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Pregnancy At Week 7

Pregnancy At Week 7

What Fruit Size Is My Baby in Pregnancy at Week 7?
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    I’m pretty sure this is what all the updates and reading we do boil down to. Pregnancy week 7 you are a blueberry. Woohoo!! That is half an inch long, and if you are keeping track that is double the size from this time last week.

    What Does Baby Look Like?

    Your baby is about ready to give you a round of applause as his/her hands and feet start to form this week. We will have to hold off a little longer to see if baby will have that Mommy or Daddy’s feet since. You see they don’t have individual toes and fingers.

    In terms of name calling (which we never should do- amiright mom?) we would refer to the baby an embryo still. No shame in being an embryo. We all start somewhere. Literally. We all started there.

    Another small detail. Your baby has a tail at the moment. It’s a small one and if it makes you feel better, this is just the tailbone protruding past the back. Your little nugget will grow into that tail in no time (specifically a couple weeks from now.) And grow into I mean it will disappear.

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    The baby is beginning to develop eyelids. They are partly covering her/ his little eyes. Amazingly enough the eyes already have a little pigment. Aww and there is a tip of the nose forming too. I can’t wait to find out what it looks like! Baby eskimo kisses are the best. He/she is almost ready for them.

    What Else Is Happening To Baby This Week?

    There is growth occurring in both sides of the baby’s brain. The liver is starting to churn out some red blood cells. If you are good at science you might wonder why the liver is on red blood cell duty. Let me tell you, the liver only does this until the bone marrow can take over this function.

    There is an appendix in there and a pancreas that gear up to make insulin eventually to help with digestion.

    The umbilical cord is forming from a loop in the intestines. The cord has blood vessels to carry the necessary life giving nutrients/oxygen to the baby.

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    What Is Going On With Mom?

    You could be puking your guts out, or you could be feeling fine. Luck of the draw in pregnancy week 7. If you are feeling fine, please don’t worry that something is wrong. Some people just don’t get morning sickness. Enjoy your pregnancy glow uninterrupted by the green tinged pallor of morning sickness. If you have sickness it is in full swing about now. I am so sorry. I know that it’s not fun. Candied ginger, crackers, tea, peppermint and lemon drops may be your best friends now. I hope they bring some relief.

    Peeing more than usual? Don’t worry, this is due to your increasing blood volume and the extra fluid going through the ol’ kidneys. In the future the trips will be due to the fetus putting pressure on your bladder, but that is not usually the case this early on. Interesting factoid your body is already creating 10% more blood than it used to. According to babycenter.com this number will increase to 40 to 45% by the end of pregnancy. Wow.

    Morning Sickness/Excessive Pee – Make It Go Away…

    I’m sorry I can’t do that. What you should know is that about half of women that have morning sickness will see it go away by about 14 weeks. The remaining people will see it disappear by about a month after that. There are exceptions, but lets thing positive.

    Peeing excessively is kind of your thing while your pregnant. Probably the earlier you embrace that the better. I mean the reason that it happens will change as mentioned above, but it will be something that happens.

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    Prenatal Visits – Mentally Prepare

    Usually if this is a first pregnancy with no cause for concern your first visit will occur in the next few weeks.

    You are bound to have a million questions. Take the time to write down questions in order to remember them to ask your doctor at the visits. Think of these visits as a chance to ease your mind and hash out what’s to come. Also a chance to get to know your doctor and vice versa.

    Bring a list of medications to the appointment and discuss if any are unsafe. This includes any supplements too.

    Know the first day of your last period (by heart.) You are going to be asked this, and also this is the way to figure out your due date.

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    Family medical history may come up during your visit too. If not in the first appointment some time in the future.

    Prenatal Visits – Physcially Prepare

    Weight will be taken at pretty much every visit, along with blood pressure and urine. Glamorous. You will probably have your abdomen measured to see if you are on target, position of baby is checked as things progress, and you can listen to the baby’s heart beat. Different appointments may require different exams and tests.

    Activity To Try

    Take a belly picture. Take them monthly until baby comes.

    For more information on this week in pregnancy please visit babycenter.com

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    Published on October 18, 2018

    Reading for Kids: 17 Reasons Why It’s Important and Where to Start

    Reading for Kids: 17 Reasons Why It’s Important and Where to Start

    Reading is one of the most important activities that you can encourage your children to do. It’s entertaining, thought provoking, and absolutely critical to success later in life.

