Thursday 21 October 2004

now in the lead

It's official: my belly has now outgrown my boobs. My stomach now protrudes out further than my chest. Let me emphasize how dramatic this is by stating that I started pre-pregnancy life as a 38DD. For my bump to actually stick out further is a bit of a feat, really. I'm starting to look a lot like a snowman (or snowwoman, to be more precise), with the top smallest snowball being my head, the middle my boobs, and the biggest snowball is everything else below my boobs. Stick a carrot in my face and dress me up in a top hat, wooooweeee.

In other news, according to, here's Pip's progress this week:

The baby now weighs almost one pound/453 grams, measures nearly 8 inches/just over 20 centimetres long from crown to rump, and is proportioned like a newborn, albeit a thinner version since her baby fat hasn't yet developed. Although she's getting heavier every day, her skin still appears wrinkled because she needs to gain more weight. The lips are distinct and the eyes are formed, though the iris (the coloured part of the eye) still lacks pigment. The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily.

Even this early, the first signs of teeth appear in the form of tooth buds beneath the gum line. Before you know it, your baby will be born, and soon after, her first teeth will come through.

You've probably gained between 12 and 15 pounds/5.4 and 6.8 kilograms. Starting now, you'll begin to put on weight more steadily, averaging about half a pound/225 grams per week.

Apparently he can now recognise my voice, which means I should probably cut down on the swearing. (Or try swearing in other languages.) It's amazing that he's now around 8 inches long; I can remember being excited when he was 3 inches long at our first scan, and fondly remember the days when he got his nickname by being the size of an apple seed. Incredible. Although I've not been obsessed by tracking my weight, I have weighed myself twice since July and it seems that I'm gaining according to "schedule". I've put on 13 pounds so far, which is fine. I bet if I didn't suffer from heartburn, it would have been a lot more. I didn't pig out nearly as much as I normally do when I go to the States, which is probably a good thing.

Speaking of which, if anyone knows of any good natural remedies to help combat heartburn, please let me know. I thank yew!

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