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, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, she's measured from head to toe.)
She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
If you're interested in what the dad's guide to pregnancy says about size this week, click here.
What's going on with Mommy Caroline:
Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.
How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: + 8 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yes and loving them!
Sleep: Is back to waking up a few times a night... however Mike just got me a Boppy Total Body Pillow for Christmas which has changed my sleeping. I missed it while I was in Florida this week.
Best moment this week: Starting to feel the baby move more and more... Also seeing baby girl Schaab on my birthday!
Movement: She continues to move around more and more. Now waiting for the kicks to start... Especially the ones that you can feel from the outside! I know Mike is very excited for this as well as he listens to my belly trying to hear her.
Food cravings: Fresh cut Florida cantaloupe - it just tastes so good and juicy in Florida! I'm still really all about any sort of fresh cut fruit.
Labor Signs: Not yet. :)
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: I actually really enjoy being pregnant! :)
What I am looking forward to: More movement! Especially for Mike to be able to feel her moving! I'm also hoping to be a finalist with my Christmas baby bump photo in Belly Bar's Holly Jolly Belly Contest. To see the other entries, click here.
We're half way through! Only about 20 more weeks until we meet our baby girl!
Here is another fun website to check out specific to Baby Girl Schaab's development. I always click in the upper right hand corner to make the narrator the baby - very cool. Check it out!
Hopefully I'll be able to add a 20 week belly picture tonight! :)