|17 weeks and 2 days|
1st Baby Bump photo
I saw Dr. Villers today. Our August Arrival had a 145 bpm heart rate, and everything sounded good. It was a rather quick appointment to check the heart rate. I also had to have blood taken to test for certain birth defects as well. The next Dr. Villers appointment is in 4 weeks; however, the next ultrasound is on 4.12.12.
I busted out the maternity clothes on March 10th, so it fills good to let the baby belly hang out. I'm starting to get more of a baby bump. I do agree that you starting showing a lot sooner with the second baby. After reviewing my "baby bump" photos from my first pregnancy, I looked about this far along at 22 weeks the first time.
It is still hit or miss as to those who notice from those who have no idea. The ones who notice, are very forward about it and the ones who don't are shocked and say "wow, you hide it so well."
The crown to rump length is now up to 13cm (5.12 inches) and the weight is now around 140g (4.94 ounces), which is double what it was 2 weeks ago.
How big are you?
Your uterus is now about 2 inches below your bellybutton. You are now showing quite a bit and there is an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. By this time maternity clothing is a must for comfort sake, as you would have probably gained about 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.6 kg) by now. (I've gained 10 lbs by today...ugh!)
How is your baby developing and growing?
There is a definite change in the appearance of your baby and he/she is beginning to look more human like. This week will show lots of growth and development, especially as your babys weight will increase six time over the course of the next four weeks.Fat deposits, also known as adipose tissue, will begin to be evident over the next few weeks. Fat is important for the body as it aids in heat production and metabolism.
By this stage of your pregnancy you should have felt your baby move, if you haven't yet then you should feel him move within the next few weeks. There are certain factors which may make it difficult to feel your baby move, such as position of the placenta - but at some stage over the next few weeks you should feel baby move.