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The first few weeks of pregnancy are extremely important in the development of
your baby. During this critical period when the neural groove closes and the brain
chambers begin to form, the foetus is most susceptible to factors that interfere with
In the seventh week, your 1.3cm baby has more than doubled its size. Leg buds
begin to appear like short fins and the arm buds have divided into hand and arm-
shoulder segments. The heart bulges from the body and divides into right and left
chambers; air passages develop in the lungs, and the cerebral hemispheres of the
brain begin to grow. Eyes and nostrils are developing, and so too are the intestines,
and the tiny appendix is even present.
By week eight, your 2cm baby is about the size of a pinto bean! Its eyelid folds are
forming and nerve cells in the retina are beginning to develop. The tip of the nose is
present and the ears are starting to form internally and externally.
In the heart, the aortic and pulmonary valves are distinctively present. Tubes from
the throat to lungs begin to branch, like a tree, and the baby's trunk gets longer and
straightens out. Elbows are present and the arms and legs extend forward. As the
arms have grown longer, they bend at the elbows and cur ve slightly over the heart.
The digital rays, which become fingers, are notched, and toe rays are present on
The pitter-patter of tiny feet is now well and truly in the making!
Continue on a well balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and
choose an environment that is healthy for you and your developing baby. The safest
way to do this, is to avoid exposure to pollutants when possible, whether it's by oral
ingestion or through the air you breathe. One thing's for sure -- the healthier you are,
the healthier your bonny new baby will be!
Week 9: Your wee baby is already almost 3cm long -- about the size of a medium
green olive, and your expanding the uterus has grown to the size of a large
grapefruit! Your baby's arms and legs are longer, toes have formed and its hands
are flexed and meet over the heart area. The wee fingertips are slightly enlarged
where the touch pads are forming, and the head is more erect. Up until now, the eyes
have been uncovered, but they are almost covered now by the eyelids. Although you
won't feel it, your baby is starting to move!
Week 10: Your baby is now about the size of a small plum and weighs about 5
grams. The end of week 10 is the end of the embryonic period, and the start of the
foetal stage. By now your baby is starting to look more like a little human and the
organ systems and body development is well underway!
Next month we examine what happens in the next few weeks.
From the moment the seed of life
begins its journey inside the incubated
world of the womb, it grows at such a
rapid rate from embryo to foetus that
parents-to-be like to know where it's
at, every step of the way.
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Healthy and fun
A Napier half-ironman event, Iron Maori, is
being boosted with a $24,000 donation from
the Eastern and Central Community Trust.
December s multi-sport Iron Maori event
is being organised by the Te Timatanga
Ararau Trust, and will involve a 2 kilometre
swim, 90km cycle and a 21km run or walk.
It was first held in 2009 with just under
300 competitors. Last year the numbers
doubled and 1550 signed up for the Decem-
ber 2011 event within the first 10 minutes
of registration opening.
Iron Maori creator, Heather Skipworth,
says there are major health benefits for
those who take part, with many changing
their lifestyles, losing significant amounts
of weight and encouraging others to take
The trust donation will be used to buy a
shipping container, which will be fitted out
as an administrative centre.
At other times, it will be used to store
bike racks, safety cones and barriers, signs
and a public address system.
Family key to long union
One of the big highlights for English-born
couple Olive and Derek Wright, who cel-
ebrated their diamond wedding anniver-
sary at home in Napier last week, was
receiving a card of congratulations from
It was such a thrill, as we are both
royalists, Olive says.
She met her Mr Right in 1947 while
You could say it was a holiday
romance. Derek hadn t long been out of
the army when we met, and we just got on
He lived in Clacton and I lived 70
miles away in Norwich, so a lot of letters
were written! There were a lot of visits
too, and I would stay with his parents.
Their romance naturally progressed to
marriage and four years later they
exchanged vows on September 1, 1951.
Sixteen years and two children later,
Derek and Olive decided to live in New
Zealand. After a couple of months in
Auckland the family shifted to Napier
where Derek was branch manager of
They put the success of their 60-year
marriage down to shared interests, com-
promise and accepting the ups-and-downs
of life. