Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Week 27 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs nearly 2 pounds/ 875 grams and measures 14.5 inches/ 36.6 centimetres from head to toe. Her eyes open and close, she sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and she may suck a finger or thumb. 

Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by the 28th week. What do they dream about? No one knows for certain but the brain is active this week as well. The characteristic grooves on the brain's surface start to appear and more brain tissue develops. 

Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of the hiccups, which are common this week and throughout the pregnancy. Your baby has them but is breathing in amniotic fluid rather than air. A paper bag can't cure her hiccups, obviously, but an episode usually lasts only momentarily. The sensation for you may be strange but not unpleasant. 

Since your uterus is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already. Starting now and continuing through the last three months of pregnancy, you may be plagued by leg crampshaemorrhoidsvaricose veins and an itchy abdomen.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/a777/fetal-development---27-weeks-pregnant#ixzz2EhHJTjnX

On 6th december ( my anniversary), I was sleeping during afternoon , when all of a sudden I felt a sudden cramp in my right leg. It was so painful for few minutes then after some time it disappeared. I think so far I have felt 3 leg cramps altogether. Going to work has become very challenging now. I still have to manage 6 weeks before my maternity leave starts. Ponyo is kicking most of the time but she takes a sleep of 2-3 hours in between. My bub has already got a routine :) Can't believe I am in my last trimester already. 

Week 26 of pregnancy

Measuring bub from top to toe with his legs extended, he is about 35.6 centimetres. He weighs a little more than 760 grams. His eyes begin to open around now. Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to the ear is complete. He also continues to take small breaths and although he's only breathing in water and not air, it's still good practice for when he's born. 

Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/a790/fetal-development---26-weeks-pregnant#ixzz2EhGjNHya

Braxton Hicks contractions have increased more. I remember during Aarav's time, I used to get them mainly during evenings but this time I could feel them 24 hours. Feel so good that I don't have to worry about Gestational diabetes.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Glucose Test challenge result

I went to see my obstetrician yesterday and she said that my results have come out to be normal. That's a big relief. I have been eating so much of sweets that I was worried that it will be high this time. But it all depends on how much insulin is produced in the body during pregnancy. In some women, because of the extra pressure on pancreas, it's not able to produce sufficient insulin and as a result it leads to high blood sugar. Women who are diagnosed with Gestational diabetes have to take extra care towards their diet and some might have to take a insulin injection. Thank God, I don't have it and now I can enjoy eating mangoes :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week 25 of pregnancy

The baby now weighs nearly 660 grams and is approximately 35 centimetres long from crown to heel. He makes breathing movements but has no air in his lungs yet. At 26 weeks, fetal brain scans show response to touch. If you shine a light on your abdomen, your baby will turn his head, which according to researchers, means his optic nerve is working. 

Your fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling achy and numb. The carpal tunnel in the wrist is swollen, as are many other tissues in your body. Nerves that run through the tunnel end up pinched, creating pressure that manifests itself as shooting or burning pain. Wearing a brace may help; so will taking vitamin B6. Talk to your midwife or doctor about other ways to cope. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/25weeks/#ixzz2DOVz57rI

I had my Glucose challenge test done yesterday. It will take 2-3 days for the result to come out. I am seeing my obstetrician on thursday. It's getting very tiring now. At times, I get sharp needle like pain on the sole of my feet specially while walking. It lasts for few seconds. Feel too tired now to cook and eat. For past few days, Aarav has become too demanding. I get so tired after spending few hours with him and then I start to feel irritated and angry. But his cute actions calms me down after some time :)

I wish my maternity leave could start from tomorrow but I have to still wait for 9 weeks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Week 24 of pregnancy

Bub is growing steadily. Her body is filling out and taking up more room in the uterus (womb) but her skin is still thin and fragile. 