    Being a proficient reader by the third grade is an integral factor in a child’s future success. Reading for kids is not just a fun pastime. It is the gateway to learning about other people, places, and ideas, with limitless possibilities.

    Why Reading for Kids Is Important?

    Develops Vocabulary and Language Skills

    Before your kids are able to read on their own, it’s important to nurture a love for books early on. Reading aloud to them at a young age is a great way to promote verbal communication skills between parent and child.

    As kids get older, we speak to them on a daily basis, but the vocabulary and topics that they are exposed to are limited and often repetitive. Reading books will improve your child’s vocabulary and expose them to different types of sentence structure, writing styles, and ways to express themselves.

    Not only will your children’s reading comprehension improve over time, this will also have a positive effect on their writing and communication skills. For children who are bilingual or learning a second language, reading is an important component of attaining or maintaining fluency.

    Encourages a Thirst for Knowledge

    There are books written about any topic imaginable, many in a wide variety of reading levels.

    When reading books, your kids will be introduced to a wide variety of topics, cultures, and ideas. They will realize how much knowledge is out there to be discovered and delve further into the subjects that interest them the most.

    In many cases, they will be enjoying the content of the book so much that they won’t even realize they are gaining so much knowledge about a particular topic.

    Increases Empathy

    Children have a very narrow understanding of the world around them. This is due to the limited number of experiences that they have encountered, based on the circumstances in which they grew up.

    Reading books about different types of people who have had a wide range of experiences allow kids to not only appreciate diversity but also to understand what it may be like being in someone else’s shoes.

    Doing so will help them appreciate and empathize with people who have very little in common with them and help them develop into more well-rounded individuals.

    The Best Form of Entertainment

    In the current age, technology has become the go-to for entertainment for adults and kids. Although TV shows and kids apps like these can be a great resource for learning, books are a better choice every time.

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    Rather than spending hours in front of a screen, encourage your kids to consider books as the default source of entertainment. Studies show that in families where reading was emphasized, the children are more likely to read independently and develop a passion for books in the long run.

    Creates a Bond

    There are multiple ways that reading creates a bond between parent and child. Starting from infancy, reading aloud promotes closeness and intimacy through spending time together and being physically close.

    As your child gets older, you can continue to read aloud or read the same book separately and talk about the parts that you enjoyed the most.

    Use reading as an opportunity engage and interact with your child, asking them about their thoughts on topics covered in the book or connecting the story to everyday life.

    Exercises Their Brain

    Reading requires more brain power than watching TV. When our kids read books, they utilize the part of their brain that deals with multi-sensory integrations, making connections between words and visual thinking.

    For beginner readers, illustrations can be a useful tool to help them grasp the narrative and gain better comprehension. In the case of more advanced readers, they use their brain when gathering context clues to help them figure out words or phrases that are unfamiliar.

    Reading also stimulates critical thinking, spurring kids to make connections between the book and real life and to form opinions about the story.

    Improves Concentration

    Reading a book requires focus and concentration, which are essential skills to work on, even for toddlers who have trouble sitting still.

    Consistently reading books will help your kids practice quieting their minds and their bodies to focus on a task for a set period of time.

    By taking away distractions and giving them space to read and understand, their attention spans and ability to concentration will greatly improve over time.

    Sets Them up for Success in School and Life

    There have been numerous studies that indicate reading books to children at an early age has a lasting effect on their success in school, which often directly correlates with success in the workplace.[1] But the benefits are not just limited to academic success.

    Reading is a long-term learning experience that promotes growth, which will result in your children becoming more effective people overall – better spouses, bosses, and friends.

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    Promotes Creativity and Imagination

    When reading a story, our children create an image of how they perceive the story to look in their minds, using creativity and imagination. Every person sees a different image in their mind, and it may change each time the same book is read.

    Reading also introduces new worlds, whether real or fictional, that we have never been a part of before. Immersing in the book allows your kids to imagine new experiences and scenarios that they never thought possible.

    They will be able to bring these ideas into their play time and use their creativity to go beyond the limits brought on by their everyday lives.

    Where To Start

    Now that you are aware of the multitude of benefits that reading can provide for your kids, what’s the next step?

