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Week 24: Breathe baby, breathe!!

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Topic Week 24: Breathe baby, breathe!!

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:47 am

Fetal development in pregnancy week 24:



fetus in sixth month
This is another big week for your magical growing baby! Just take a
look at the checklist for this week: 1) ears: done; 2) fingernails:
done; 3) (if you have a boy) testicles: taking their 3-4 day trip from
the abdominal wall to the scrotum; and 4) lungs walls: secreting
“surfactant”. What’s that? Well, surfactant is sort of what it sounds
like: a surface-activated fat whose main purpose is to assist the your
baby's little lungs during inflation (as in, filling with air, not
getting more expensive). Just in case you’re curious, your submerged
baby is still breathing in amniotic fluid, preparing and rehearsing the
lungs an oxygen-filled life outside the womb. By the end of this week,
your child will be weighing around 2 lbs and 14 inches long. Your
cutie-patootie may even be a little more plump, but isn't anywhere near
their full baby-fatted cute-self. Most of the “filling out” is coming
up in that long awaited (and slightly dreaded?) third trimester.
Woo-hoo! Get ready!

And how's mom doing?

Your little one is moving (spinning,
kicking, pirouetting, shimmying, and maybe even doing a bit of the
Can-Can) so much these days that if you invite your friends and/or
family to touch your belly there’s a good chance they’ll get a milder
sample of what you’ve been experiencing . You’ve may have We
recommend taking the belly-touching calmly and if it really offends
you, just say something like: “I just fell in a large vat of anthrax.”
experienced the oddity that is strangers who feel a protruding pregnant
belly is public property and a silent invitation for belly touching. We
recommend taking the belly-touching calmly and if it really offends
you, just say something like: “I just fell in a large vat of anthrax.”
Or perhaps something a little less aggressive, like, “Please, at the
very least, ask me before touching my body.” Still, there are many
women who enjoy sharing this touching ritual with others. Find your
comfort zone and good luck with the rest.Scary stuff you should
be aware of: The danger of getting preeclampsia (a.k.a. Toxemia) during
pregnancy is significantly higher and is characterized by significant
swelling of the hands and face, excessive weight gain, blurry vision
with severe headaches or abdominal pain. Obviously, swelling is common
during pregnancy, but should be monitored closely, and sudden ongoing
swelling to the hands and face could be a concern. Talk with your
physician for more information. Preeclampsia can also be diagnosed by
high blood pressure and the presence of certain proteins in your urine.
Again, high blood pressure alone does not mean you are affected, but it
might be something you and your physician will want to/need to monitor
throughout your pregnancy. Preeclampsia can prevent the placenta from
receiving enough blood, thus depriving your baby of essential nutrients
and lower oxygen levels, possibly resulting in low birth weights and
other problems. There are several websites dedicated to preeclampsia
education such as: http://www.preeclampsia.org/
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