This week’s major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you’d find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.
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On Thursday we will have completed week 6 of pregnancy! Tater-tot is growing
more and more each day and I am feeling more pregnant each day. The familiar symptoms have returned, just like with Jack- super tired, a little nausea (right now) and a sore chest. I was in the hospital last week due to pain in my lower abdomen. I was afraid something was wrong but it turns out, I just have a lot of scar tissue that is tugging and pulling on my organs as my uterus begins to grow. That happens a lot with women who have had c-sections previously (at least that is what I am told). This Friday we go for our first regular OB check up at Dr. Finazzo’s office. He is working in conjunction with my High-Risk OB Dr. Mason to follow his plan of care for Tater-tot.

Every day I take 3 cc’s of Innohep by injection along with my Folgard and a pre-natal vitamin with DHA. We are hoping that this routine will prevent any blood clots from forming around or within Tater-tot’s placenta or cord. I feel like nurse Emily everyday when I have to use the needles. The Folgard will also help make sure that the baby gets all the folic acid it needs to grow properly and to help prevent birth defects like spina bifida.

The funny thing about this pregnancy is that I could swear my stomach has already popped a little bit. I can feel it and I know it’s not just because I’m fat because this is a different kind of stickin out. My belly is also very hard.

Well, that’s about it for now, please keep those good thoughts coming so we can keep going at a hopefully uneventful pace!

~EH

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