Friday, October 24, 2008

20 weeks... halfway there!

Wohoo! A cantalope. And I'm starting to look like a watermelon smuggler a little more everyday, so I'll have to take some new belly photos soon.

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

1 comment:

David Malan said...

Was that last paragraph vital to the pont of the post?
Also the post refers to the baby as a "he", please change this.

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