31 Weeks Pregnant

1 Dec
"This week, your baby measures about 16 inches long. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is headed for a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and he’s beginning to accumulate a layer of fat underneath his skin in preparation for life as a newborn. As a result, his arms, legs, and body are filling out."
 
"Your baby receives all the nutrients he or she needs through the placenta, and the placental blood flow is what allows your baby to produce urine. Your baby urinates approximately half a liter of urine a day into the amniotic fluid. He or she also swallows some of the fluid, which is completely replaced several times a day. Excess fluid in the amniotic sac (a condition known as polyhydramnios) may mean that the baby isn’t swallowing normally or that he or she has a gastrointestinal obstruction. Not enough fluid in the amniotic sac (oligohydramnios) may mean that the baby isn’t urinating properly, and could indicate a problem with the kidneys or urinary system."
 
Isn’t it interesting how discussions about babies seem to so often turn into discussions about bodily emissions?
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