i’m on my last week of the 8th month, so we went to visit the doctor and have the little girl scanned again.
since this is my first pregnancy, i had to ask the doctor how a contraction feels like, just in case i won’t be able to tell if i were going to labor. according to books, i won’t miss it. but the books also said that i should have started feeling the “practice (Braxton-Hicks) contraction“, where the uterus practices for the big day… and i haven’t felt it. so the doctor tried to simulate it by rubbing and massaging my tummy… it turns out that the pulling and tightening of the tummy that i’ve been feeling lately is the contraction…. so, i did miss it. well, that’s good to know. and the doctor added that the contraction for the labor will be much harder and actually painful (the one that i’ve been feeling is not painful at all… it actually feels kinda funny).
just like two weeks ago, it’s getting harder to see the the face since it barely fits into the screen. the doctor also told us that the weight measurement is probably less accurate than it was weeks before, for the same reason. according to today’s measurement, the baby is approximately 2.3kg, with 20% error range. the doctor said that it’s a good size… small enough to have a “not so tough delivery”… so we’re currently still on target to have a normal delivery (not caesarean section).
when the doctor tried to measure the girl’s chest for the weight calculation, it turns out that she’s doing breathing practice. her abdomen was moving, and it does look like she’s breathing. when still inside the womb, babies do not need to breathe, since the oxygen is supplied by the umbilical cord. but once in a while, they practice breathing by contracting and expanding their lungs, in preparation for birth. ari and i thought it was neat to see it.
towards the end of the scanning session, she was busy sucking her toes… she had her hands holding one of her feet up to her face. then we could see her putting her toes in her mouth and start sucking them…
“wow, so limber! she has started to act like a real baby!” ari said.
“she is a real baby”, the doctor chuckled.
starting next week, i’ll be visiting the doctor once a week. oooh, five more weeks to go and we can see the real baby! dun dun dun…