We had a checkup with Dr. George today and got great marks for my growing belly and the baby's strong heartbeat. I explained to her that this past month has been up and down for me — with some weird stuff, like the leg rash and headaches, along with lower back pain. She reassured me that things look good. I've been feeling pains in my lower abdomen that I don't remember from last time, but the doc said it's likely from carrying the second pregnancy different than the first. Since my abdominal muscles were changed by carrying Ellie, this baby will sit lower and I'll feel the pangs in new spots. It's nice to get reassurance from someone with an MD. And, as I've said, I continue to be reassured by the baby's activity. There's so much kicking and moving going on in there! Dr. George predicts it's a boy since the baby's been giving me some trouble :)
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.