From BabyCenter: The ball of cells — now called an embryo — growing inside your uterus is the size of an apple seed. It's divided into three layers that will later form organs and tissues. Low on the sides of the head are two folds of tissue that will become the ears.
The neural tube — from which the brain, spinal cord and nerves, and backbone will sprout — develops in the top layer. The heart and the circulatory system begin to appear in the middle layer. The third layer starts to house the lungs, intestines, and beginnings of the urinary system. In the meantime, the early version of the placenta, the chorionic villi, and the umbilical cord, which delivers nourishment and oxygen to the baby, are already on the job.
If you haven't already tried a home pregnancy test, taking one now will confirm your pregnancy. Once you get confirmation, you should call your healthcare provider and make an appointment. Good and consistent prenatal care is one of the best ways to ensure that you and the baby will be healthy throughout pregnancy.
2004.05.14. so, I'm pregnant!
Well. Talk about scheduling. According to my ovulation calendar, I conceived on my anniversary (April 26); then, I took the pregnancy test on Mother's Day (May 9). This baby is destined to be a celebration.
During my pregnancy with Everett, I was one of the lucky ones. Though I was beset by sudden and sometimes alarming shortness-of-breath, and had some typical in the first trimester, I was lucky to have virtually no nausea, varicose veins, swelling, or any of those other pregnancy symptoms that we all dread (I was especially afraid that I might grow a shoe size...all my beautiful shoes! Fortunately, my feet were spared).
The scuttlebutt among the mamas is that pregnancies with girls make you more nauseous than pregnancies with boys. Of course, there is absolutely zero medical research backing this up, but that doesn't stop me from theorizing like crazy. So I'm waiting for that tell-tale difference. Thus far, the pregnancy hasn't been much different, but it's REALLY early yet. I can still feel a change emerging in my body, slowly, inexorably, and it's a really awesome feeling.
The baby should be born sometime in January, just about exactly 2 1/2 years after Everett. The timing seems so right...Everett will be eligible for preschool on the baby's birthday, so we can hope for a seamless transition.
2004.05.15. yoga and breath
I've decided that I need a consistent pregnant mama mind-body workout routine, so I went to check out One With Heart on 43th and Hawthorne. My sister-in-law and her little sister do martial arts there, and coincidentally, the yoga teacher who is connected to the Cleveland track program (she's the assistant cross country coach and de facto team yogi) just moved there. I think this will be my major prenatal expense.
I started thinking about yoga when my shortness-of-breath came back bigtime Friday at work...I had to start taking deep through-the-nose yoga breaths to keep from wanting to lie down. I immediately started calling around for schedules and ended up with a 10:30 class at One With Heart this morning.
Although the Saturday morning instructor doesn't quite live up to Elizabeth (the cross country guru), the class was wonderful, just what I needed. My lungs felt strong and my body felt powerful throughout the session. So here comes the tough part of pregnancy with child...I'm going to have to carefully schedule my classes to coincide with times that Everett has care.
Whatever it takes, it's worth it. My recent infatuation with the mind/body connection, the holistic approach to life, quantum physics and kinetic energy, naturopathy, herbal remedies, and the like makes yoga such an obvious choice. And I'm definitely not the demographic for prenatal "gentle" yoga...I'd rather modify regular yoga as my body changes. Oh, and I need a pair of those cool maternity yoga pants. This is going to be so much fun! Oooh...my body just reminded me that it might not be (yucky heartburn...didn't even know what it was before launching into the world of pregnancy).
2004.05.16 growing and stirring
As I lie in bed, luxuriating in the ability to lie on my back or stomach without guilt or discomfort (only a month or two more!), I can feel the dull ache in my belly as my uterus starts pushing those pesky intestines out of the way. It's a lot like a deep, dull hunger, almost as if a knot is tightening inexorably inside me.
My body is starting to throw those sharp pains at me as muscles begin their progression and my digestive system complains at being thrown out of its comfort zone. My muscles in my back, shoulders and abdomen are sore from a tough yoga class yesterday, so everything groans as my body makes room for its new tenant.
It's wonderful and frightening at once. Every twinge, after all, could be a sign of trouble. It's tough being pregnant; your hormones are raging, emotions are at an all-time high, your body is complaining, and every sudden pain or dull ache is simultaneously welcome and terrifying. I can only take my deep yoga breaths and remind myself that I am healthy, that everything will go according to God's plan, that I and my unborn baby are thriving. It's not easy, though, to believe it every minute.