Here is the first table full of gifts we got on Saturday.
Here is the first table full of gifts we got on Saturday.
Thank you everyone for all the great things that we got at the baby shower. Michael and I are so blessed to have such great and loving friends and family. Below are some of the pictures from the shower. Enjoy! You can also click this link to see what the gifts are Nora’s baby shower on Photobucket
Week Thirty One: Baby detects light
You are 31 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 29 weeks)
Your baby continues to grow. Baby’s lungs and digestive tract are very near to being mature. Now that almost all of the major organs are functioning, growth will focus on maturing those organs and growing muscle mass and fat stores. Baby’s weight gain will exceed its growth in length from now on. He or she should more than double their weight again between now and birth. It weighs about 3.5 pounds (1.6kg), and crown to rump length is 11 inches (28cm). Its total length is 16.5 inches (42cm).
A loud noise near you may cause your little one to jump. Baby may move to the rhythm of music. Studies with heart rates show that they may also prefer some types of music to others at this stage. The eyes can now completely open and the irises are now responsive to light, dilating and contracting as needed.
You will probably find that though you have been feeling pretty energetic throughout your second trimester, you are beginning to slow down now. Pay attention to your body’s signals and rest when you need to. Exercise is still an important activity for you, even though it gets harder as you get larger and heavier. Try swimming, stretching and walking all excellent options for pregnant women.
Your total pregnancy weight gain by this time should be between 21 and 28 pounds (9.5 and 12.5kg).
Your baby’s lungs are fully developed this week, although they’re not mature yet. He’ll be “breathing” rhythmically now, though, although occasionally he will swallow some down the wrong way and get hiccups, which you can feel.
He’s gaining weight rapidly as he lays down fat in preparation for his big arrival, and the brain connections that control sensory input are forming now. His bones are fully developed (although still soft) and he’ll begin building up his own stores of iron and calcium. This is all the more reason to ensure you are getting enough of these minerals in your diet, to keep your own stores topped up.
It’s possible your baby will turn into a head down position in preparation for birth, although some babies leave it until the very last minute so don’t be too concerned if he hasn’t shown signs of doing so yet. Your doctor can usually tell where your baby is lying by palpating (feeling) your bump.
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
Baby’s now the size of a squash!
Baby’s going through major brain and nerve development these days. His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (He won’t pick up anything from his nose until after birth, though — smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)
Sometimes there are medical reasons to induce labor, however, in the U.S. there has been a steady rise in “convenience” inductions. To me, convenience inductions are not just planed by the mother, but the doctor as well. I have noticed a growing trend of inductions around holidays or personal holidays for the doctor. Personally, I do not believe that labor should be induced for any reason other than a true medical reason, and Thanksgiving is not a true medical reason.
In my noticing how labor inductions are increasing, I started to wonder: Are doctors telling the mothers the fine print? Below will be the answer to many questions about inductions.
1. What is induction?
2. What should I expect with a medication induction?
3. What are the risks?
So my point is, when your doctor presents you with the option of induction to fit into your busy schedule or the doctor’s schedule, maybe you should think twice.
March of Dimes
I have had two ultrasounds since the last one posted on here. However, we are having difficulty getting them to upload to the blog. The program I am using to edit the ultrasound with is not working correctly. We hope to have them up soon.
Jennifer and Michael
Week Thirty: Baby puts on pounds
You are 30 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 28 weeks)
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
Immediately After Delivery:
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.
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
Another thing to consider instead of baby talk would be to sing.
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.
Week Twenty Nine: Movement is more forceful
You are 29 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 27 weeks)
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).
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.