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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

    Color Change

    This past week Michael and I were looking at the color we had picked out for Nora’s room and compairing it to the green color in the bedding set. We have decided that it’s just not going to work. So we had to go back to Home Depot for another look at paint swatches. We came home with two different colors that we think might work. Here is the first one:



    This one is called “Friendly Frog”.

    Now for the next one:

    Now, I know it is blue, but it looks really good along with the bedding set. However Michael and I think we will be repainting the room in a few years anyway.

    If you don’t know what the bedding set looks like, here it is:

    A Little About Baby at Week 27

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    Week Twenty Seven: Eyes can open

    You are 27 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 25 weeks)

  • The fetus weighs almost 2 pounds now and is about 14.5 inches long.
  • Baby now weighs about 875 grams and is 36.5 cm in length.
  • The head is over 2.5 inches (7cm) in diameter.
  • Your baby’s hearing continues to develop.
  • The eyes can blink, open and close.
    Welcome to the third trimester. Congratulations! You have made it 2/3 of the way through. It may be hard to believe, but your baby now appears much like he or she will look like at birth. Baby now has eyebrows and eyelashes and hair is growing everyday. The muscle tone is improving and his or her body is getting plumper.

    Your little one’s brain continues its rapid growth. Don’t forget to share music, conversation, and even books with your baby. Baby may start to recognize your voice as well as your partner, so be sure to say lots of nice things.

    The retina at the back of your baby’s eyes is beginning to develop. Those beautiful baby eyes can open now, and the baby will notice and may turn his or her head if you shine a flashlight against your belly.

    At 27 weeks, your baby’s length will have tripled or quadrupled from the 14 week mark. If your baby is born this week, the chances of survival is now at least 80 percent. However, serious complications are still possible.

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    Just 10 weeks to go until your baby reaches full term! From now until about week 30, he goes through a very active phase. His muscles are increasingly developed and his nervous system is mature enough to control some of his bodily functions. So you can look forward to your baby kicking and moving around a lot.
    The rest of the time he will be sleeping. He’s settling into a sleep cycle that’s similar to what he’ll follow as a newborn: asleep during the day and awake at night! His brain is growing rapidly, too, and the grooves on the surface are developing. Some experts believe your baby begins to dream around now while he’s in REM sleep.
    He’s practicing his sucking reflex a lot now. This is important as it will help him feed effectively once he’s born. Meanwhile his muscles, organs and limbs are all formed, and throughout this final trimester he’ll be busily building up fat stores and muscle mass.

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    This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

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    Baby’s lungs are going through some major developments these days, which (combined with the opening of previously plugged nostrils) means he’s now able to practice inhaling and exhaling. The lack of air in your womb means every “breath” is filled with amniotic fluid, but hey — it’s progress.

  • Update on Latest Glucose Test

    Last week I had my second 1 hour glucose test, and the results are…I failed. The nurse called me yesterday, and told me to come in sometime this week for a 3 hour glucose test. Only problem is I have to be there between 8:30 and 9:00. That is quite early for someone who goes to sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning. If you are wondering what the 3 hour test is like, here is some information I found on Baby Center.

      For three days before the test, you’ll be told to eat at least 150 grams of carbohydrate a day. If you eat a normal diet and have an extra piece of bread at each meal, you’ll likely be getting enough carbs. For eight to 14 hours before the test, you can’t eat or drink anything but sips of water (and you’re not supposed to smoke or exercise either), so you’ll want to schedule it for first thing in the morning.

      When you arrive for the test, the technician will take a blood sample to measure your “fasting blood glucose level” and then ask you to drink either a more concentrated dose or a larger volume of the glucose solution. Then brace yourself for three more arm pricks, as your blood is tested every hour for the next three hours. The technician should alternate arms each time she draws your blood.

      You’ll definitely need something to distract you this time, because you’ll have to stay seated in the waiting room between blood drawings. And bring something to eat right after your final blood sample is drawn because you’ll probably be starving.

      If one of the readings is abnormal, you may have to take another test later in your pregnancy. Or your practitioner may ask you to make some changes in your diet and exercise routine. If two or more of your readings are abnormal, you’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes and you’ll need to talk to your practitioner about a treatment plan. This chart shows the levels that the American Diabetes Association considers abnormal at each interval of the test:

      Interval Abnormal reading
      Fasting 95 mg/dl or higher
      One hour 180 mg/dl or higher
      Two Hours 155 mg/dl or higher
      Three hours 140 mg/dl or higher

    Pray all goes well.

