Today is the first day of the second trimester. I can't believe 3 months has already passed. I am starting to get some of my energy back. I made it to the gym twice this week and plan to go again this afternoon. It feels so good to have some pep in my step again. Here's the baby's status for this week:
Age of Fetus—12 weeks
By this week most of the major structures are formed in the baby and they continue to grow for the remainder of your pregnancy. The baby begins practicing inhaling and exhaling, sending amniotic fluid in and out of the lungs. This is believed to be an important part of proper formation of the air sacs.
Other changes that are happening:
• The baby is beginning to use its thumb in opposition to other fingers.
• The baby's spleen will start to work with the liver to remove old red blood cells and to create antibodies.
• The baby's muscles in the cheeks are strengthening with sucking motions and salivary glands are beginning to function.
Baby's Size (head to rump) this week: About 3.5 to 4 inches.
Weight : About 1 ounce
Right now your baby is about the size of your computer mouse or small fist.
I sure am anxious to meet this little stinker. :)