Pregnancy Week 14 – Are You Pre-parenting Yet?

What’s happening this week?

  • Baby’s crown to rump length is 7-9 cm or 3.0-3.5 inches. Baby weighs about 35 grams or 1.25 ounces.
  • Baby’s tooth sockets are forming.
  • Baby’s hair follicles develop.
  • Facial features are becoming more clearly defined. The eyes and ears have reached their final position.
  • The brain is developing rapidly, and your baby’s head accounts for about half its total length.
  • The ears have already developed their helical pattern, although baby cannot hear yet.
  • The first hairs of the baby’s scalp and eyebrows often appear at this stage.
  • Sleeping with your head elevated may help with night time heartburn.
  • Exercises performed lying flat on your back should be avoided now.

This week I got my first maternity pants and t-shirts and both are awesome! I love wearing them even though I’m not showing yet! I actually started talking to the baby in my belly and I read, read and read! And I found all those kids’ books I used to read in kindergarden and prepared them so that I will read them to my belly and to the baby when it’s born!

Here’s an amazing book I am studying now: Pre-Parenting: Nurturing Your Child from Conception.Here are some of the many things I’ve learnt so far:

“Awake or asleep, the studies show that [unborn babies] are constantly tuned in to their mother’s every action, thought, and feeling.”

“The prenate starts to make movements in response to being touched at 8 weeks.”

“Women with wanted pregnancies, good self-esteem, and sufficient social support had the calmest babies, whose heart rates returned to normal in the shortest time.”

“Excessive exposure to stress affects the physiology of the brain.”

“Unwanted children virtually always suffered lower self-esteem than wanted children.”

“Short bursts of upset or stress are not harmful to you or your child. It is chronic, ongoing stress that is potentially damaging.”

“One patient of mine recalled a Peter, Paul and Mary song she had sung repeatedly during her pregnancy. After the birth of her child, that song had a magical effect on the infant: no matter how hard he was crying, whenever his mother started singing that song – and that song alone – he would quiet down.”

“Children exposed to music in utero develop superior language skills.”

“Babies have many symptoms that parents and physicians consider normal but which are actually symptoms of underlying birth trauma. For examples, the total crying time per day for babies considered within the normal range is about two to six hours. However, it is informative to know that the average crying time per day for babies with no birth trauma is twenty minutes, and most of their crying is used to communicate their needs and discomforts.”

“During the early months, an ideal place for an awake baby is on the parent’s body. Do use a cloth baby carrier or a body sling.”

“The research on bonding and attachment implies that good mothers must stay home or permanently damage their children.”

“The father’s attachment will be increased if he makes facial contact with the baby in the first three hours after birth, and if he experiences the child undressed (including the change of diapers) on a regular basis during the first three months of life.”

“The unique relationship between parent and child blossoms during the first three years of life.”

“Offspring of happy mothers generally communicate a sense of joy while infants of depressed mothers often seem sad and withdrawn.”

“Talk, talk, talk. By talking to children a lot, parents will help them to develop their linguistic abilities to their full potential.”

“What oxygen is to the brain, words spoken respectfully, and hugs given lovingly are to the young mind.”

“The best way to teach language is to talk to children with appropriate emotion, and to read them books aloud.”

There is an amazing description of how different modes of birth affect the children’s lives but we will leaves this for later (closer to giving birth).


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Categories: Pregnancy Book/DVD/Product Reviews, Pregnancy Week by Week

Author:Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka is a best-selling and award-winning Children's Author.


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