Saturday, January 10, 2009

9W4D Update

I'm still feeling nauseous most of the time and having major food aversions. I cannot wait until I get my appetite back! I'm worried that I'm not getting the right nutrition for fueling Mungee's  growth :( I still have bloated pooch and have started wearing maternity jeans because they are much more comfortable than regular jeans. I'm also starting to feel more fatigued.

Mungee is growing rapidly. S/he is now the size of a medium green olive. S/he is officially moving on from embryo to fetus this week!

The head has straightened out and is more fully developed, the ears are much more prominent, and some new organs (the liver, spleen, and gallbladder) are forming. Your fetus is also making spontaneous movements of his or her arms and legs now that minuscule muscles are beginning to develop. Your baby's heart is developed enough — and grown large enough — so that its beats can be heard with a Doppler, a handheld ultrasound device that amplifies the lub-dub sound the heart makes - we should be able to hear the heartbeat at my next appointment, when I will be almost 11 weeks along!

Your baby's back is straightening out and the tail is shrinking. In proportion to the rest of his body, the head is large and remains curved forwards onto the chest. The head is erect and the neck is developing well. Even though your baby's eyes are well developed, they are covered by a membrane lid. The eyes will not begin to open and close for quite some time still. Your baby will begin to make tiny movements as the muscles start to develop. The arms and hands are progressing faster than the legs and feet at this point. By this time of your baby's development, the hands have defined finger ridges and the tissue between them will die off to leave separate fingers. It is impossible to distinguish a male from a female at this time because external genitalia look very similar at this point.


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