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A Little About Nora at Week 30

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Week Thirty: Baby puts on pounds

You are 30 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 28 weeks)

  • Baby measurements are 16 inches and weighs about 3 pounds.
  • Length is 40cm and your baby’s weight is 1.4 kilograms.
  • The head is almost 3.5 inches (8cm) in diameter.
  • The feet are nearly 2.5 inches (6cm) long.
  • The wrinkled skin is becoming smoother now.
  • The baby controls its own body temperature.

For several months, the umbilical cord has been the baby’s lifeline to the mother. Nourishment is transferred from the mothers blood, through the placenta, and into the umbilical cord to the fetus. Their bone marrow is now responsible for red cell production. These red blood cells will continue to service your child’s body by transporting oxygen and removing the wastes. Your baby begins storing iron, calcium and phosphorus.

The fetus now weighs about 3 pounds (1.4kg). He or she will gain about half a pound a week until week 38. Baby is getting fatter and beginning to control its own body temperature. Baby continues to put on fat stores and the major weight gains will occur in the coming weeks. Eyebrows and eyelashes are fully developed, and hair on the head is getting thicker. Head and body are now proportioned like a newborn.

Hands are now fully formed and fingernails are growing. Can be seen on ultrasound scans grasping their other hand or feet, this is helping with nerve development. Eyelids are opening and closing, and will often make rapid eye movements – a sign they could be dreaming.

You may be starting to experience some swelling of your ankles and legs. If you have not experienced any swelling yet, it is highly probable that you will, as approximately 40 to 75 percent of women experience mild swelling related to pregnancy.

Your uterus is now about 4 inches (10cm) above your bellybutton. It may feel like you are running out of room as your uterus grows up under your ribs. However, your fetus, placenta and uterus will continue to get larger, you still have 10 weeks to go. The average weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds (11.5 to 16kg). About half of this weight is concentrated in the growth of the uterus, the placenta, the baby and in the volume of amniotic fluid. At this point, you should be gaining about a pound (500 grams) a week.

Pregnancy Today
It’s a busy week for your baby. Her bone marrow takes over production of red blood cells, meaning she’ll be better able to cope on her own when she’s born. She can also recognize your voice as distinct from other people’s. Research has shown that the fetal heart rate slows down when the mother speaks, suggesting that your baby not only hears and recognizes your voice, but is also calmed by it.

Your baby’s growth in length will slow down, but she’ll continue to gain weight and as that happens the volume of amniotic fluid that surrounds her, which is currently about 25 ounces, will gradually decrease. Also, the fine, downy hair (lanugo) that has covered her body is beginning to disappear as her fat stores increase and help to regulate her body temperature.

Her first bowel movement, known as meconium, is being formed in the intestines. It’s made up of various waste products including lanugo, mucous, amniotic fluid and old skin cells. She’ll pass it in the first 24 hours or so after birth, and it will be dark green and sticky!

Baby Center
Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

The Bump
Baby’s now the size of a squash!
As baby’s skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She’s also adding some brawn — her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

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Updated Birth Plan

Dear Delivery Staff,
Please help me make the birth of Nora very clam, un-rushed, and unstressed. My husband, Michael, and I are planning to have an all natural child birth using the Bradley Method. Please make sure that Michael is available to me at all times during labor and delivery.

Labor:

  • During labor I would like to allow the following people into the room:
    • Michael Marohn (husband)
    • Linda Marohn (mother-in-law)
    • Sharon Terry (my mother)
    • Jamie Taylor (my sister)
    • Sarah Terry (my sister)
    • My Doula (if I decide to have one)
    • and my grandmothers if they so choose
  • If at all possible, I would like to be free to walk around and/or change positions during labor.
  • I would prefer fluids by mouth rather than I.V.
  • In the room, we would appreciate it if the lights where kept low, there was not a lot of distracting noises, and we were able to bring our own music to listen to.
  • My preference is not to have continuous I.V. Fluids.

Anesthesia/Pain Medication:

  • I am well aware that pain medications exist, but please do not offer them, I will ask for them if I need them.

Monitoring:

  • During labor, I would prefer not have have continuous fetal/contraction monitoring, and when I have to have this done, please allow to me lay on my side and not my back.
  • I do not want an internal fetal monitor.

Labor Augmentation/Induction:

  • If at all possible, please do not rupture the membranes, and if it must be done, please wait until at least 7 or 8 cm.
  • I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural methods before Pitocin or any other labor altering drug is administered.

Delivery:

  • During delivery, I would only like to have Michael and my doula present.
  • I would like to try different positions to give birth.
  • Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming my baby is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase. Also, please let me push on my own, and try not assist me with counting.
  • We would appreciate having the lights low.
  • I would like to have my baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery barring any complications.

