Sunday, 16 September 2012

Retrospective Wisdom: Week 15

"If you were to catch a glimpse of your baby today, it would look very different from a newborn. You would see a very thin skinned baby the size of a Barbie doll. The skin is so thin that you can see the blood vessels peeking through. This is also one of the last weeks that you can see most of the baby in one image of an ultrasound. Past this point, your baby is simply too big.

The scalp hair pattern has developed, cowlicks and all. Your baby still only weighs about 70 grams, or the weight of 70 paper clips, which is light for such a long body. However, remember that body fat is one of the last things to develop on your baby. The good news is that your baby's heart is pumping blood, nearly 25 quarts a day! That may sound like a lot, but by the time of his or her birth day arrives that number will be about 300 quarts." - excerpt from The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion by Robin Elise Weiss with Dr. Marcello Pietrantoni.

During our routine medical check up, we still tested positive for traces of protein in my urine but Dr. Haris Hamzah was not too concerned as it was minimal. I was asked to rest more. Also during the ultrasound scan, we were told that the baby is likely to be a girl because we could not get a clear view of the baby's private parts. Dr. Haris Hamzah however could not confidently conclude that is not a boy either so we just have to wait until the next scan. Boy or girl does not matter because we saw a very active and growing baby! The 4 chambers of the mini pumping healthy heart melted mine...

Trips to the grocers' or malls became shorter as I got tired more easily. Fruits intake were limited to day time because every time I consumed fruits at night time, I would throw up almost immediately (for unknown reasons!). I was beginning to drink lesser liquid more often as my bladder was somewhat "less tolerable". Car trips were slowly becoming less stressful as I could now reasonably tolerate the distance between Shah Alam and KLCC.

Measurement taken by Dr. Haris Hamzah on 26 October 2009:

BPD: 3.09 centimetres
**Retrospective Wisdom: We are glad we prayed for a safe pregnancy and healthy child throughout. His Blessings is a truly wonderful gift.**


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