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Today is:July 30th, 2015
Your due date:August 15th, 2014
Weeks along: 89 W, 6 D
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RIE parenting

Wed Jul 29 11:54 PM by spacefem in Pregnancy & Parenting

Thanks for being a good sport about us rosefox, you're asking the right questions. I agree with the others - naming a collection of goals can only be for marketing. I like reading about parenting philosophies but I need concrete examples... I mean, who *doesn't* want a baby who's secure and content?

I will say that before I had my first baby I thought I'd be more "against the grain". Like, we did not buy a play gym and I really wanted very few toys, I'm an anti-materialist and think that lots of kids are overstimulated, and I still do think that. I figured if my kid wanted to look at something she'd have, like, trees. Or people talking to her. Or organic steamed finger foods.

Then six weeks hit and we were at a friends house and she got put under a play gym and she LOVED it, it was the first time I'd seen her play on her own, the little animals with their big eyes were easy to see and swat at and she just cooed and talked and kicked and smiled. And this was a baby who'd mostly screamed at me so far. So I was like okay kid, you get a play gym.


Braxton Hicks questions

Mon Jul 27 2:13 PM by Metcodon1 in Pregnancy & Parenting

In my experience "real" contractions are pretty much the whole uterus (top, bottom and lower back). I remember reading somewhere that the ones that get you dilated from 0-7/8 cm are largely the muscles pulling up, trying to stretch the cervix out. As a result many people largely do feel them most strongly at the top of their belly. Whether you feel them strongly in your back or not depends on how the baby is positioned. If you've heard the term "back labor" that usually happens if the back of the baby's head is pressed up against your spine (less common than when the baby's face is on the spine). The contractions that take you from 7 or 8 cm to 10 - i.e. the ones in the part of labor known as "transition" - do tend to be lower down (and also more painful). That said, I think there is A LOT of variation in experience...


the wonder weeks: practical help for parents or self-fulfilling quackery?

Mon Jul 20 2:29 AM by geerlady in Pregnancy & Parenting

I am actually a big fan of the wonder weeks. I found it better than most popular level books looking at infant development. My son was right on the clock for the fussy/happy times, and it was interesting to look for the new skills that I might not have noticed if I hadn't been watching for them.

On the other hand, I stumbled upon this accidentally, so didn't have any hype surrounding it. I also read the author biographies before picking up the book, so took everything with a grain of salt knowing that 1) the authors specialized in chimpanzees, not humans, and developed their theories based on chimps; 2) the bulk of the research is greater than 20 years old and so much of the book is out-dated; and 3) given #'s 1&2, incidental parenting advice had to be filtered.

That said, I still found the book useful and regularly recommend it to people.


Spacefem's homemade playdoh recipe

Mon Jul 13 3:01 AM by Zeph in Pregnancy & Parenting

A parent in my Kindergarten class would bring us homemade purple play dough that smelled like grape!


cosleeping

Fri Jun 12 4:01 PM by spacefem in Pregnancy & Parenting

Thanks! I was going to put my labor story in Random but never got around to it. I can try to do it soon - it's written out already so just a matter of editing.

Yes you must! I'm happy to hear from you, hope everything went and is going well :)


Newborns are difficult!

Wed Jul 29 3:35 PM by C˙glas in Pregnancy & Parenting

Hi again y'all. Now I have a two month old. Another photo? OK!
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So. Things are better. Still not great, but better. The meds have kicked in and they are awesome, because not only do I feel out of my PPD funk, but they are doing wonders on my not-previously-medicated social anxiety. It could be babies completely re-prioritizing everything. But, all I know is a couple of things have gone down in the past few weeks that would have sent me into a tailspin before, and now I'm like "I ain't even mad tho".

While I haven't replied directly to posts here, I have read everything and taken much of it to heart. I sincerely appreciate the support. I feel super lonely because it seems like moms around here come in super boring ("daytime TV is great!") or super crunchy ("don't vaccinate!") varieties. I hang out with LLL but don't take them and their philosophy too seriously.


do you have a parenting goal?

Sun Jul 26 5:16 PM by rosefox in Pregnancy & Parenting

I'm definitely in the "happy healthy child is my only goal" camp. I know some people who are superstars in their chosen fields. From what I can tell, being a superstar is completely exhausting and often really psychologically taxing. So if my kid isn't naturally inclined that way, I certainly don't intend to push them.