Immediately After Delivery:

  • Michael would like to cut the cord after it has stopped pulsating.
  • Please allow all procedures that the baby needs done in my presence.
  • If the baby must be taken from the room, I would like to have Michael be able to go with her.

Postpartum:

  • Unless required for health reasons, I do not wish to be separated from my baby.
  • I would like to have the baby “room in” with me at all times.

Breastfeeding:

  • I am planning on breastfeeding, and I would like to be able to breastfeed Nora shortly after birth.
  • Please do not give my baby any bottles of formula or water.
  • I would like to meet with a lactation consultant.

If there are any questions, and I am no position to make a decision, Michael is the only one who can make a decision for me.
Thank you so much for your help in making this a great birthing experience.

~Jennifer Marohn

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How to Talk to Nora

I really like this article. It has been my believe for a long time that children learn better language if you talk to them in your normal tone with normal words easy to understand words. This just backs what I think up, and I found it on eHow.com

    Talk your baby through daily events that happen to her, such as diapering, feeding and naptime, so that she will begin to anticipate them and cooperate with you.

    • When you talk to your baby, use your own natural inflection and way of speaking. Being genuine in this way carries through to other aspects of your life together.
    • Tell your baby before you pick her up or do anything else with her: “I’m going to change your diaper now.” Or, “It’s time for your bottle.” This way, she can begin to anticipate what will happen next. Being able to anticipate daily events gives her a feeling of security and control.
    • Talk her through things that are happening to her, as a doctor or dentist might do with a patient. This adds to her feelings of security.
    • Tell your baby your expectations. Ask for her cooperation when you do things with her, such as bathing her or changing her diaper: “Can you lift your bottom?” Even if she doesn’t completely understand or have the ability to comply, you are involving her in the task and inviting her to cooperate.
    • Tell your baby when you are leaving the room. Even though tears may follow, she will eventually learn to accept the fact that Mommy or Daddy goes away for a time. This type of honesty is better for your child than having a parent who seems to disappear. Disappearing undermines the basic trust that you are trying to establish.

Another thing to consider instead of baby talk would be to sing.

    Singing Benefits for Mom
    Scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany have done a study showing that singing increases Immunoglobin A, which acts as a natural antibiotic in the body, and hydrocortisone, a stress-reduction hormone [Janice Tuck, The Benefits of Singing to Your Baby, January 2007]. The result is an improved immune system, something that all mothers can benefit from, given the challenges that face them each day.

    Talking and singing to your baby every day will give your child a head start on verbal development. Hold conversations with your baby, and sing to them as you complete basic daily tasks. As your baby begins to babble, encourage their efforts at communication.

    http://www.suite101.com/content/importance-of-singing-to-mom-and-baby-a82548#ixzz14Zcy6Ji4

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A Little About Nora at Week 29

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Week Twenty Nine: Movement is more forceful

You are 29 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 27 weeks)

  • Your baby now weighs about 2 and a half pounds (1150gm)
  • and is about 15 inches (38.5cm) long from head to heel.
  • Brain is busy developing billions of neurons.
  • Baby’s muscles and lungs are continuing to mature.
  • The fetus can taste and respond to pain.
  • The milk teeth have developed under the gums.

The baby’s head is growing bigger to accommodate the brain, which is busy developing billions of neurons. The eyes can move in their sockets. They may be able to follow a blinking light. As well as your baby’s increasing sensitivity to changes in light, they may also be able to taste. Various studies show that your baby may indicate preferences or dislike for particular tastes at this stage.

Baby is also moving from side to side, but probably still is head up. In the next few weeks, they will move to the head down birthing position. At times you may feel as if baby is performing somersaults for an olympic gold medal. Baby may be performing fewer movements because living conditions in the womb are becoming more cramped. The baby is still doing a lot of kicking and stretching. Some of your baby’s kicks and punches may even take your breath away.

Baby hears things better from the vibrations all around, and can now distinguish real sounds and voices. Do not forget to continue to ‘teach’ your baby in the womb by exposing them to music, literature, and simply talking to them. At this stage baby eyes are almost always blue and can distinguish bright sunlight or artificial light through the uterine wall.

At week twenty nine, your baby measures about 11 inches (28 cm) from crown to rump, or a total length of about 15 inches (38cm) from head to heel, and weighs about 2.5 pounds (1150gm).

Pregnancy Today
Your baby is still in the midst of a period of intense activity. The blood vessels in his lungs are maturing and they’re gradually getting ready for his first breath. For now your placenta is providing him with all the oxygen he needs.

