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The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we honor the hardest workers on the planet.  Some things will never change.  But pregnancy sure has!   The advent of 3 and 4 D ultrasound allows today’s moms to know more about their pre-born babies than any generation in the history of well…the world.

Here are five of the things today’s baby-birthin’ mamas know that their mothers couldn’t fathom.

1) The Gender Specifics

It's a boy!

It’s a boy!

It's a girl!

It’s a girl!

Most of our mothers had to wait until deliver day to find out if we were an Oliver or Olivia.

3-D ultrasound technology makes it much easier for mom’s and dad’s to see for themselves whether they have conceived a boy or girl-child.  No fuzzy images here.  Now we can have gender reveal parties, boy or girl themed showers and nurseries ready and waiting.

2) The Appearance of Awesomeness

Our moms could only imagine whether baby would sport grandma’s nose or daddy’s lips.  Now we can distinguish a cleft in the chin, dimples, hair and more.

This baby has remarkable dimples...just waiting to be kissed.

This baby has remarkable dimples…just waiting to be kissed.

The waves in this image is how ultrasound technology reveals a full head of hair!

The waves in this image is how ultrasound technology reveals a full head of hair!

Check out this nearly identical before and after shot.

Check out this nearly identical before and after shot.

3) Personality Test

Our ancestors could only guess at the personalities beneath their bellies.  Now mamas-to-be witness their little ones as they smile, grimace, cry and even yawn.

Some babies are more active and awake...some seem more relaxed.

Some babies are more active and awake…some seem more relaxed.

This 34 week old baby girl is all smiles!

This 34 week old baby girl is all smiles!

The furrowed brow on this wee one says "I have a lot on my mind!"

The furrowed brow on this wee one says “I have a lot on my mind!”


4) My Personal Preference

Our mothers never knew that we were making decisions as early as our first trimester. Babies taste what mom had for breakfast…and react to their environment.  Moms who have multiple ultrasounds may start to notice babies mannerisms. Maybe they always suck the same toe, or put their right hand over their forehead.  Pay attention, you will likely see a repeat performance when baby is born.

This babe apparently likes the left thumb with four fingers straight up!

This babe apparently likes the left thumb with four fingers straight up!

May have just tasted some amniotic fluid spice with enchilada sauce from dinner.

May have just tasted some amniotic fluid spice with enchilada sauce from dinner.

5) Position Statement

When our mother’s were pregnant, doctors or midwives had to poke and prod to figure out…err, which end was up.  Some were pretty skilled guessers, but ultrasound offers assurance that baby is in the right position for birth.  It also reveals placenta placement, which is crucial for a safe delivery.  

The perfect fetal position.  Tucked in with a little more room to grow.

The perfect fetal position. Tucked in with a little more room to grow.

Its cramped in there!  This 40 week old baby is days from delivery.  The umbilical cord over the foot and under the chin.

Its cramped in there! This 40 week old baby is days from delivery. The umbilical cord over the foot and under the chin.

All  images captured at Prenatal Imaging in Kansas City.

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March of Dimes and Physicians want Pregnant Mamas to Wait!

Pregnant moms who are weeks away from delivery day usually have one thing in common: we are weary!   Swollen ankles, loose joints, heartburn and hefting baby flesh and all its accessories takes a toll on a body.

Its tempting to start looking for a way out.  But hold on to watchya got a little longer.  Research shows baby’s are best when they get at least 39 weeks on the inside.

Here is an interview I did at March for Babies with Dr./Mama Emily Minderman from Kansas City ObGyn.

 

Don’t smoke while you’re pregnant…but NOT because of recent study!

babies react to smoking

There is a  recent study using 3 and 4 D ultrasound that urges pregnant women not to smoke because it causes the baby to grimace and touch his or her face more frequently.  Twenty babies were tested.  Only four babies had moms who smoked.  This study seems a bit shabby to me.  But the outcome isn’t.  Don’t smoke while your pregnant.

In my opinion, here is a better visual of why you should give up the habit while you are growing a baby.

The sonographer who captured the images of babies in The Wonder Within You (Jeanette Burlbaw at Prenatal imaging in Kansas City) gave me these images of two placentas.  The first is from a mother who didn’t smoke.  You can see the placenta at the top, above baby. It is healthy.
PLACENTA_2

The second image is from a smoking mother.   The placenta is on the left.  Notice the white loops that permeate  the left side of the placenta.  Those indicate calcification caused by smoking.  The calcification can make the placenta less effective at delivering oxygen and nutrients to baby.

smoker placcenta

Here’s what tried and true research indicates:

*Smoking deprives baby of oxygen.

*Smoking causes more babies to be born before they are ready.

*Babies whose moms smoke have lower birth weights.

*The incidence of stillbirths is higher in mothers who smoke.

There’s plenty of solid research that shows that lighting up harms your baby.  So even though it’s often extremely difficult to stop, score one for you and  your sweet babe…and kick the habit.  You can do it  mama!!!

Music Calms your Unborn Baby

For centuries mothers have sung lullabies to their newborns. But research shows, baby’s who aren’t yet born benefit from the melodious rhythms of their mother’s voices, too.

An unborn baby’s ear is first apparent at 5 weeks. Baby reacts to sounds outside the womb by 18 weeks, even though the ear isn’t fully developed until 26 weeks of pregnancy.

Various studies indicate that a baby’s reactions to different sounds can be positive or negative. Listening to slow music, reading and talking to your baby soothes and relaxes the baby. Very loud noises can cause baby to startle, kick or even jump.

So mama, clear your throat and sing away. Your baby is listening now, and those same familiar ditties will soothe her even after she is born.

Check out www.prenatalmusic.com
for more information on the effects of prenatal music.

To buy a prenatal music therapy CD, go to www.newbirthcompany.com and hit the “click to shop” button. Incredible Birth Day is wonderful.