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I'm following a first-time pregnant mom, 19-year-old bam61907, on her exciting journey from bump to baby. Check back every Wednesday for the latest developments!
What's Happening with Mom: I've been so into feeling the baby kick this week -- it's been awesome! I felt him kick six times in one minute the other night.
Another highlight was the surprise gift of cute new baby clothes from my friend Jessica. She's been really supportive of my pregnancy and always interested in getting the latest updates. My mom has been great, too. We've always been close, but now I call several times a day to chat, ask questions, and update her.
This week I have been extremely tired. I'm a belly sleeper, and it feels weird now to sleep on my stomach, so I'm having to adjust. I still have the cramping (which the doctor says is just stretching or round ligament pain) every day. I've had an increased appetite and toast sounds really good to me. I was craving a Starbucks Frap today and I'm so proud of myself because I didn't give in!
The thing I'm most focused on now is counting down the days until my big ultrasound to find out the sex. I am so anxious. I'll be happy with either a boy or a girl, but I know Justin would love to have a little boy.
What's Happening with Baby: I'm about six inches long now -- half a foot! Motor neurons in my brain continue to develop, allowing for voluntary muscle movements which you'll feel increasingly in the coming weeks. My delicate, thin skin is protected by a soft, downy hair called lanugo and a white, pasty substance known as vermix.
Question of the Week from Answers
If you like to sleep on your belly, how long can you continue to do so? -- Anonymous
Until it's uncomfortable for you! -- SuperMommy0212
The answer varies for everyone, but basically until it gets uncomfortable. Your baby is well protected in there so don't worry about hurting him. -- asmith62877
I'm a stomach sleeper, too, and I ended up using a large pillow to kind of sleep half on my tummy and half on the pillow towards the end of my pregnancies. -- Trinjo
Talk to your doctor about the best positions for sleep.