Bluntly but truthfully stated, fetuses are helpless human beings confined in the mother’s womb for nine whole months, floating in amnion and gaining nutrition through the umbilical cord connected to the placenta and with very limited motion. Depending solely on the mother’s food and water intake, as well as on her habits both good and detrimental, the growth of these unborn babies should be carefully monitored and tracked. With modern science’s invention and continuing innovation in technology, excited mothers and fathers can now easily track the growth of an unborn baby within the womb.
- With your attending obstetrician-gynecologist or your trusted family midwife, calculate your due date. By simply remembering the date of your last menstrual period, you can somehow get an approximation of the expected date of your baby’s birth, as well as in which stage of development and maturity your baby may be in.
- Through a variety of pregnancy books, you can see in detail your baby’s monthly and even weekly development. You’ll know that on the first month your baby’s heart already starts pumping but the heart rate can be heard through a Doppler on the third month. At five months, an ultrasound can determine if your baby’s a girl or a boy. On the seventh month, your child, though still with underdeveloped lungs, can now inhale and exhale and can survive if born prematurely, but with special care. On the ninth and final month, your baby spends the final weeks putting on weight and becoming less active, in preparation for birth. Most of these books also include monthly pictures of the average belly sizes of the mother, to give you an idea on when to expect wearing maternity clothes for comfort.
- Try going online. There are sites that can offer you more than just still pictures and images. You can actually watch in more vivid detail fetal development taken through embryoscopy and 3D/4D ultrasounds. You can visit standupgirl.com and pregnansee.info and actually see a wonderful unborn child smiling or thumb sucking.
- If this is your first pregnancy, and even if it’s not, it would be wonderful to keep a diary of your prenatal care, keeping record of when you first felt the fluttering of fetal movement, when you first noticed the linea nigra on your lower abdomen, or when your belly button popped out.
As an expectant mom, you should be well-informed and well-advised about the trimestral stages of your pregnancy. Your eating and sleeping habits will undoubtedly affect your unborn child. You are no longer living for yourself, eating, drinking and doing anything and everything you like, but you now hold a great responsibility over another life. The baby in your womb, though yet unborn and unable to speak his mind, does feel pain and hunger, as well as tension in your body. You should selflessly give up all forms of intoxication and many other strenuous activities that will hurt your little one. Have a regular prenatal check-up to know how you and your baby are doing. And oh, do always include your baby’s father in the picture. He too is probably just as excited as you are.