For all you know, baby may also be developing a weakness for sweets! Her tastebuds are forming, and, believe it or not, acquiring a sweet tooth is all part of it. The other big milestone your baby reaches is that she may now survive, with specialist care, if she is born prematurely.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/stages/0124/#ixzz2CihfRVue

In last one week, Braxton Hicks contractions have increased specially during the night time. Ponyo/Enyo kicks have become more prominent. I remember, during aarav's time i felt the first butterfly kick on 22nd november 2009 and this time I have been feeling them since week 12 only. 16 weeks more to go. During Aarav's time , I was unable to eat any sweets but this time I actually get the craving to eat sweet along with spicy things. No wonder, they say that every bub is unique :)

I will be undergoing glucose test some time this week. Overall, this week has been very tiring and exhausting. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Week 23 of pregnancy

Within your baby's lungs, blood vessels are developing in preparation for breathing. Your baby is also swallowing regularly, though he won't do his first poo until after he's born. Around now, your baby can start to hear. Sounds going on inside your body, such as your beating heart and your gurgling tummy, are the clearest for him at first.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/stages/0123/#ixzz2CBVmWywy

While brushing my teeth, I notice blood at times. It's doesnt happen every day just once in a while. Bump is growing day by day. For past few weeks, my ankles have started to swell. It was diwali yesterday and don't know from some where I got hell lot of energy to do the whole preparation as if ponyo/enyo wanted to enjoy it thoroughly :)
But today I just feel so tried and exhausted. Braxton Hicks contractions have increased as well. 

Week 22 of pregnancy

Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn. Her lips are becoming more distinct and her eyes have developed. Although her irises still lack pigment, her eyebrows and eyelids are in place. Her pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily. The first signs of teeth are even showing below her gum line.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/stages/0122/#ixzz2CBUwzc2Q

This week has been very tiring. My colleagues think that I am carrying twins the way I am showing up.LOL.
It's really nice to see the way Aarav speaks with ponyo/Enyo and I am pretty sure he is going to be a very caring brother.

Week 21 of pregnancy

Bubs eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and his fingernails now cover his fingertips. If you've started to feel your baby's movements, you can look forward to more action in the coming weeks. You may discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/stages/0121/#ixzz2CBURrUaw

Feels so nice to cross the half way mark. I am loving each and every day even though some days are not so good.

Monday, October 29, 2012

20th week

Bub measures about 6.5 inches/ 16.5 centimetres from crown to rump and is steadily gaining weight. A whitish coat of a slick, fatty substance called vernix caseosa begins to cover your baby and protects the skin during its long immersion in amniotic fluid. It also eases delivery. The baby's swallowing more this week, good practice for the digestive system. After your baby takes in amniotic fluid, his body absorbs the water in the liquid and moves the rest into the large bowel. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/20weeks/#ixzz2AeIWtMoH

It's such an amazing feeling that I have reached half way mark. Ponyo's kicking is increasing day by day and I am loving them. Some days I feel too energetic and some days I just feel the opposite.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Feel low

Since yesterday, I don't feel too good. Came to know that my parents won't be coming for my delivery as my mother's health is not so good. I was eagerly waiting for their arrival as it was their first trip. I don't want my mum to fall sick when I can't take care of her. So we told them not to worry about it. My first post pregnancy delivery period didnt go too good. The first 3-4 months were very painful for me as I was getting infection again and again and bleeding wasn't just stopping. I really feel that a mother needs more emotional and physical support after the delivery for the first few months. At that time she wants someone who can love her, take care of her, rather than counts the favors ,she needs someone who could just come and caress her and tell her that it will be alright. I feel lucky in a way that my hubby is very caring in that regard but I know that he is not going to get much time as he has to go to work and look after Aarav as well. I just hope that I recover well and also get my muscles tightened quickly

19th week scan

Finally saw ponyo again. The moment I entered the room, I told the technician that I want to find out the gender. First of all she took all the pictures and then later on showed me bub's stomach, heart, spinal, head etc and she told me that it might be Ponyo as she couldn't see anything between legs. But there is no guarantee. So I still can't shop for pink.Kunal, my hubby, couldn't come for the scan as he got stuck in a meeting. Missed him but will be seeing ponyo again next week when I go for checkup. The good thing about a private doctor is that she does a scan at every checkup.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

19 weeks pregnant

The top of your uterus now reaches the belly button and will grow about a centimetre per week. The fetus measures around 15 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs about 240 grams. 

She has started to swallow amniotic fluid, and her kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on the scalp is sprouting. 

Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses -- taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch -- are now developing in their specialised areas of the brain. Nerve cell production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections. If you're carrying a baby girl, she already has roughly six million 
eggs in her ovaries. By the time she's born, she'll have about one million. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/19weeks/#ixzz29QNiFRG5

Feels so nice that I am about to reach half way. Enyo's butterfly flutters have increased. Early morning I could feel him all awake and kicking for an hour. Got a very bad stretching pain in lower abdomen since morning, hopefully it will go away in a while. I received Julia Tuplers Perfect pushing along with the splint yesterday. Will start doing my tupler exercises again to prevent more muscle separation. Feel so excited that I will be seeing Enyo/Ponyo again this afternoon during 19 week scan. will try to find out gender if he/she remains cooperative. Feel so good that my hubby and aarav both will be coming for scan. I am waiting to see Aarav's reaction :)

18 weeks pregnant

Bub is approximately 14.2 centimetres long from crown to rump and she weighs about 190 grams. Her chest moves up and down to mimic breathing but she's not taking in air, only amniotic fluid

A mid-pregnancy 
ultrasound scan is often done sometime in the second trimester (usually between 18 and 20 weeks) to assess fetal growth and development, screen for certain birth defects and check the placenta and umbilical cord. During this scan, you might see your baby kick, flex, reach, roll, or even suck her thumb.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/18weeks/#ixzz29QMj1d1u

I am showing up fast. Whoever looks at me, thinks I am in last trimester. It's all because of muscle separation, i think. Last weekend was a long weekend and we went to Bateman's bay for 2 days trip with our friends. It was a relaxing trip and even bub enjoyed. It's really nice to see how Aarav comes and kisses on my tummy and talks to Enyo.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

17 weeks pregnant

Bub is now 13 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs approximately 140 grams. Her skeleton is mostly rubbery cartilage, which will harden later. A protective substance called myelin slowly begins to wrap around the spinal cord. 

With the help of a special stethoscope, you can now hear your baby's heartbeat. There's almost nothing more comforting or exciting than hearing your baby's heartbeat galloping along. On days when you're worried about how your pregnancy is progressing, hearing the heartbeat lets you know that your baby's developing and growing. For times when boredom strikes and you feel as if you'll be pregnant forever, it can be a pleasant reminder of what will come at the end of 40 weeks of waiting. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/17weeks/#ixzz286RwhKkw

I completed 17 weeks today. I am having my morphological scan in 2 weeks of time. Feel excited that I will be seeing my bub again soon. I call my bub Enyo ( if it's a boy) and at times ponyo ( if it's a gal).I love the way, Aarav ( my first son) comes and kisses on my tummy and talks to Enyo. Last night  he came and put his ears on my tummy and said mummi Enyo making noises in the tummy in water. I was so amused how the little brain is observing things. Then he looked at my belly button and asked me what's this. I told him that Enyo eats his food via this, to my surprise he pretended that he is feeding food to my belly button so that Enyo can eat. Waiting for the day when he will hold Enyo/Ponyo and will talk to him/her. I am sure he is going to be a very caring brother.

Yesterday, I was so energetic but today I just feel the opposite. This long weekend we are planning of going to Bateman's bay for a break. Looking forward to it. 

16 weeks pregnant

Bub is now about the size of an avocado (11.6 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighing 100 grams). In the next three weeks he'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, doubling his weight and adding centimetres to his length. 

In or out of the womb, babies are playful creatures. Yours may already have discovered his first toy -- the umbilical cord -- which he'll enjoy pulling and grabbing. Sometimes he may even clutch it so tight that less oxygen gets through, but don't worry -- he doesn't hold onto it long enough to harm himself. The circulatory system and urinary tract are in full working order, and he's inhaling and exhaling 
amniotic fluid through his lungs. 

Sometimes, when you move suddenly, you may a feel a slight pain in your sides. Ligaments on each side of your uterus and pelvic walls are stretching as your baby grows. It's normal to feel some pain, but if it continues for a few days or escalates, talk to your midwife. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/16weeks/#ixzz286QE8LJE

Some days I feel so energetic and some days I just don't even feel like getting out from the bed. It's gets really difficult at times to stay professional at the same time. I am able to fall asleep at night but because of pressure on bladder I have to get up once or twice during the night and then I stay awake for some time.
I have started craving again. This week I felt like eating Indian Kadhi and my dearest hubby cooked it for me :)

15 weeks pregnant

The fetus weighs in at around only 70 grams. It is 11 centimetres long, crown to rump. Legs are growing longer than the arms now, fingernails are fully formed and all the joints and limbs can move. You may be able to find out the gender of your baby by ultrasound now, since the external genitals may be developed enough that the ultrasound technician can tell you if you're going to have a boy or a girl. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/15weeks/#ixzz286PQDYUk

Appetite is still the same, morning sickness has started to disappear now. I am throwing out only once or twice in a day now.

