Pregnancy Week 14 | Pregnancy Today

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How is your baby growing?
Your baby’s eyes are now in their proper position at the front of her face. Her eyelids are still tightly fused, but she’s already sensitive to light. For the first time in your pregnancy, her body is growing faster than her head, so she’s beginning to look more in proportion. She now has fingernails, toenails and hair (yes, even eyebrows). In fact, her whole body is covered with downy fuzz called lanugo, which keeps her warm in the womb.

Your baby’s movements are becoming ever more sophisticated. She’s practicing breathing, inhaling the amniotic fluid and then urinating it out into the womb. She can also frown, squint and grimace, twist and turn her joints and may even be able to suck her thumb, feet and, bizarrely, knees!

What’s happening to you?
Your uterus has popped out above your pelvis, so from now on your doctor will check your baby’s growth by feeling your bump and measuring the distance from the top of your uterus to the top of your pubic bone. At 14 weeks, it should measure around 14 centimeters. It’ll grow by 1 centimeter a week from now on.

Your heart is working harder than ever to pump blood to your baby. Before you were pregnant, only 2 percent of your blood supply was directed to your uterus, but now it’s a huge 25 percent. And your kidneys are working 60 percent harder than ever to deal with your baby’s waste products. All this exertion means you’ll probably have a raging appetite, but be wary of eating for two. You don’t actually need any more calories at this stage of pregnancy than before you conceived. Sorry!

What’s normal, what’s not?
Constipation is common at this stage, because the hormones that relax your muscles and ligaments to accommodate your bump also slow down your digestive system. A good diet with plenty of fiber, at least five daily portions of fruit and vegetables and six to eight glasses of water will help you stay regular. But if you’re seriously uncomfortable and straining to go to the bathroom, seek medical advice. There are several pregnancy-safe constipation remedies to get you going again.

Your to-do list:
Now that your bump is beginning to sprout, it’s time for a shopping spree. Maternity wear is (thankfully) a lot funkier than the baggy smocks of old, and you’ll probably find it a bit more comfortable than squeezing into your pre-pregnancy skinny jeans, too.

Wow! Did you know…
Lanugo, fine soft hair, grows in swirls and whorls on your baby’s body. It usually falls out before birth.

Doctor Appointment Today

I just got back from the doctor, and everything was great. Baby is doing well, and we got to hear “his” heartbeat going strong at 140 beats per min.

I also had to do my dreaded glucose test. That is where they make you drink this awful stuff and have you wait an hour so that they can draw your blood. It wasn’t too bad, but I don’t have the results back yet. They will be calling me in a few days to let me know how it went.

So next appointment is Aug 10th at 10:50am, and we get to have another ultrasound then. YAY!!

I Guess I Won’t Be Getting One of These

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny®, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead.

CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro™ straps, located inside the Nap Nanny® cover are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without “D”-rings.

In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny® and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny® and suffocate.

Likewise, if the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny® on the floor away from any other products.

The Nap Nanny® is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness. The first generation model of the Nap Nanny® can be identified by the absence of “D”-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has “D”-rings in the foam base and Velcro™ straps inside the fitted fabric cover.

The recalled Nap Nannys® were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.

The recalled product was manufactured in the United States and China.

Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® models, without “D”-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® model, with “D”-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. Consumers will also view an important instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recall

A Little About Baby at Week 14

From The Bump
Your Pregnancy: Week 14
In theory, your uterus’ ability to expand (14 times in size, 20 in weight) is awe-inspiring; in practice, it kind of hurts. When the aches and sharp pains hit your belly, think about this happy news: By now, your risk of miscarriage has gone way, way down.

Baby’s now the size of a lemon!
Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

From BabyCenter.com
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Breastfeeding predicts the risk of childhood obesity

Breastfeeding predicts the risk of childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic cohort of women with diabetes.
Feig DS, Lipscombe LL, Tomlinson G, Blumer I.

Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Abstract
Objective. To determine whether breastfeeding reduced the risk of childhood obesity in the infants of a multi-ethnic cohort of women with pregestational diabetes. Methods. In this retrospective cohort study, women with pregestational diabetes were mailed a questionnaire about breastfeeding and current height and weight of mothers and infants. Predictors of obesity (weight for age >85 percentile) were assessed among offspring of index pregnancies, using univariate and multivariable logistic regression. Results. Of 125 women, 81 (65%) had type 1 diabetes and 44 (35%) had type 2 diabetes. The mean age of offspring was 4.5 years. On univariate analysis, significant predictors of obesity in offspring were type 2 diabetes (odds ratio, OR 2.4, 95% confidence interval, CI 0.99-5.72); maternal body mass index (BMI) > 25 (OR 4.4, 95% CI 1.4-19.4); and any breastfeeding (OR 0.22, 95% CI 0.07-0.72). After multivariable adjustment, breastfeeding (OR 0.20, 95% CI 0.06-0.69) and having an overweight/obese mother (OR 3.49, 95% CI 1.03-16.2) remained independently associated with childhood obesity. Conclusion. Breastfeeding significantly decreased the likelihood of obesity in offspring of mothers with pregestational diabetes, independent of maternal BMI and diabetes type. Women with diabetes should be encouraged to breastfeed, given the increased risk of obesity in their children.