If I'm hoping for anything, I hope they'll end up being a quirky artsy/techy type like just about everyone else in the family. But my brother's a corporate lawyer and I love him anyway, so even if our kid turns out to be a white sheep, they'll just bond with Uncle A and it'll all be fine. :)


Diaper bags

Wed Jul 15 3:46 AM by geerlady in Pregnancy & Parenting

We used/still use our diaper bag quite a lot.

For our little guy's first year of life we were urban dwellers and I would often go out for half a day at a time. I would take a diaper for every hour I planned to be out of the house plus one, which was too much for the clutch. I needed a change pad, since he was often changed in nasty places, wipes, hand sanitizer (for changes away from running water), Kleenex, and disposal bags. He needed spare clothes, I needed a spare shirt (discovered after an emergency, useful many times afterwards), and it was useful to have a plastic bag for clothes which were victims of a diaper explosion. For longer days out I would bring two spares for him (and did have days where I used both). I would also have a nursing cover and a blanket in there. We also had a stroller cover for napping which was quite handy when we were taking the stroller as opposed to a carrier. And then there was my stuff, like my wallet, phone, lip balm, keys, granola bar, etc... I did pack the camera, and was often glad for it. Nearly all of our first year pics were from our little excursions.


Pregnancy insomnia

Thu Jun 25 9:05 AM by Gnarlbanya in Pregnancy & Parenting

Thanks for the tips. It's not so much getting to sleep that's the problem, it's staying that way that is causing the issue - too many things waking me up. I seem to be in a bit of a pattern now of alternating good and bad nights, which I guess I can live with. Meanwhile, Netflix is getting a damn good workout in the early hours.


Flying during third trimester

Wed May 27 2:03 AM by ablotial in Pregnancy & Parenting

Thanks, I love the part about not being able to lower the tray table all the way :) I never would have thought of that.

Normally, my doctor said not to do aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief, but only tylenol (acetemenophen) and even that only if -absolutely- needed after trying other remedies (like heat pack, cold pack, resting with lights closed eyes shut, etc). But the directions for flying specifically say to take one baby aspirin (81mg) a day for three days before the flight as well as the day of the flight to prevent blood clots. My guess is the risk of such a small dose is outweighed by the benefit of not getting blood clots for this particular situation.


What new thing did your baby do this week?

Tue Jul 28 7:24 PM by ladyhawk in Pregnancy & Parenting

Mine started walking. :( SO not ready for two kids running around getting into things.

Stay little longer!


for all you moms and future moms

Tue Jul 21 2:28 AM by DarkOne in Pregnancy & Parenting

Eek and here I was about to say this felt like a tame version of Mother Lover.


if you need to breastfeed, please cover yourself

Mon Jul 13 12:32 PM by DarkOne in Pregnancy & Parenting

Sorry to CPR a dying thread, but I came across this, and thought I'd share.

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Antidepressants during pregnancy

Thu Jun 25 1:03 AM by Aum in Pregnancy & Parenting

http://www.henriettes-herb.com/blog/pos ... ssion.html

Pre and post-partum depression have similar reasons, physically speaking. Check nutrition first.


getting along while doing things differently

Wed May 20 9:11 AM by Gnarlbanya in Pregnancy & Parenting

I'm finding it interesting that some people I've encountered (online) presume that if they know one of your pregnancy or parenting preferences or opinions, they can extrapolate them all. For example, in discussing pain relief options recently, after expressing my desire not to have an epidural it was also assumed that I would forego vaccinations for my child and would be automatically pro home VBAC. When I made it clear that this wasn't the case, people were more annoyed than they would have been had I just said I wanted an epidural. There seems to be a really odd sort of tribalism around many of these choices, and a strange playground mentality whereby you can't deviate from the 'norm' (made harder to navigate because different groups have very different norms). For me, my preference to go without an epidural is not out of any desire to have a more natural experience but more because I want to be able to walk around and I find the idea of having a catheter just horrible. That doesn't mean that I judge anyone else's choices or motives that differ from mine, though. I do think it's worth remembering that people may make identical choices for very different reasons.