Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mama Fact of the Day

Since my baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, my nutrition is very important.

I need to continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.

Fetal Fact of the Day

26 weeks today.

From head to toe, my baby measures about 14in/35.6cm and weighs a little more than 1.6lbs/760g. (So can't blame the 10lbs on the baby!!)

My baby's eyes begin to open around now. Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to the ear is complete. Baby also continues to take small breaths and although only breathing in water and not air, it's still good practice for when bubs is born.

Quote of the Day

"Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometime, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight."
Barbara Schapiro

Monday, 16 March 2009

Mama Fact of the Day

Oh being pregnant is very glamorous! This week I have been bought a mammoth bottle of Lactulose by my parents and after this mornings 6am chronic acid reflux I'll be investing in an equal size bottle of Gaviscon...

Fetal Fact of the Day

My baby now weighs nearly 1.5 pounds/660 grams and is approximately 13.5in/35cm long from from crown to heel! Baby makes breathing movements but has no air in its lungs yet.

Quote of the Day

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." Charles Wadsworth

Monday, 9 March 2009

Photo of the Day


These boots were made for walking...
and jumping in puddles. Many thanks Cath Kidston.

Would anyone like to buy me this to match? Please?

Also lusting after a Kidston Change Bag... this or this.

Mama Fact of the Day

Now that baby is starting to take up more bump space I have started to see ripples and undulations of movement on my belly. Very strange but quite wonderful!

Fetal Fact of the Day


My baby is covered with waxy vernix. This stops him/her getting wrinkled from being in the watery womb for so long (like my fingers when I over do it on the bath time). The vernix also stops the umbilical cord getting tangled. Some may remain on my baby’s skin at birth... check out Miss. Waxy here

Quote of the Day

"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch."
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Photo of the Day


My lovely picture from my scan 4 weeks ago... little one at 20 weeks - yoga in utero

Mama Fact of the Day

I think I experienced some early braxton hicks this moring on my walk to work.
My tummy went rock hard and I felt cramping in my uterus.


'Sometime towards the middle of your pregnancy (or even earlier), you may notice the muscles of your uterus (womb) tightening, for anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. This may happen to you several times an hour, several times a day (Cheng et al 2006).

Not all of us feel these random, usually painless contractions, which get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

Experts have different opinions about Braxton Hicks contractions and their true purpose. Some believe that they play a part in getting your cervix ready for labour (also called "ripening") (Walsh 2004:430).

Others believe that Braxton Hicks contractions do not lead to changes to the cervix and that ripening only occurs in pre-labour, when the first co-ordinated contractions of labour start (Murray 2003:187; Baker 2006:53) or in labour itself (Cheng et al 2006).'
babycentre.co.uk

Fetal Fact of the Day

My baby's skeleton continues to develop, and bones inside the skull begin to harden – though they will maintain 'soft spots' until well into toddlerhood.

Quote of the Day

A mother's joy begins when new life is stirring inside... when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.
Author Unknown

Monday, 2 March 2009

Photo of the Day

A selection of some goodies for baby!

Mama Fact of the Day

My uterus is around 1.5 to 2 inches above my belly button. I can feel my belly button starten to tighten.... uh oh!

Have been moisturising regularly to avoid stretch marks and at this point in time have no evidence of them... phew! Still 16 weeks for those bad boys to creep up on me though.

Fetal Fact of the Day

With each passing day, my baby becomes more viable - meaning he or she would have around 40 per cent chance of survival, with medical help, if they were born right now. Every day Baby Pritchards lungs are getting stronger!

Quote of the Day

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
Bern Williams