[[ Image courtesy of Baby Center and info from Web MD ]]
Baby: Your baby measures about 9.2 inches from crown to rump and weighs almost 2 pounds now. Its hearing is fully developed. As the fetus reacts to sounds, its pulse increases. Your baby will even move in rhythm to music. Lungs are still growing but are not yet mature. Patterns of your baby’s brain waves appear like a full-term newborn. It also has patterns of sleeping and waking. [According to my Baby Gaga ticker on Facebook– Tatum can now see and has toenails– how precious!]
Mom-to-be: The baby’s constant movements should be reassuring [‘constant movement’ is probably the understatement of the century]. You’ll be putting on weight at the rate of about 1 pound per week now. You may be feeling some rib pain as your baby grows and pushes upward on your rib cage. The pressure may also be causing indigestion and heartburn. You may even be feeling stitch-like pains down the sides of your abdomen as your uterine muscle stretches.
Tip of the Week: If you’re planning to return to work, you might want to begin checking out the availability of child care in your area. Nannies cost about $250 to $600 per week [let me write a check for that along with my maid, personal chef, and masseuse], group day care typically ranges from $100 to $200 per week, and home day care runs from about $75 to $125 per week. But keep in mind that you might change your mind after your baby arrives.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,