Hidden Baby – Follow Along as I Grow!

Day 18

Mammy, don’t forget to make an appointment with the doctor. They’re going to want to see you as soon as next week!

Day 15

I’m going to look much different when I’m born, Mammy. Right now, I look like a tiny collection of tubes… but those tubes have VERY important purposes! One is developing my brain and spinal cord, while another develops my heart. I even have tiny buds on the sides of my body that will grow into my arms and legs! Someday, I’ll kick around the football with you in the backyard – I can’t wait!

Day 12

Once I’m born and begin growing up – I’ll be getting a lot of your attention – so I might as well start now! Be careful around chemicals and secondhand smoke… they can be harmful to us both.

Day 10

This week you took the pregnancy test, and it was positive. Surprise! I’m on my way! You may be starting to feel tired and bloated. I promise it will all be worth it – I can’t wait for you to hold me in your arms!

Day 8

I’m getting bigger, Mammy – you may even be able to see me now on an ultrasound! A fluid-filled cushion called the amniotic sac is forming to protect me while I grow, and an attached yolk sac will feed me during these early weeks.

Day 4

Don’t forget – everything you put in your body can affect my development! Mammy, they’re going to tell you to drink plenty of water, and get at least five servings of different fruits and vegetables every day. I may not like them once I hit my toddler years, but you and I need them now!

I’m here!

It’s official, Mammy – you’re pregnant! I may be brand new, but there is already a lot going on inside of me. Chromosomes from you and my Dad are combining to determine my gender, my eye colour, and even my personality – everything is there for me to be me!

 

* Pregnancy facts gathered from:
https://www.mummypages.ie/
http://pregnancyweekbyweek.ie/
For more information on milestones see ‘Watch Me Grow!’, A Unique 3-Dimensional week-by-week look at baby’s behaviour and development inside the womb’, Professor Stuart Campbell, Carroll and Brown Publishers, (2004)