Recap for Blog 29 – Twelve very precious weeks: Zani and Jake can scarcely wait to meet their baby shortly after their first visit to Miriam, their midwife. However, to be on the safe side Miriam is reluctant to organise an ultrasound before most of the major organs have been established. Zani and Jake agree that they are in safe hands.
“Remember,” she laughs, “these aren’t carved in stone. Moses didn’t bring these down from the mount. And, most importantly …” she taps my flat tummy, “this little one hasn’t read any of it! Baby here is developing at his, or her own pace, so my guidelines are just broad strokes to help you share in the wonder of your baby’s progress. You hear me?”
A sharp cookie with a sense of humour – priceless!
We’ve just cleared away the dishes, poured ourselves juice and made ourselves comfortable outside under the jacaranda at the bottom of the garden. I feel so lucky – Jake is enjoying the journey as much as I am and when he brings out the folder with Miriam’s email, I feel like leaping with joy!
I cuddle up and listen to his deep voice as he reads.
Congratulations, Jake and Zani, you have embarked on a journey of a lifetime.
Your due date is: 19 July
You are: 4 weeks pregnant
The following information provides a glimpse of your baby’s development in broad strokes. It is not exact, but indicates what is likely to be happening at each stage during normal development.
The first trimester is by far the most important because weeks 1–12 mark the time when your baby is being created. Yes, conception occurs at the moment of fusion, but from that one single cell a miraculous process needs to unfold whereby cells need to move around and stop at a predetermined time to select (from all the available genetic material) what is needed to develop that particular part of the body.
This process is fragile and a pregnancy may spontaneously terminate during that time should it appear that there is any nutrient or hormonal deficiency, reproductive immunity, infections, toxins, trauma or Mom and Dad’s genetic material is not compatible.
I want to congratulate you on following a preconceptual programme. With such responsible choices, the chances of co-creating a healthy baby are greatly increased.
Zani, remember to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Jake, you’re off the hook, but don’t fall off the rails – Zani needs you.