18 Weeks!



18 weeks pregnant today! Almost halfway there! :) The above is a screenshot of an iPhone app I use called BabyBump. It is packed with features, but these pages are my favorite. Every week, BabyBump has a new screen which tells me Baby’s approximate size, weight, and a food item (usually fruit or veggie) that is close in size. There is also a cute little picture of what Baby should look like at this stage in his/her development. Below all that fun stuff is information on Baby’s development, changes to expect with my body, and a health tip. Here’s what it has to say for this week:

Baby – Many of the bones in your baby’s body are starting to harden. Among these first bones to develop is the inner ear which is part of the reason why your baby might be able to hear sounds such as your heart beating or your tummy growling.

Body – As you settle into your second trimester you’ll likely gain your appetite back. Eating healthy and getting enough protein is important at this stage as your body needs approximately 300 extra calories to help your baby develop. Equally important is continuing with exercising; keep moderation in mind and do not begin any new, strenuous workouts.

Health Tip – Dairy is a good source of calcium, important for your developing baby (you need approximately 1200 to 1500mg a day). However, avoid unpasteurized milk often found in soft cheese such as feta, Camembert, brie and Roquefort, a common source of listeriosis, a form of food poisoning.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? I’ve been posting the text included under the Baby heading on Facebook, but I’ll start sharing it all on here.

I think it’s pretty exciting that Baby can hear my heartbeat and tummy growls! But I can’t help but wonder… what does my tummy growling really sound like? Is it scary? If I was a baby I’d probably be thinking: “oh crap, I’m under attack!” At least with the way my tummy growls – it’s pretty damn loud.

Midwife appointment tomorrow! I love my little sweet potato :)

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