Monday, November 2, 2009

10 weeks 2 days

According to, this week: He's the size of a shrimp-- a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

I also read in another book that the brain is developing 250,000 neurons PER MINUTE now, isn't that crazy!!!

Usually I get my weekly photos on but I didn't like the one for week ten so I used google images to find it. What came up on my screen were heartbreaking, graphic images of little 10 week old aborted fetuses It’s not like I haven’t seen those kind of pictures before—I have. But they seemed even more heartbreaking to me now because that’s what I’m carrying inside me. The pictures I put up every week are great, but I don’t know if they are pictures of real babies or if they are wax models. These pictures are obviously real babies. I am not going to put them up here because they are very graphic, but you can find them if you really want to see. They have perfectly formed little fingers and itty bitty toes. Their heads and torsos are still a little out of proportion, but they still look like teeny humans. It makes me cry to see them, murdered because their someone didn’t want to be inconvenienced. I distinctly remember when my dad told me about abortion, and how it was done. We were driving along the road and it was just us. I was either 10 or 11, the year we were in the States and I went to public school, and I was asking him because girls at school were talking about getting them. When he told me what they did it made me so sick I almost had to throw up on the side of the road. Then when I was older I saw this picture somewhere.

This doctor was doing a spinal surgery on this 21 or 22 week old fetus. Legally, he could’ve aborted it, but he chose to heal instead of kill. I don’t mean this post to be morose, but seeing these pictures really hit hard. May God give my baby health and enough time in my uterus to grow and be healthy. And may Obama not pass the health bill, or at least not the part about abortions.

1 comment:

Dusty Penguin said...

What an amazing photo of the surgery and the emphasis on healing instead of killing. I think one thinks more about abortion when pregnant than at any other time. I'm so thankful for the organizations that are helping women know they have another choice.