07 January 2009

Baby is a cantaloupe. Mama is a tank engine.

Hmmm ... 20 weeks & lots of talk about what will be in our baby's diaper. I also don't appreciate these people comparing me to a tank engine.

20 Weeks
Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!

How your baby's growing -- Your baby's putting on weight now and has turned into a slippery little thing -- a greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats the entire body to protect the skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. Some babies are still covered with this whitish goo when they're born.

How your life's changing -- Out of breath? Most women start to feel a bit like Thomas the Tank Engine, huffing and puffing up a short flight of stairs. Some breathlessness is normal and may get a little worse as your expanding uterus pushes up against your lungs, but tell your midwife if it gets out of hand. Also, make sure you're getting enough iron. Your baby measures about 6.5 inches/ 16.5 centimetres from crown to rump and is steadily gaining weight. The baby's swallowing more this week, good practice for the digestive system. After your baby takes in amniotic fluid, his body absorbs the water in the liquid and moves the rest into the large bowel.

Did I already tell you that we bought some stuff? Toys R Us is having a big sale so we got our "cot" (crib), which is a lovely cocoa bean colour. Also got a ruffly bassinett for beside our bed for the first few months. I will later dedicate a blog to the world of bassinetts (I don't know how to spell it) because it is a dark, scary, ruffly world that one. We chose the least of evils but it's still evil. Also got a Baby Bjorn. I know, I know.

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