Grow Baby Grow
Your baby’s head is now more circular. Teeth buds come into view. As tiny eyelids begin to close to protect developing eyes, your baby’s eyes begin to take on their permanent color. Although most eyes appear blue on delivery day due to incomplete pigmentation, their real color appears later.
Your baby’s neck is now forming. The umbilical cord is well defined; it takes mere seconds for the exchange of oxygen and nutrients to occur between you and your baby. Wharton’s jelly encases the vessels within the cord to protect its structure by keeping it free of kinks. The presence of this jelly secures the flow of precious blood containing the vital oxygen and nutrients necessary for the baby to thrive and survive in your womb. On delivery day, your baby’s umbilical cord will measure 20 – 22 inches in length and approximately 1 inch in thickness. The placenta will tip the scales at approximately 1½ pounds. Presently, the placenta is a mere 1 ounce but this amazing part of your baby’s lifeline will get bigger as your baby grows. So, grow baby grow!
Speak with your health care team about becoming part of Dr. Kliman’s exciting new study to ensure the wellbeing of your baby while proactively helping to secure your baby’s health on delivery day. For more information on EPV, please refer to Week 7.
If your healthcare team is concerned about any aspect of your pregnancy and performs an ultrasound at any other time during your pregnancy, please ask the team to repeat the EPV measurement again at that time.
EPV is a ResearchKit app that allows patients to follow the growth of their baby’s placenta (the fetal organ that acts like the roots of a tree, bringing nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the developing fetus). Dr. Harvey Kliman, M.D., Ph.D, a Yale researcher and a member of PAK’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC), would like you to join his pregnancy study to monitor your expected baby’s placenta, the organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy to provide your baby nutrients and oxygen.