My reading tells me that the baby is now 5 1/2 inches long crown-to-rump, and weighs in at a whopping 7 ounces. That means that the baby’s body weight has increased by 40% over the 5 ounces he or she weighed last week. I can definitely feel the difference, too.
The baby’s movements are stronger all the time. I find myself distracted frequently, because in the middle of whatever I’m doing I feel a little jab or kick. The movements are moving up higher in my abdomen, as my uterus grows. In fact, I just felt a little poke right below my belly button, whereas earlier flutters were about 3 inches lower. So far they’re not uncomfortable, and they’re not strong enough to wake me up at night, which is good.
My ‘bad mom’ confession is that prior to my pregnancy, the idea of a living being moving around inside my abdominal cavity kind of freaked me out. It’s all so very Alien, you know, something gestating inside of your body. But now that I can feel the movements, I really like them. They make me smile, and give me reassurance that everything’s all right. I enjoy feeling how my baby’s getting bigger and stronger all the time. Grow, baby, grow!