Breastfeeding v/s Formula Feeding

By Mayo Clinic staff

Jay Hoecker, M.D.
Breast-feeding is the optimal way to feed a newborn. Depending on the circumstances, however, various factors may lead you to consider formula-feeding. Here, Jay Hoecker, M.D., an emeritus pediatrics specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., answers important questions about breast-feeding and formula-feeding.

How long are mothers encouraged to breast-feed?
Breast-feeding until your baby is age 1 is recommended. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby and boosts your baby’s immune system. Breast-feeding is also the most convenient and least expensive way to feed your baby. Breast-feeding after age 1 continues to support your baby’s growth and development.

Is any additional nutrition necessary?
If you’re exclusively or partially feeding your infant breast milk, consult your baby’s doctor about vitamin D supplements for your baby. Breast milk may not provide enough vitamin D, which is essential to help your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus — nutrients necessary for strong bones.

What factors promote successful breast-feeding?
Taking care of yourself can go a long way toward promoting successful breast-feeding. Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible. To boost your confidence, learn as much as you can about breast-feeding. Keep the environment calm and relaxed. Look to your partner and other loved ones for support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends who’ve successfully breast-fed may be a good source of information. Lactation consultants are available at many hospitals and clinics. Your baby’s doctor can help, too

Is it risky not to breast-feed?
Breast milk is the best food for babies. If breast-feeding isn’t working for you, however, your baby may not receive adequate hydration or nutrition. In this case, your baby’s doctor may suggest supplementing with formula. The need for adequate nutrition and dehydration outweighs all other considerations.

Does infant formula pose any risks to a baby?
Commercial infant formulas don’t contain the immunity-boosting elements of breast milk. For most babies, breast milk is also easier to digest than formula. When prepared as directed, however, infant formula supports healthy babies who have typical dietary needs.

Can mothers combine breast-feeding and formula-feeding?
Many mothers successfully combine breast-feeding and formula-feeding — especially after breast-feeding has been well established.

How can mothers who choose not to breast-feed handle feelings of guilt?
Instead of feeling guilty about your decision, focus on nurturing your baby. You might also share your feelings with your doctor, your baby’s doctor or others in your support circle. Remember, parenting is an adventure that requires choices and compromises. What counts is doing the best you can as you face this new challenge.

Appointment Change

Apparently Dr. Roberts’ office called my cellphone on Friday to let me know that they are going to have to change an appointment of mine. Well, if you know me, then you will know that I NEVER answer my cellphone when I am at home unless there is an emergency. So, I just happened to check my voice mail today, and heard the message.

When I called them, the lady was like, do you know which appointment it was. Um… no… the lady that left the message just said one of my appointments. It turns out that it is the one for the ultrasound where we may find out the sex of the baby.

The receptionist went through all the available appointments for the day, and they were all in the morning, and Michael needs time to sleep. So, I asked about the day before instead. She said all she had was near closing time, and I would have to see a different doctor. I didn’t want to do that, so I have settled for August 10th at 10:50. I hope Michael can get enough sleep, it’s a good thing he has already taken off for that day.

More Optional Prenatal Tests

As I reported last week, I had the ultrasound and blood test to see if I was a risk for having a baby with Down Syndrom or Trisomy 18. All of that came back just fine, but now I have to decide of I want to have the Multiple marker screening done. I think it is just a blood test, and it will give us more information about if we are at risk for a baby with Downs or Trisomy 18 along with the chances of having a baby with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

Here is my problem: If I get the test restults back and they say that the baby has a 1 in 1 chance of having one of those problems, it WILL NOT make me change my mind about this pregnancy. However, I want to be prepared for any problems that I need to be concered about about and even prepared for when the baby is born.

Here is a little bit from the atrical on BabyCenter.com

The multiple marker test is usually given between 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy, but it can be done as late as 20 weeks. You’ll have a blood sample taken and sent to a lab for analysis. Results are usually available in about a week.

The triple screen measures the levels of three substances in your blood: alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and unconjugated estriol (uE3). Some testing centers measure the hormone inhibin A as well — this is called a quadruple screen.

High AFP can mean several things. A baby produces AFP throughout gestation, and a certain amount of it should cross the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream at each stage.

If there’s more AFP than expected, it may mean that you’re carrying more than one baby or that your baby is older than your practitioner thought. But in some cases, it’s a sign of an abnormal opening in the baby’s spine (spina bifida), head, or abdominal wall that’s allowing AFP to leak out. In rare cases, it can also signify a problem with the baby’s kidneys. And in some cases, it doesn’t mean any of those things.

Low AFP, low estriol, high hCG, and high inhibin A are associated with a higher risk for Down syndrome. Low levels of the first three mean your baby has an increased risk of having trisomy 18, a more severe and less common chromosomal abnormality.

Certain results may also indicate that you yourself are at a somewhat greater risk for problems such as preeclampsia, premature birth, intrauterine growth restriction, or miscarriage. Knowing this can enable you and your practitioner to be on the lookout for signs of trouble.

So for all you recent mothers/fathers, what did you decide to do? If you could leave me a comment with your opinion.

A Little About Baby at Week 13

From BabyCenter.com

Fingerprints have formed on your baby’s tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you’re having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby’s critical development will be completed and your odds of miscarriage drop considerably.

From The Bump

Baby’s now the size of a peach!
Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords…savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby’s tummy — much more convenient.

Update on the Crib

I got a response from the company we got the crib from, and they are sending us a whole new piece to replace the piece that was scratched so bad! They said it will take 3 to 4 weeks, but hey, we are no where near the due date, so it should be fine.