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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.

 

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

As the world celebrates the birth of Princess Kate’s baby girl…Queen Elizabeth must be musing, “Times sure have changed since I was having babies!”

Mother of eight, Maxine Pierron agrees.  At 95, Maxine is six years older than Queen Elizabeth, but they were both birthin’ babies in the 1940′s.
The process is the same. But everything else…entirely different.
Here are just a few of the biggies:
1) Maxine never had the option of discovering the sex of her babies.  No ultrasound. No idea. Many times mothers didn’t even know if they were having multiples until delivery day.
2) Maxine never remembers having a big baby shower for any of her tribe.  Co-ed baby showers and gender reveal parties were non-existent.
3) No dads allowed! Not anywhere near the painful bellows of the feminine kind.  Truth be told, Maxine remembers her husband, who was a physician, ducking in a few times during delivery.  But she says he wished he hadn’t!
4) Maxine and her fellow mid-20th century mamas recovered  in the hospital for at least a week.  The cost, even without insurance, was minimal.
5) Maxine didn’t know what a car seat was until she had grandchildren.  Babies were swaddled and sent home riding unsecured in the front seat.
Maxine’s hospital births with anesthesia  were considered modern for the time.  Maxine’s daughter became a self-proclaimed hippie who changed her last name to Sun Shower.  She delivered her daughter ala natural.  In a commune…with an unlicensed midwife.
Maxine Pierron and Joanne Sunshower
Great Grandmother’s like Maxine…and the Queen are national treasures.  Today we  choose between home births and hospitals and knowing baby’s sex and surprises.  But I love the old stories from baby-rich mamas.  This month, I join with 4 generations of the Pierron family in wishing the feisty, almost-centennial Maxine a wonderful 95th birthday and Mother’s Day this week.  Here’s to many more!