8 Months Pregnant!
We are all but ready for Baby Bean to arrive now! The last few things I needed to buy are here - save for the bouncy chair my Mum wants to buy for us. All I have left to do is wash the baby clothes and cloth nappies I have in storage.... and actually HAVE the baby!
I can't believe it's almost July already! From Tuesday I'll be able to say "I'm having a baby next month!"
On Wednesday I am back at the hospital for my GD Clinic and Growth Scan. I am DESPERATE for them to give me an induction date, and narrow it down from "38 weeks ish". I want to be able to plan out my last few weeks before baby arrives (Obsessive? ME?!)
Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week:
Maternity leave starts in 5 weeks, induction in 6 weeks! (ish)Your baby weighs almost 5 lbs (2250 g) and is 12.8 inches (32cm) from crown to rump and about 19.8 inches (44cm) long.If your baby were born now, she would be considered "pre-term" rather than premature. This distinction is based on fetal maturity, particularly the maturity of the fetal lungs. A pre-term baby, unlike a premature baby, is likely to have well-developed lungs and is less likely to need intensive care.Your baby is surrounded by a red glow when sunlight shines on your belly and may be aware of this as she is able to differentiate between light and dark.Your baby's hair is getting thicker, though it may be a different color when she is older.She is currently shedding her lanugo, the fine downy hair that previously covered her body.More vernix, the waxy coating that protects your baby's skin while submerged in amniotic fluid, is building up.Your baby's adrenal glands are producing more steroid hormone, the androgen-like hormone that indirectly aids your milk production. Your baby is currently producing ten times more of this hormone than a normal adult and the adrenal glands are currently the same size as those of an adolescent. They will shrink after birth.Your baby is laying down bone. To do this, she will draw calcium from you.Your baby has taste buds and it has been suggested that she can taste and develop tastes for flavors found in the amniotic fluid, particularly flavors that you eat on a regular basis.
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