Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 weeks

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
And that's the update this week. The size of limes... based on the last ultrasounds they are probably both right on, as they have measured exactly right every time. I still feel alright, although the doctor took me off of the metformin, and ever since then I have been a lot more tired, and a lot less hungry. Hopefully that will taper off as my body gets used to not having the medicine.

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