Friday, 14 September 2012

Retrospective Wisdom: Week 23

"Your baby's intestines are lined with a thick, tarry substance known as meconium, which is your baby's first stool. It will normally not be seen until after birth and for the first few days of life. Occasionally your baby may leak a bit of stool just prior to birth into the amniotic fluid.

Lanugo, or fine hair on your baby, is darkening. If your baby is born near or after his or her due date, the lanugo will mostly be gone. The baby's fingernails are growing. By the time of birth, the nails may extend to the end of finger tips and some babies need their fingernails to be cut at birth.

Your baby weigh is at just over 450 grams." - excerpt from The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion by Robin Elise Weiss with Dr. Marcello Pietrantoni.

Jr would not stay still during the ultrasound scan to see if Jr is a boy or a girl. In the last visit, Dr. Haris had said "Likely to be a girl." but not more as Jr just would not stay still for a clear scan. This time, Jr got smarter and kept both legs together and turned away, making the ultrasound scan for sex a complete failure! We suspect Jr is a little lady.

The size has also grown, and we are no longer able to see the whole of Jr in a single screen. Every screen is now a partial shot of either head/chest/abdomen/legs/shoulders. Being the active baby Jr is, most shots are "blurred" as Jr would be kicking during such medical check up.

According to records, the EDD remains in 3rd or 4th week of April 2010. I pray for courage and strength and not chicken out at the last minute! (Chickening out means opting for Cesarean section which takes longer time to heal compared to natural/induced birth. Also doubles the cost!).

Measurements taken by Dr. Haris Hamzah on 26 December 2009:

BPD: 6.06 cm

Head circumference: 21.87 cm

Abdominal circumference: 18.45 cm

Femur length: 3.96 cm

Weight: 567 grams
**Retrospective Wisdom: Take a babymoon in the second trimester while the going is good.**


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