Week 24. Wow, it seems to be going so quickly now. Maybe that's because I definitely look pregnant:
Sorry about the flash. Graeme is away, and the 'hold the camera out and click' thing doesn't get the angle or the full glory of the growing belly.
I've been feeling really good, although I'm sorry to report that the heartburn has returned, which I knew it would, but it was quite nice when it was gone for a few days. Otherwise, no side effects to report. She is very active, and continues to improve her aim at punching my bladder. I'm really enjoying this second trimester, it's just like they say - the honeymoon trimester.
I failed to post last week's developmental milestones. Week 23:
- Proportions of the body are now quite similar to a newborn although thinner since she hasn't begun to form body fat.
- Bones located in the middle ear harden. She is able to hear.
- The eyes are formed, though the iris still lacks pigmentation.
- The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. She has begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars.
- If born now, your baby has a 15% chance of survival, his odds going up with each passing day. .
And week 24:
- Bring on the bulk! Baby gains about 6 ounces this week. The weight is in muscle, bone mass and organs.
- Her body begins to fill out with his appearance increasingly becoming more like a newborn.
- Taste buds begin to form.
- Little creases have appeared on the palms. The muscular coordination of his hands has improved.
- Over the next seven days the sweat glands will be forming in the skin.
- Lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily.
- This week the baby is officially considered viable.