    If your child has not yet developed a love for reading, it’s not too late to start.

    1. Make Reading a Choice, Not a Chore

    Don’t make reading a mandatory task or assigned chore. Encourage and remind your kids to read, but let them make the ultimate decision on when to read and for how long. Feeling like they are being compelled to read will inevitably take the joy out of the experience.

    If you have a reluctant reader, try to figure out what the root cause of the reluctance is. If your kids are struggling with words, find a few books below their reading level to instill confidence in recognizing the words they DO know. Gradually transition to harder books until they are more eager to read voluntarily.

    Another alternative is to try audiobooks. Hearing another person reading confidently is a great way to experience fluency, and they will be able to enjoy the book without having to stumble through it.

    If the content is the issue, and they find reading to be boring, introduce them to different types of reading material (see below).

    2. Suggest a Variety of Reading Material

    Reading can come in so many forms and every type has something unique to offer the reader. If your kids are having trouble finding joy in reading, it may be because they haven’t found a genre that fits their interests.

    Traditional books come in many genres, including mystery, history, biographies, fantasy, science fiction, and more. Some books are written in unique and fun styles, such as choose your own adventure books, diary novel, or epistolary novel.

    If you are looking for reading material that is more visually stimulating, try a graphic novel, a magazine, or a travel book. Books are also great resources for learning a new skill. Joke books, magic books, and cook books are great examples of these.

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    Don’t forget to show your kids the practical side of reading as well. Enlist their help in reading out the grocery list at the store or ask them to read recipe instructions when cooking in the kitchen together. All types of reading counts:

      3. Experience Books Firsthand

      As your kids read more books, they may start to imagine what it would be like if they were characters in the books. A great way to support their love for reading would be to help them depict their favorite parts of their book.

      Look up a recipe for butter beer (Harry Potter) or Turkish Delight (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) and make it together. Start planting a garden together after reading The Secret Garden.

      Another fun way to celebrate finishing a book is watching the movie interpretation of it. Seeing beloved characters come to life on screen is an easy way to enhance the enjoyment of reading.

      4. Be an Example

      You are the main person that your kids look up to. Kids love copying their parents and doing the things they observe their parents doing on a daily basis.

      Don’t just tell your kids to read often; show them by doing it yourself.[2] Actions speak louder than words.

      When you model your own love of reading and books and show them the joy it brings to your life, they will be inclined to feel the same way.

      5. Set Aside Time

      For a child with a busy schedule and so many other fun screen-filled activities to choose from, it can be difficult to purposely reserve time for reading.

      Make this decision a little easier by creating dedicated time that is just for reading. This can be just before bed, right after homework, or whatever time works best for your family’s busy schedule. This time can be used for read aloud time with your child or independent reading.

      6. Bring Books to Life

      Finding real life connections to the books that your kids are reading will extend the joy of the reading experience.

      Did your children just finish a book about life on the farm? Take them to visit a local farm and experience what they read about firsthand. Reading a book about planets and space can turn into a trip to the planetarium.

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      For a more memorable excursion, take a family trip out of the country, like visiting London after finishing the Harry Potter series.

      7. Make Books Accessible

      One of my favorite activities to do as a child was to go to the library. The vast number of books that were at my disposal made me so excited to read.

      Find a great library in your area to take your children and let them experience the magic of limitless possibility. Sign your kids up for their own library card and encourage them to take ownership of their reading adventure.

      Start a small collection of books at home so that your kids will always have books at their fingertips. Visit a bookstore, browse online, or sign up for a monthly book subscription. Getting access to new books on a regular basis will keep reading exciting and fun.

      8. Start a Book Club

      Having other people help you stay accountable is a great motivation to read more and to discover new books you may not have otherwise.

      Encourage your kids to start a book club, either with their peers or with you. Choose a book everyone would enjoy and set a deadline for getting together and discussing what each person thought of the book. The tangible due date is a great incentive to stay on track and read on a regular basis.

      The Bottom Line

      Fostering a love for reading in your kids is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.

      Reading books can transport them anywhere they could imagine, and the benefits that it provides for them in the short and long term are innumerable.

      Use these tips to actively encourage reading to be an enjoyable part of their lives, and it will be worth the effort.

      Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

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