I am now getting closer to the middle of my second trimester. The baby is now on its 26th week! And I have to admit I’m really having a hard time with my second pregnancy. It is not as carefree as my first pregnancy. I easily get exhausted. I’m having difficulties lying on my back. My hip down to my feet ache easily. I’ve been reading on the internet that this stuff is really normal so I’m not that alarmed. I wanted to share with you guys the update that I get from babycenter.com.
How the baby is growing
The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. The baby may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. Also, the baby is now inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. Your baby is continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (about the length of a scallion) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles should soon begin to descend into his scrotum – a trip that will take about two to three months.
How my life is changing
Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly, although it’s probably still lower than it was before you got pregnant. (Typically, blood pressure falls toward the end of the first trimester, and it tends to reach a low at about 22 to 24 weeks.)
If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus – which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve – as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you’re carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why you may feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, as well as bending and lifting, can put a strain on your back. Yes! That lower back ache. I just feel like that everything normal that I’ve done for the day just strains my back. Good thing I rarely feel this while I’m at work.
Last weekend we hosted a small baby shower but didn’t get to do a big reveal since some already know the gender and I have only few friends who attended. But anyway, it’s a BOY! We’ve been hoping it’s a boy this time and yes it is. Thank God! 🙂 That’s all for my fortnightly update of my growing bump. If you feel like I missed anything just let me know. You can leave your comments below or contact me here, and be sure to leave any requests for any posts you’d like to read here on the blog! Thanks for reading! 😉