21 Weeks Pregnant

22 Sep
Well last Wednesday after the ultrasound was the first time I felt flutters that I was really confident were baby kicks.  But I haven’t felt anything (not even digestive rumbling) since then.  Michael swears he felt something when he had his hand on my belly a few nights ago, but it doesn’t seem likely to me that he would feel something in my belly that I couldn’t, other than gas.  Anyway, either the baby is really gentle, or I’m just really insensitive.
"Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long. His eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed. And you can certainly feel him move. [No I can’t!] He’s oblivious to your schedule, though, so don’t be surprised if he starts working out just when you’re settling down for the night. If you’re having a girl, her vagina is formed now, though it will continue to develop until birth. "
"The amniotic fluid that has cushioned and supported your baby in the uterus now serves another purpose. Your baby’s intestines have developed enough that small amounts of sugars can be absorbed from the fluid he or she swallows and will be passed through the digestive system to the large bowel. Almost all of your baby’s nourishment, however, still comes from you through the placenta.

Up until now your baby’s liver and spleen have been responsible for the production of blood cells. (The fetal liver produces blood cells right up until the time of birth.) But now the bone marrow spaces are developed enough to contribute to blood cell formation as well."


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