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Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks, Infant CPR & How's My Baby?

Original Posting at NewlyParents.com here

yourbaby_week30It's quite fascinating that we're able to say the baby is only 10 weeks away. It's just around the corner! The 30th week was quite a week for us. We had our monthly visit with the baby doctor and got to hear his heartbeat again. We love hearing his little heartbeat! She had everything looked wonderful and we would even get one more ultrasound. She likes to do an ultrasound around 36 weeks to see if the baby has turned and ready for his big adventure. It will be nice to have one more picture of him before his big day! We have also graduated to doctors visits every two weeks.

We also had another baby class this week right after the doctors appointment. This weeks class was unexpectedly the most intense. Infant CPR. It was different than all the other classes in the sense that it was completely backwards. In all the other classes (birthing, new born magic, etc) you learned things that you wanted to use with your baby. In Infant CPR you are learning things that you hope to never use. While part of the class was rather uncomfortable to think about, I think in the end it's better to have the information than to not have it. For all the first time parents out there, we strongly recommend asking your hospital what new born classes they offer and take all of them. Even if some of the information is common sense, you still take away some valuable information and it's a great time to bond. Our classes are taught by the nursing staff of the birthing center so it gives you a great opportunity to answer some of the questions you may have. They see it everyday. Every first time parent that we have talked to that didn't take any classes said they wish they would have.

We'd like to hear from you. Did you or are you taking any baby classes with your pregnancy? How was it?

Since it's Thursday, this marks the turn of a new week in baby development so here is this week's update on the baby in week 30!

Your baby's height and weight haven't changed much in the past week, but the big news is your baby's brain gain. Until now, the surface of your baby's brain was smooth. Now, your fetus's brain is taking on those characteristic grooves and indentations. The reason for this change in appearance? Those wrinkles allow for an increased amount of brain tissue — a necessary change as your baby prepares for life outside your womb, and the street smarts he or she will need.

Another big change this week: Your baby's bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells (before, tissue groups and then the spleen took care of producing the blood cells). This is an important step for your baby, because it means he or she is better able to thrive on his or her own once born (with a little TLC from you, of course).

So it's in with the new (brain cells, red blood cells) and out with the old (lanugo). Much of the lanugo — the soft, downy hair covering your baby's body — is beginning to disappear now because both fat and the brain are regulating your baby's body temperature (so no need for that furry coat anymore). But you may see a few leftover strands of fur on your newborn's back and shoulders.

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