Monday, September 17, 2012

14 weeks pregnant

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

I can feel that uterus has moved up above the pubic  bones. I have started feeling butterfly movements since week 12 but now I feel it atleast once in a day. By end of the day, when I come back from work, I feel so exhausted and can feel the tightening in the lower abdomen. I am seeing my doctor on 14th september for a general checkup and to find out about week12 scan results. Unlike last time, I am not getting lots of craving and my appetitie is still less. Everytime I have to force myself to eat. 

13 weeks pregnant

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.


I had my week 12 ultrasound on 31st aug 2012. Saw Ponyo/Enyo wiggling her/his hands. The technician had a hard time taking all the pictures as my little bu was very active and wasn't cooperating much. Atlast, she/he took the desired pose and the technician took all the required pictures. After that I went for blood test  and the combined risk resul will come out in a week.

 It was such an amazing feeling to see the bub developing inside me. Though it's my second pregnancy but I feel excited just as the first one.  Morning sickness has reduced a lot but now I have started to feel very tired. Appetite hasn't increased yet.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

12 Weeks pregnant

Baby's face is beginning to look more human, even though she is only about 5.5cms long from her crown to her rump and weighs 14 grams. The eyes, which started out on the sides of the head, have moved closer together. The ears are almost in their normal position on the side of the head. The liver is making bile and the kidneys are secreting urine in the bladder. 

The fetus squirms if the abdomen is prodded, although its too early to  feel movement. Fetal nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly and synapses (neurological connections in your brain) are forming. The fetus has acquired more reflexes: touching the palms makes the fingers close, touching the soles of the feet makes the toes curl down and touching the eyelids makes the eye muscles clench. 

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/12weeks/#ixzz24vatEGv4

I completed week 12 on 28.08.2012. Morning sickness, to my relief, has become much better. Not throwing up every hour now. I could feel that uterus has moved in the lower abdomen. If I stand for too long,  I start to feel breathless. I have booked for Nuclear Translucence test on 31st August. Feel so excited that I will be seeing my bub again.

11 weeks pregnant

Measuring from the crown of his head to his rump, little 4-centimetre fetus has all his parts, from tooth buds to toenails. Bub is busy kicking and stretching; his movements are so fluid they look like water ballet. Fingers and toes have fully separated. Now the fetus's main task during the next six months will be to grow larger and stronger until it can survive on its own outside the womb. 

A dark vertical line of pigmentation, called the linea nigra, may appear on the abdomen. Uterus has risen above pelvic bones  

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/11weeks/#ixzz24vZnMFam

I haven't developed linea nigra yet but my abodmen looks very stretched and bloated. Waiting for morning sickness to end.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week 10

The fetus is only about three centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs less than four grams. Even so, it's busily swallowing and kicking. Each day more minute details start to appear, such as fingernails and peach-fuzzy hair. 

The vital organs -- the liver, kidneys, intestines, brain, and 
lungs -- are fully formed and functional, while the head is almost half the length of the entire body. The forehead temporarily bulges and sits high on the head, but later will change into a more human-like feature.

With the help of a doppler, a hand-held soundwave stethoscope, you can hear the fetus's rapid heartbeat -- one expectant mother likened it to the sound of tiny horses galloping. 

Uterus size-  size of a grapefruit

I still have morning sickness which is worse during evening and night. Whatever I eat, I throw out that.
Feel tired most of the time. I might have lost 1 kg of weight. I have to book for week 12 ultrasound and blood test. Hopefully, 2 more weeks of morning sickness only.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First ultrasound

As my periods have been very confusing, my gynae asked me to undergo dating scan.  On 13th August, I saw my fetus wiggling its cute hands. It's heartbeat was 175.  Only after seeing it, I started to feel that I am actually carrying a tiny life inside me. So far I was thinking that I was 8 weeks pregnant but the technician told me that I will be 10 weeks on 14th august and the due date is 12th march 2013. How exciting, now I have an accurate date. She also showed us the cord. Fetus measures 2.8 cm at this stage. 

