Viability

I have the distinct feeling my baby will arrive early.

http://www.medicinenet.com/fetal_development_pictures_slideshow/article.htm

Image of 28 Week Old Fetus

From BabyCenter.com:  “By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.”

When pregnant with Arlo in Bermuda, viability (life outside the womb) came at 32 weeks.  At 28 weeks you could be transported to a Boston Hospital in case anything went wrong. Reaching those two milestones were incredibly important.  A friend lost her son at 26 weeks.  I know other women who lost their babies at the same stage of pregnancy I am now experiencing.  I think about them and their children everyday.  Now that I live in the States viability is closer to 24 weeks, but hitting the 28th week, the start of my third trimester gives me a sense of relief that I cannot begin to describe, just as it did at 32 weeks with Arlo.

This baby may come early or my maternal instincts might be skewed, but every week that passes and every flip, burble and hiccup she communicates feels whole to me.  I grow more secure in her health and development every day and for that I am truly grateful.

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