Week 26: Middle Management: Your Protruding Navel
You’re two-thirds of the way through your pregnancy and your uterus is about two and a half inches above your belly button. And speaking of your belly button, have you noticed that it’s taken on a life of its own — a larger-than-life life? Protruding navels may not be your idea of forward fashion (especially when you’re in a bikini, or when your once innie belly button now bulges through tight clothes), but it’s de rigueur for the pregnant set. And it’s easy to understand why. Beginning somewhere around the middle to end of your second trimester, your enlarging uterus swells enough to push your abdomen forward, making your navel pop out like a timer on a well-done turkey (even though you have a way to go before your baby is “well done”). Your belly button should revert back to its regular position a few months after delivery — (though it may have that stretched-out, “lived in” look. Until then, you can look at the bright side of your protruding navel: it gives you a chance to clean out all the lint that’s accumulated there since you were a kid.
And from another source that I get emails from about my baby’s progress weekly:)
Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds; measures around 9.2 inches from crown to rump (or about 14 inches from head to heel); and hears noises, responds to light, and is generally more aware of its surroundings. In the same way that you can see a flashlight if you hold it against your palm, your baby can see the light coming through your belly. You may notice increased activity when in brighter light and decreased activity in darkened rooms. Its hearing is fully developed, and as he or she reacts to sounds, its pulse increases. Your baby will even move in rhythm to music!
So - my belly button will start popping out - that’s great. At least I can clean up that lint! And it’s cute to know that the reason the my son was having fun bouncing around my stomach on Saturday night while at the habs game - was because he can hear noises now, and all the screaming at the game got him excited! Future habs player in the making?
You see - my belly button is ’starting’ to turn out! Not sure if I like it or not! LOL
Going to go feed my nephew lunch (I’m babysitting him while his mom is at shul). More later!