Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bring on the Pain!!!

17 Week update from

"Your baby weighs about 5 ounces now, about as much as a turnip and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now, rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden into bone. Some of it will remain cartilage for years after he's born. A newborn's skeleton has 300 parts (a combination of bone and cartilage). As your child grows, some of these parts harden and fuse together. By the time your baby reaches adulthood, he'll have just 206 bones."

It's hard to believe that our baby is 5 inches long right now! That seems so much bigger than what I can comprehend!! I started feeling my first pregnancy pains this week. Luckily I had just read something about them, otherwise I might have called the doctor to make sure everything was okay! Right now the ligaments in my stomach are beginning to stretch, preparing my abdomen for the enormous growth spurt it's about to go through. I have only felt the pain a few times, and it has always been on the right side. I'm sure there are many more to come so I might as well get used to them now!

One thing that I have noticed during my pregnancy that just blows my mind is that I no longer have an allergic reaction to the foods that I have been allergic to. For about six years now, I have been taking Zyrtec on a daily basis to counteract the massive, itchy hives that break out all over my body when I eat something I'm allergic to. The three main foods that I'm allergic to are chocolate, chicken and wheat - kinda hard for me to live without those things so the Zyrtec was a must for me!! When I found out I was pregnant, my doctor said I had to stop taking the Zyrtec and swap to Claritin. I absolutely hate Claritin as it does nothing for my hives. But, since I didn't have a choice I figured it was better than nothing. I got to where I would only take it if I broke out, and I realized this week that it's probably been two weeks since I've taken one! Since around the 2nd month, I have not even noticed any hives on my body!! It's amazing to me how that little one inside is causing all of these crazy changes in my body, and some even for the good! I guess only time will tell if I will have to pick the Zyrtec back up again after the baby comes, but I'm definitely hoping those allergies are gone for good!

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