Horrifying situation in China – forced abortion and sterilization

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/11/reflections-on-todays-news-from-food.html

I’m completely shocked.

I feel numb.

I have so much sadness inside me after reading this.

I am so angry.

Wow. What a world we live in.

20 weeks

Oops I skipped last weeks pregnant update so I’ll do this one 2 days early 🙂

Congratulations! This week marks the half way point of your pregnancy. It has been 18 weeks since the date of conception and your baby’s crown-to-rump length is 5.6 to 6.4 inches. The fetus weighs about 9 ounces and your belly definitely has an obvious bulge. Your waistline has expanded and is no longer visible. Your uterus has now moved up enough that it is pushing your abdomen outwards. The top of your uterus is even with or just below your navel.
For the remainder of your pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on your lungs, stomach and kidneys. This will make you feel short of breath, the need to urinate more frequently and can cause indigestion. The added pressure on your abdomen can also cause your bellybutton to protrude and cause an `outy` instead of an `inny`. Many pregnant women begin to notice stretch marks around this time as well. Your abdominal muscles are being stretched and pushed apart as your baby grows inside of you.

Your baby’s skin begins to thicken this week and will develop four layers. Your baby’s sebaceous glands secrete a waxy substance called vernix caseosa. Your baby will be born with this wax and it will look like paste. The vernix caseosa is crucial because it protects the fetus’ fragile skin from the continuous immersion in amniotic fluid. Lanugo hairs secure the vernix caseosa in place and it is thick around the eyebrows. Scalp hair and toenails are beginning to form at this point. Hair can also be seen on the upper lip and eyebrows.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Hospital Birth?

Are You a Good Candidate for A Hospital Birth?
By Gloria Lemay, Vancouver, British Columbia

Must not be scared of needles. Must not be claustrophobic or uncomfortable in confined spaces. Must be able to go for long periods of time without eating or drinking. Must be happy to share a bathroom with others. Must enjoy sleeping on a mattress covered with plastic. Must not have a rebellious or questioning nature. Must accept the possibility of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections. Must be confident with caregivers who are overtired and overworked. Must realize that a limited amount of time can be spent in a hospital room before it is needed for the next patient. Must like and trust electronic equipment. Must be comfortable with cesarean rate of 30%. Must accept that the mood of the nurse on duty will be a large determinant of the birth outcome. Must realize that they will be delivered by someone they have never met before. Must realize that the written birth plan will be ignored. Must be willing to have florescent lights turned on at all hours. Must be capable of birthing without making loud noises. Must look good in a flimsy blue gown that is open up the back. Must be willing to be a teaching subject for student doctors who are learning to do pelvic exams and suturing. Gloria Lemay is a Private Birth Attendant inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

http://www.glorialemay.com

18 weeks

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Thumb-sucking at 18 weeks….

By week 18 of your pregnancy, your baby’s crown-to-rump length is 5 to 5.5 inches long. Your baby continues to develop fat layers and weighs about 5.25 ounces. Your baby will continue to grow and develop, but the rapid growth will slow down for a little while. You will be able to feel your uterus just below your bellybutton. If you put your fingers sideways to measure, you can feel your uterus about two finger-widths below your bellybutton. At this point of your pregnancy, your uterus is approximately the size of a cantaloupe. Although weight gain varies from woman to woman, your total weight gain at this point should be 10 to 13 pounds.

At this time if you had an ultrasound, heart abnormalities can be detected. If the ultrasound technician detects abnormalities, further ultrasound exams may be ordered to follow the baby’s development. There is still space available in your uterus and your baby will be active for periods at a time. Your baby may sit cross legged or turn somersaults.

Around this time, your baby becomes more sensitive to the outside world and shows her presence through powerful kicks and prods. The bones through which sound is passed to the inner ear have hardened and the parts of the brain that receives and processes nerve signals from the ears are developing. This means that your baby can hear now. Your baby will get used to familiar sounds, such as your heart beating, familiar voices, blood rushing through the umbilical cord and other daily routine sounds. Your baby will become startled if he hears a loud sound.

Pregnant Death Eater *wha ha ha*

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Halloween night, I was 16 weeks.

Shape of a Mother

17 weeks

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Your baby’s weight has doubled in two weeks and now weighs about 3.5 ounces! The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches. If you spread your hand out opened wide, you can see about how big your baby is.

Your uterus is moving up and is now approximately 1.5 to 2 inches below your navel. You are showing more now and there is a noticeable swelling in your abdomen. At this point in your pregnancy, a 5 to 10 pound weight gain is normal. Other people can probably feel the difference in your lower abdomen if they were to rub your tummy. To be the most comfortable, you should be wearing maternity clothes or clothing that is too large for you. You may have felt your baby move already. However, you might not feel it move every day at this point. As your pregnancy progresses, movements become stronger and more frequent. Feeling your baby move can help reassure you that your baby is doing well. You might also notice that your gums or nose bleed occasionally. This is from the increased blood volume that puts pressure on small blood vessels and capillaries.

Huge changes continue to take place within your developing baby. This week fat begins to form and will continue to do so until he is born. Fat is important to the body’s heat production and metabolism. Right now, at 17 weeks, water makes up about 3 ounces and fat 0.018 ounces of your baby’s body. In a baby at term, fat makes up about 5.25 pounds of the total average weight of 7.7 pounds. The placenta is continuing to grow at an amazing rate. The placenta will continue to develop in tandem with the fetus and it will weigh more than a pound at birth! By this week, the placenta is large and well established with a network of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and waste.

The eyes are facing more forward. The ears are now close to their final position.

Your baby is more flexible with ability to move head, mouth, lips, arms, wrists, hands, legs, feet, and toes.

Fingerprints are forming now.

Midwife appointment in 3.5 hours

Wow, I’m REALLY excited to have my appointment today, yiiiiiiiiiiii.

I haven’t heard the heartbeat yet, neither has Tys or Cayden, so I’m sure we will hear it today. (The midwives heard it last appointment btw, but baby was too fast for my ears to hear)

I’m feeling SOoooooo pregnant, so it gets more exciting to hear about progress with the midwife I guess. I’m feeling huge-amungus, and there’s tons of growth spurts in baby, and pressure, ohhhhh the pressure. Last night was the most movement and kicks I’ve felt so far, it actually kept me awake.

I’m 17 weeks this Thursday. Will update with fetus pic tomorrow or next day.