Week 9

At week's end, the fetus measures approximately 2.3 centimetres long. In both shape and size, it resembles a peapod and weighs less than 2 grams. The eyelids are fused and won't open until week 27. The wrists are more developed, ankles have formed, and the fingers and toes are clearly visible. Arms are growing longer and bend at the elbows. By week's end, the inner workings of the ears are complete. Though you can't yet identify the sex of the fetus by ultrasound, its genitals have begun to form. By now the placenta has developed enough to support most of the critical job of producing hormone

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/09weeks/#ixzz23bRhsMbp

Week 9 had been very stressful for me. As morning sickness started the day we returned to Canberra and Aarav developed a scary blister on his right foot. May be because he was walking bare feet on the beach, he developed some kind of skin irritation. I had to take off from work as the poor boy wasn't able to walk for 2 days. On thursday, 9th August, I went to office and during night I developed severe pelvic pain. The pain was similar to what I had developed in the first labour. On friday morning, I called up my gynae and she asked to undergo urine test. The pain started to radiate in hips and it started to shoot up in the lower abdomen. I got very scared , luckily there was no bleeding and the pain became mild by evening.
I tried to take rest through out the day and used the wheat bag.

Week 8

Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from bub's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Bub about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though I still can't feel it.

Read more at http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-8-weeks_1097.bc

Since my first pregnancy, I have pain during my belly button and few weeks before only doctor told me that I have umbilical hernia which is very minor at this stage. So I am doing core exercise 3 times a day as suggested in Tuppler technique and wearing a splint most of the time. We are still in Fiji and I am trying to walk as much as I can. We are going back on 4th August to Canberra. I have severe deficiency of Vit D so I am basking in sun, enjoying it. Haven't started vomitting yet, but nausea has increased. I am hoping not to get morning sickness in the next few days:)

Week 7

Now about 1.25 centimetres long, the size of a grape, the embryo has distinct, slightly webbed fingers and toes. It's a jumping bean, moving in fits and starts. The liver is churning out large amounts of red blood cells until the bone marrow forms and takes over this rol

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/07weeks/#ixzz23bNzM0hu

Week 7 was same as week 6 for me. Didn't develop any new symptom, may be because I was excited about the relaxing trip to Fiji islands for a week. We left for Fiji on 28th. The flight journey wasn't bad as I was trying to walk when I could and was eating Jelly beans and ginger whenever I felt sick. We reached Fiji at 6:45 pm. Then we did a road journey of 2 hours to reach our destination, Warwick resort.  By the time we reached, it was 11 pm. Though I was tired, still I had the energy to unpack and put things on place.
Next day, we just relaxed at the pool. Aarav was so much excited as he loves swimming.

Week 6

The tiny life is still an embryo at this week and is the size of a bean. Facial features are forming with dark sports where the eyes are, openings where the nostrils will be, and pits to mark the ears. It's hands and feet look like paddles. Heart has divided into the right and left chambers and is beating at about 150 beats a minute.

Read more: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment/06weeks/#ixzz23bLvTeta

I finsihed week 6 on 17th July. I haven't started throwing out yet but feel pukish most of the time. Work was very stressful but to my surprise I coped with it well.

Aarav is going to have a sibling

On 6th july, I took a pregnancy test and to my surprise it came positive. It was the same feeling which i had during Aarav''s time. When the second bar appeared, I thought something is wrong with the test. I took 3 more tests after that  and all of them confirmed it. I thought of calling my hubby immediately who had gone to Sydney but then I thought it would be nice to see his reaction when I tell him. The whole day I just waited for him to come so that I can break the news to him. And when I told him, he also couldn't believe it. He was happy just like me. Though we were not trying for a baby at that time but no one can stop the happiness from coming :)

Aarav is 2.5 year old, when his brother/sister will be born, he will be 3 years old. I think thats the perfect gap between them. He is such an adorable boy who brings joy to us each and every day. I am waiting for the day when both of them will play, giggle together.

We both want to have a girl this time, but whoever comes will bring more happiness in the family.