    A Little About Baby at Week 26

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    Week Twenty Six: Second trimester ends this week

    You are 26 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 23 weeks)

  • The baby measures 14 inches long and weighs over 1.7 pound.
  • Baby measures 35.5cm long and weighs over 760 grams.
  • The feet are 2 inches (5cm) long. Hands are very active.
  • The baby’s eyes begin to open around this time.
    The fetus makes breathing movements, but there is no air in the lungs yet. Hands are active and muscle coordination is such that they can get a thumb into the mouth. Thumb sucking calms the baby and strengthens the cheek and jaw muscles.

    The fetal brain scan will show response to touch. Touching and playing with the baby is possible now, as they may respond to your touch through your belly wall. Brain growth continues with brain wave activity for the visual and auditory systems starting to develop. Baby is probably very active in the womb, as the most active weeks are typically between weeks 24 and 28.

    You may begin feeling your belly tighten and relax at odd moments or irregular intervals. These are Braxton Hicks contractions. They are painless and help the uterus prepare for the birth. Many babies have developed a predictable routine for sleep and active periods. Twins may have entirely different routines from each other.

    If your back is feeling the strain of your growing belly, try doing some pelvic rocks to relax it. Stand with your back against the wall, knees slightly bent. As you inhale a breath, press the small of your back against the wall. Exhale and relax your back. You may be experiencing shortness of breath as the uterus is very close to the rib cage at this stage. Some moms are not able to fully expand their rib cages; however, this does not negatively affect the baby in any way.

    The end of week 26 marks the end of month six, which is the last month of the second trimester.

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    The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

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    Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
    Baby’s soaking up your antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and she’ll soon be practicing the blink…perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

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    Your baby’s nostrils are opening up, so she’ll be able to practice breathing through her nose as well as her mouth. Her eyes are developing the ability to focus, although she’ll only be able to see objects 6 to 8 inches away at birth. Her lungs are maturing and she’d have an 80 percent chance of survival if she were born now.

    Lengthwise, your baby’s growth has slowed down now, but she’s still gaining lots of fat. Her movements are likely to be strong enough to be seen from the outside, and you may be able to make out the rough shape of a protruding foot, elbow or bottom. The network of nerves to her ears are now fully developed, and she’ll noticeably react to external noises. She’s also likely to have a burst of activity just after you’ve eaten.

  • Labor Drug: Cytotec

    The induction of labor can be dangerous by itself, so why would you want to use a drug to make it even more dangerous. For some time now I have been reading on the adverse effects of Cytotec, and have found some very disconcerting information about the drug. For instance, it is not approved by the FDA for use in the assistantce to start labor. In fact here is what the FDA has to say about the drug:

      Misoprostol (marketed as Cytotec) Information
      FDA ALERT – Risks of Use in Labor and Delivery
      This Patient Information Sheet is for pregnant women who may receive misoprostol to soften their cervix or induce contractions to begin labor. Misoprostol is sometimes used to decrease blood loss after delivery of a baby. These uses are not approved by the FDA. No company has sent the FDA scientific proof that misoprostol is safe and effective for these uses.
      There can be serious side effects, including a torn uterus (womb), when misoprostol is used for labor and delivery. A torn uterus may result in severe bleeding, having the uterus removed (hysterectomy), and death of the mother or baby. These side effects are more likely in women who have had previous uterine surgery, a previous Cesarean delivery (C-section), or several previous births.

    Kind of scary right?

