stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. Its nothing to be alarmed about either, thank goodness I was getting a little worried. Another thing about my body I have noticed some change in is my complexion. I am breaking out like a early teenager. It could be from pregnancy but I did recently change my face wash so that might be the culprit. I order my usual face wash last night so I'll be back to using that again and hopefully this acne will go AWAY.

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

I had to share this photo. All the ones before it the baby had plenty room and looked like it was just floating around in there. Look how cramped it looks now.
Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.


Laura said...

Has your midwife suggested you see a chiropractor for the tailbone issue? When I was pregant with Emily (our youngest) I developed a lot of pain in my tailbone/sciatic area, and my doctor never recommended a chiro. But after she was born, I ended up on bedrest in severe pain, unable to walk or carry her - and a friend suggested a chiropractor who fixed everything in one visit. I found out afterward that adjustments are awesome for a natural delivery, they help keep your bones and structure stabilized during labor and delivery. It sounds better than a broken tail bone! :-(

Praying for you and your little one!

Ashleigh said...

My midwife did suggest going to a chiropractor and I have an appointment today. I am also doing massages in hopes of relieving my discomfort.
Thank you so much for letting me know your similar situation. It is always nice to hear some advice from someone who has been through it before.
Here's to praying it all works!!

Laura said...

Just popped back in and saw your response... did the chiropractor visit help any?

Still praying for you!