Thursday, November 11, 2010
Week 30 - My Cabbage
We are now in the home stretch! Nine weeks and counting. Can you believe it? I can't...
My belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that baby M is getting bigger every day. Baby M's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Also growing daily is her brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that my little genius can regulate her own body temperature and turn up the heat, she'll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that's been keeping her warm up until now.
Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)