Pregnancy Update – 14 weeks

This picture was actually taken last week since my photographer (aka Paul) is out of town.

Bump Analysis?  In hindsight, this is a bad picture to use, because the scarf blocks any bump that there is.  I just look like I’m putting on some weight in my stomach area… waiting for the day I actually look pregnant.

Trimester? Hey there 2nd Trimester!! Woohoo!!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a lemon!  3.4 inches long and 1.5 oz!

Development? This week the kidneys, liver, and spleen start doing their jobs.  The baby is also growing peach fuzz like hair all over their body to keep them warm!

Testing?  We declined testing for Cystic Fibrosis, but apparently the labs were run anyways with the rest of my blood work.  The test came back negative which is good news, but now I get to battle the insurance company/lab on the nice bill we received in the mail. We went back and forth on the Nuchal Translucency (NT) exams (tests for down syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities, and major heart defects).  I thought it would be a good idea to help prepare us if something was wrong, we would be able to research and look into specialists, etc, but it ultimately would not have changed our decision to continue the pregnancy.  After some discussions, we decided it was best for us to decline the testing, and to leave it in God’s hands… but when we got to the doctor last Thursday, that was apparently the only reason for our ultrasound.  We were so anxious to see our baby at this point, and did not want to wait until 20 weeks. So we did that test, and we are waiting on the results.  According to our Ultrasound Tech, everything looked good, they just needed to combine the measurements with more blood work.  It was totally worth it though, because it gave us these precious pictures of our little Junebug 🙂

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Weight Gain? 1-2 lbs

Symptoms? Morning sickness is finally going away, meanwhile the dizziness and headaches are popping in more frequently.  I have areas of really dry skin on my face, and I’ve had to switch deodorants because I was having a reaction.  Pregnancy does weird things to your body…

Cravings?  Can I please have all the Frosted Flakes?  Seriously… all of them.

Aversions? Poultry, but strangely I am okay if it’s fried… go figure.  I can also eat it if I don’t see it prepared… I guess it’s the raw chicken that is really grossing me out.  I didn’t even have 1 piece of turkey on Thanksgiving.

What I miss?

  • Coffee – particularly Starbucks Latte’s.  Yes I know I can have a little bit of caffeine, but I’m really trying to avoid it as much as possible.  A little sip here and there doesn’t hurt though.
  • Publix Subs
  • I’m not a big drinker, but all I’ve wanted since the week we found out we were pregnant is a margarita…

Maternity Clothes?  I am currently still wearing all of my clothes… but I’m in the awkward stage where my clothes fit, but they definitely don’t fit right.  For example, shirts are tighter than they should be, and I leave a hairtie around the button on my jeans.  They fit when I first put them on, but after I eat my stomach pops out, and then it’s just more comfortable to undo that first button!