    Then today I was reading about the use of this drug in the book “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin. She took it upon her self to look at 49 case studies of the drug in which 5,439 women participated. Here are the results she reports in her book:

    • 25 women had ruptured uteri
    • 16 babies died
    • 2 women had such profuse bleeding that they had to have an emergency hysterectomy
    • 2 women died

    I have also read the account of Madeline Oden. Her daughter was given Cytotec in December 2001. She tells how her daughter Tatia Oden French was 32 years old and about to have her first child. Here is what she writes in The Journal of Perinatal Education:

      “In December 2001, my 32-year-old daughter, Tatia Oden French, entered a well-known hospital in Oakland, California, to have her first child. She was in perfect health. The baby was in perfect health. The pregnancy was “unremarkable.” Tatia was almost 2 weeks past the due date, and the doctor wanted to induce her. After much stalling on Tatia’s part, she reluctantly agreed to submit to induction. The agent used was Cytotec (misoprostol). None of the medical staff told us anything about Cytotec. When I asked what Cytotec was, I was told it is “the standard of care… we use it all the time.” Tatia said it was “not approved by the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] for use in labor.” Nothing else was said about the potential side effects, the dangers to the mom and child, or the alternatives. However, phrases such as “You don’t want to go home with a dead baby, do you?” were said. The pressure was on. Tatia conceded. She told me to go home and that she would call me, believing it would be a long night. We told each other we loved each other and, having not decided on which specialty she would focus on in medical school, she smiled and said, “Maybe I’ll be an OB/GYN.”

      Ten hours after Tatia was induced with Cytotec, both she and her baby girl, Zorah, were dead. When I asked Tatia’s doctor what happened, she just said, “It was a very rare adverse effect of Cytotec, but it does happen.” Still not comprehending what had just happened, I heard myself ask the doctor, “Could you at least tell me that you will not use that drug again?” Surprised, she looked at me and said, “No, I cannot promise that.” Finally, my two sons, Tatia’s dad, Tatia’s husband, and I were allowed into the operating room where Tatia and Zorah were lying perfectly still. We gathered and said a prayer around both of them. When I left the hospital, it was raining and gray and cold. I heard myself say out loud, “That drug is going to go away.””

    I cannot imagine what that family must have went through and are still going through. This is a dangerous drug, and from my opinion should not be used for this at all. Please make sure you are aware of what you are consenting to when you go to the hospital. If you do not understand what something is, make sure you ask questions. You want to keep yourself and your child safe, so BE INFORMED.

    A Little About Baby at Week 25

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    Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.

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    Week Twenty Five: Exploration continues

    You are 25 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 23 weeks)

  • The unborn child is 34 cm in length and weighs almost 690 grams.
  • Baby is around 13.5 inches in length and weighs 1 and half pounds.
  • Bones are becoming solid, hands are now fully developed.
  • The brain is growing rapidly, the brain cells are starting to mature.
  • The sexual organs are fully developed.
    Baby is now pretty well built portion wise even though it still has little body fat and its skin is thin. The structures of the spine begin to form — All 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments. The tiny brain is growing rapidly, and the baby is starting to fill the space in your uterus. The uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball and mom looks pregnant.

    Your baby’s hands are now fully developed, although some of the nerve connections to the hands have a long way to go. Dexterity is improving. Your baby can make a fist and clasp objects placed in palm. Exploring the structures inside your uterus may have become baby’s prime entertainment. Fascinated by the amount of tactile stimulation a fetus gives itself; it touches a hand to the face, one hand to the other hand, clasps its feet, touches its foot to its leg, its hand to its umbilical cord.

    Blood vessels of the lungs develop. Your baby’s nostrils begin to open. The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now. Their swallowing reflexes are developing. Baby can hear sounds outside the womb and the brain cells are starting to mature also. Already it can learn and remember and can recognise its mother and fathers voice. The inner ear bones have hardened so hearing is more acute. Baby may hear your partner’s voice more easily than yours, as baby is sensitive to a deeper pitch.

    Babies born at 25 weeks of pregnancy have about a 50% chance of survival.

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    Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
    That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby’s learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

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    The cortex (outer layer) of your baby’s brain is developing into layers, paving the way for sophisticated brain activity like thinking, feeling and planning in years to come. Her eyes are fully functional, and she may blink as a reflex reaction to a loud or sudden noise. Studies have also shown that an unborn baby will turn her head if a light is shone onto the mom’s abdomen, proving that her optic nerve is now working.

    Your baby’s lungs are maturing by the day and she’s making breathing motions, although if she were born before 37 weeks, it’s likely she would need help to breathe. Her sense of smell is developing, too. One study showed that babies whose moms eat lots of garlic respond more strongly to the smell after the birth. Tiny blood vessels called capillaries are now developing beneath the surface of your baby’s skin, which will give her skin its pink color.