Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Wow time flies!

I'm already half way through this pregnancy, although many people have commented that I look like I'm about seven or eight months ;) They've just never seen me pregnant before.

How your baby's growing:Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom — known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that's the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).


Princess said...

congrats on making it this far!!!! hope the rest flies by too! when will you post a belly photo?

dwiebes said...

I'll post a belly pic as soon as we can find our card reader for our camera. I have SO many pictures that I want to post and we just can't find the card reader. Oh well.. hopefully it will turn up soon.