Size: Length of an English Hothouse Cucumber (14 inches)
feel bigger the next day. Robert has noticed a change in the shape (and size) of my belly which tells me this pain is probably due to baby boy going through a growth spurt.
Lots of growing pains. After a painful day/night I
A few days away on the beach! Also, this is the last week of my second trimester, which is hard to believe. I am looking forward to the last trimester and all of the fun things we have planned. Baby A is well loved already and we can't wait to meet him.
|Baby A, length of a hothouse cucumber!|
What's the baby up to?
- The baby measures 14 inches long and weighs over 1.7 pound.
- The feet are 2 inches (5cm) long (how adorable). Hands are very active (yes they are).
- The baby's eyes begin to open around this time.
The fetal brain scan will show response to touch. Touching and playing with the baby is possible now, as they may respond to your touch through your belly wall (Robert was poking him the other night and he kept kicking back. It was cute). Brain growth continues with brain wave activity for the visual and auditory systems starting to develop. Baby is probably very active in the womb, as the most active weeks are typically between weeks 24 and 28.
You may begin feeling your belly tighten and relax at odd moments or irregular intervals. These are Braxton Hicks contractions. Many babies have developed a predictable routine for sleep and active periods.
You may be experiencing shortness of breath as the uterus is very close to the rib cage at this stage. Some moms are not able to fully expand their rib cages; however, this does not negatively affect the baby in any way.