This week, your baby is slightly longer than eighteen inches and weighs just over five pounds. The baby’s liver has matured enough to process some waste products. Your baby won’t be moving around as much, since space is tight in your uterus, but he or she continues to kick and push. The arms and legs are more filled out as the accumulation of fat continues.
Friends and family will want to be of assistance after the baby is born, but you may be too overwhelmed after the baby’s birth to know what to tell everyone you need, so come up with some assignments now. Whenever anyone offers to help, write down the information—then you will have a list of who is doing what. Make arrangements for childcare and transportation to and from activities for your older children, if applicable. Also, find someone to do tasks like take care of your pets or take your garbage to the curb. For those living far from family and close friends, you may want to consider hiring a postpartum doula for a week or two after the birth of your child—especially you are a single mom or if your partner can’t take any time off. (For more information about doulas, see: “Doula: A Mother’s Helper.”)
While you are planning for the baby’s arrival, you may also want to think about choosing a guardian. This is someone you choose to take care of your child in the unlikely case that something happens to you and your partner. (For guidance, see: “Choosing a Guardian.”)
A Mom’s Suggestion: Accept help! You may be surprised by the generosity of your friends and colleagues. Some women interviewed said church members and friends from women’s groups and book clubs offered to bring meals once or twice a week for a few weeks after the baby was born. Moms of your older children’s friends can also be recruited to pick up your older children from school or activities for a few weeks.
Hot Topic: Circumcision
If you are having a boy, you will want to decide about circumcision before you get to the hospital. Circumcision can be a religious decision or one made based on social standards. Ultimately it is a personal decision, and if you are unsure, do some research now. This is a subject that is currently the topic of much debate, and there are facts and strong opinions on both sides. Knowing what you want before your baby’s birth will save you from making a quick decision at the last minute.
Fast Fact: Approximately 60 percent of newborn boys in the U.S. were circumcised in the last several years, with a substantial drop in these numbers from 2003 to 2004, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey.
Eating For Two: Snack or Appetizer
Carol’s Tortilla Roll-Ups
- One 8-ounce package of light cream cheese
- One package ranch dressing mix
- 1/4 cup green onion, chopped fine
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 2 tablespoons diced black olives
- 2 tablespoons diced green olives
- Ten large whole-wheat tortillas
1. Mix cream cheese and dressing; mix well and spread on tortillas.
2. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients on the tortillas.
3. Roll up and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for two hours or up to twelve.
4. Slice into half-inch slices and serve.
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