What is happening this week?
- Baby’s crown to rump length is 16 cm or 6.3 inches. Baby weighs about 300 grams or 10.5 ounces.
- Fetal heartbeat can be heard with fetoscope.
- Baby’s skin becomes less transparent.
- Baby can grasp things.
- Tooth buds, for both the milk teeth and the underlying permanent teeth are now in place under the gums.
- Abdominal organs, including the stomach, intestines, and liver, are fully enclosed within the abdominal cavity.
- Baby’s eyebrow have thickened and are clearly visible.
- The baby’s body has a covering of fine hair. Most of this hair disappears before birth, although it may still be present in very premature babies.
- The spine is now quite straight. The 20 week scan will reveal each vertebra.
- Moms should elevate their feet and legs when resting or sitting to help with swelling.
- If mom has developed hemorrhoids ice packs or tropical ointments may help.
This week I have been asked for the first time if I was pregnant. It happened only once but it’s starting so maybe I am showing a little Playing the kick game with baby about twice a day and as for the kick game I read it’s originator’s book While You Are Expecting: Creating Your Own Prenatal Classroom
but I was not particularly impressed. The information presented doesn’t seem to be based on any significant research and except for the kick game, which I had already read about in a different publication, did not add much value. Here’s a few things I learnt:
- “Hormones that stimulate a baby’s brain appear to cross the placenta more easily when the mother is active, healthy, and in a stimulating environment.”
- “There appears to be a critical time in an infant’s development beginning at about five months before birth and extending to about two years of life when brain stimulation and intellectual exercises can improve baby’s mental capabilities.”
- “Because the baby comes to know your touch and voice – along with favorite music – before birth, he or she can be reassured by the presence of these familiar sounds and stimulations during delivery.”
- “Too much inactivity can subject [unborn] babies to a kind of sensory deprivation.”
The authors Van de Carr and Marc Lehrer present the kick game, primary word lists, teaching numbers, the xylophone game, secondary world lists, etc. I am a huge advocate of stimulating your baby in the belly but except for the kick game this research just did not convince me, sorry.
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