All five of your baby’s senses are developing well (sight is the last to develop and will continue maturing once he’s born). He’s increasingly sensitive to changes in light, sound, taste and smell and may indicate preferences for particular tastes or odors. Whatever you are eating will flavor your amniotic fluid. It can smell strongly of curry, garlic, onion and cumin for example, and researchers have found your baby will drink it faster the sweeter it tastes (one study showed that a 33-week premature baby will suck harder on a sweetened nipple than on a plain one).

Baby Center
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

The Bump
Baby’s now the size of a squash!
Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he’s growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for you: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.

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Amniotomy

I guess you are wondering what that is to begin with. Amniotomy is the breaking of the bag of water artificially by the health care provider. I have noticed that more and more women are saying that their doctor broke their bag of water to get their labor started. I was really confused by this because I have always thought that the bag of water or amniotic sac is there for protection for the baby and you, even if it is during labor. So, you know me, I had to look up the pros and cons of this procedure. Here is what I found:

    Pros

  • It will let you know if the baby has passed merconium (the first bowl movement) in the uterus. Merconium could lead to lung infections if not handled properly.
  • Could possibly speed labor up. If you have a labor that has stalled, braking the bag of water could help make the baby’s head drop some and put more pressure on the cervix.

    Cons

  • Can often be the start of many unwanted interventions. Breaking the water often goes along with Pitocin or other contraction strengthening drugs (including Cervidil and/or Cytotech), and then will require continuous fetal monitoring.
  • Research has shown that women who have their water broken are more likely to end up with a c-section.
  • Once the water has broken, there is no longer that cushion for the baby’s head. Which can lead to deformities of the skull.
  • The umbilical cord is more likely to become compressed (or squeezed) during contractions cutting off some or most of the oxygen to the baby.
  • Sometimes makes women feel like they are in less control of their bodies.
  • The women and the baby no longer have that natural barrier from infection.
  • Puts the women under a time limit to deliver the baby.

As you can see there are serious risks involved in breaking the bag of water. In fact, most health care providers agree that unless the baby is showing signs of distress, then there is no reason to break the bag of water.

If your labor becomes stalled, it is best (from what I have read) to do other labor stimulating techniques before you have medications administered or have your water broken.

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Feeding your baby breast milk does more good than you might think.

I saw this article today, and thought I would share.

    You’ve likey heard that breastfeeding can confer some pretty impressive benefits to your baby—reduced ear infections and asthma, maybe even a bump in IQ among them. Turns out there are even more perks for your little one, not to mention for you, society and even Mother Earth.

    1. Fewer infections “The incidence of pneumonia, colds and viruses is reduced among breastfed babies,” says infant- nutrition expert Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and OB-GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., and the author of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession (Elsevier-Mosby). Gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea—which can be devastating, especially in developing countries—are also less common.

    2. Reduced risk of chronic illnesses Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the digestive tract).

    3. Less chance of SIDS Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome by about half.

    4. A leaner baby—and a leaner mom It’s more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed.

    5. Faster recovery from pregnancy and childbirth The oxytocin secreted when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing post-delivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don’t breastfeed.

    6. Lower risk of some cancers Breastfeeding can decrease your baby’s risk of some childhood cancers. And you’ll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that’s on the rise. You may also reduce your risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

    7. Confidence boost “There’s nothing more empowering as a new mother than seeing your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone,” Lawrence says.

    8. Bigger calorie burn You may have heard that breastfeeding burns an extra 400 to 500 calories a day. And that’s almost right. “Breastfeeding doesn’t burn calories, but it does use them,” Lawrence explains. “Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce, so if you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that’s 400 calories you’ve swept right out of your body.”

    9. A green machine Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. “Plus, most formula companies don’t purchase milk from American farmers, so they’re not even helping our economy,” Lawrence says.

    10. A customized food supply Whereas formula isn’t able to change its constitution, your breast milk morphs to meet your baby’s changing needs. Colostrum—the “premilk” that comes in a day or two after you deliver—is chockfull of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. “It’s also higher in protein and lower in sugar [than ‘full’ milk], so even a small amount can hold off your baby’s hunger,” says Heather Kelly, an international board-certified lactation consultant in New York City and a member of the Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council’s advisory board. When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. “He needs a lot of calories and needs to eat frequently to fuel his rapid growth,” Kelly explains. “Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he’ll eat often.”

    11. More vaccination protection Research shows that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccines than formula-fed babies.

    12. Fewer sick days Since your baby will be ill less often, that means less missed work for you.

    13. A vacation from your period Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula—will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. “Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn’t triggered,” Kelly explains. “When your prolactin levels drop, those two hormones can kick back in, which means ovulation—and, hence, menstruation—occurs.”

    Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who nurse exclusively get their first period somewhere between six and eight months after having a baby, Kelly adds; others don’t for a full year. Another benefit in the green category: Fewer periods mean fewer sanitary products in landfills.

    14. Free birth control Breastfeeding can be 98 to 99 percent effective as birth control if a few general guidelines are followed: Your period must not have resumed; you must breastfeed at least every four hours around the clock; you must not give your baby any pacifiers, bottles or formula (doing so may cause him to nurse less); and you must be less than six months postpartum.

    According to Kelly, nighttime feedings are the most important to the “lactation amenorrhea method,” so do not let your baby (or yourself) sleep through a feeding. “Going long stretches at night without nursing seems to be directly responsible for the return of ovulation,” she says. In the same way, prematurely sleep training your baby can hasten ovulation—which means, of course, that you can get pregnant.

    15. Faster familiarity “You have to read your baby’s ‘satiety cues’ a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can’t see how much he’s eaten,” Kelly says. “You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby’s behavior to know when your baby is full.”

    16. Budget boost According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That’s $1,608 to $5,892 in one year!

    17. Just so easy Simply pull up your shirt and latch your baby on. No mixing or heating of formula necessary—breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature. And it’s in a pretty nice container to boot!

    18. Perks for society According to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months. Even more important, because of breastfeeding’s health benefits, as many as 911 infant deaths would be prevented.

    Start smart For everything you need to know to make nursing work—from getting the right latch to where to turn if you need help—visit fitpregnancy.com/breastfeeding.

Something to think about when choosing whether or not to breast feed your baby.

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A Little About Nora at Week 28

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Week Twenty Eight: May recognize your voice

You are 28 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 26 weeks)

  • The baby has its own regular intervals for sleeping and being awake.
  • The weight has increased to 1000 grams and is 37.5cm in length.
  • 2.2 pounds weight and is 14.8 inches in length from head to heel.
  • The feet are just over 2 inches (5.5cm) long.
  • The hair on the head is now clearly visible.
  • The milk teeth have developed under the gums.
  • The eyes are starting to move in their sockets.
    Brain waves show rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which means your baby may be dreaming. Eyelids are opening. Eye color may change within the first six months of life especially if your baby’s eyes are blue or gray-blue at birth. Remember to talk to your baby often; reading stories, singing songs has been seen to slow the baby’s heart rate. He or she can recognize your voice now and will often calm to it later after birth.

    Your uterus will be about 3 inches (7cm) above your bellybutton. During this time of your pregnancy, your belly will grow about half an inch (1cm) each week. If you have been following a nutritious, balanced meal plan, your total weight gain is probably between 17 and 24 pounds (7.5 and 10.5 Kg).

    Branches of lungs are quite developed now, so there is a good chance that baby would survive if born prematurely now. If your baby is born this week, the chances of survival is now at least 90 percent. However, some complications are still possible.

    Pregnancy Today
    It’s a big week in the life of your little baby. Her eyes, which have been fused shut until about now, open and she begins to blink. The irises don’t have any pigment yet; they’re a slate grey. But her pupils will react to different levels of light by contracting and dilating. And she may respond to a bright light from outside by giving a little kick. Your baby already looks a lot like she will appear at birth. She’s still quite wrinkly though, because of being surrounded by the amniotic fluid.

    Her respiratory system is still very immature (were she to be born now she would still need very intensive care and lots of intervention and help with breathing), but it has developed to the point where gas exchange is possible.

    Baby Center
    By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

    The Bump
    Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
    Baby’s lungs are mature enough that, if born right now, she has a pretty good chance of surviving (with help from medical technology). Her skin is still pretty wrinkly (one byproduct of living in amniotic fluid) but will smoothen as fat continues to deposit.

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  • Ultrasound #12

    Today Nora weighed about 2 lbs and 7 oz. She is growing well, and should be 3lbs in no time.

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    Update on 3hour Glucose Test

    So, if you guessed that I failed, you would be correct. If you remember the chart from last time explaining what the glucose should be under here is how things turned out. Fasting glucose = with in normal limits, 1 hour after nasty drink = 6 points over normal limit, 2 hours after nasty drink = 10 points over normal limits, 3 hours past nasty drink = 29 point over normal limits.

    I don’t know what that really means, I just know that I have to go for a consolation at the diabetes center at the hospital, and they will set me up with a meter. I don’t know all this will happen, I have to wait for them to call me back in the next few days to set up the appointment. I will know more after the appointment at the diabetes center.

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