Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Cletus" the fetus

That's what HK is calling Uno, now that we are starting week 10 of the pregnancy. Uno is starting week 8 of life in utero (they start counting pregnancy weeks before you are actually pregnant, which is kind of weird) and is entering the "fetus" phase. Here is what is happening this week:

"The crown-to-rump length of your baby is about 1.25 to 1.68 inches (between 3.1 and 4.2cm). He weighs about 0.18 ounces (5g).

The placenta is now producing progesterone which helps to make nutrients for your developing baby.

Your baby has passed the stage when he is most susceptible to damage. By the end of this week, the danger zone for congenital abnormalities has passed.

The plan for your baby's body has been completely laid down by now. Further growth and cell division will build on this plan.

Taste and tooth buds have appeared.

Your baby has recently developed fingers and toes which are now well-formed. Ankles, wrists and the inner ear have formed. Your baby's nose is flat and his eyes are far apart. His eyes, ears, mouth and nose are all recognizable. The tail is disappearing.

Your baby is moving around the amniotic sac, and moving his feet and ankles. You still will not be able to feel these movements but you may be able to see them on an ultrasound.

Blood is circulating through the arteries and the vein of the umbilical cord.

The brain of your baby is developing at a phenomenal rate. About one quarter of a million new neurons are produced every single minute at this stage in your pregnancy.

If your baby is a boy, his testes, though they are not even clearly visible, are already producing testosterone.

Your baby is no longer called an embryo, but rather a fetus.

So amazing! I am still very tired, but so far still no throwing up - gotta be happy about that. Anyone out there have a puke-free pregancy? Just one more week until we see the regular OB.


sara said...

Wow it's amazing how quickly they grow already and it's only 8 weeks! I'm so glad you're seeing your regular OB next week...getting back to normal. Sounds like you're doing great. My sister had four kids and never any morning sickness...maybe you'll be lucky too. I hope so, that would be great!

kaaron said...

Glad to hear you are doing so well!

Loving the nicknames you and HK create.