Monday, August 02, 2004

Our Baby Enters the 2nd Trimester
13 weeks today! Goodbye to the first trimester, and on to the second! This is an exciting milestone in any pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage goes way down, and women typically begin to feel much better! The excessive tiredness, sore breasts, frequent urination, and headaches may not disappear altogether, but the magnitude and frequency of these symptoms (and others) lessen in the second trimester. In fact, the second trimester is often referred to as the honeymoon phase of pregnancy, because it comes just after the height of symptoms common in early pregnancy, but just before the uncomfortable stage of the last trimester. Posted here is an online photo of a fetus at 13 weeks. Actually, this pictures is similar to the ultrasound pictures of our baby from last Monday. If you look at the ultrasound photo I posted of our baby's arm, it looks just like the arms pictured in this photo. Same goes for the head (now resting on a neck instead of shoulders), the legs, and the shape of the body. The head now begins to slow in growth during this stage, and the body catches up. --Karli

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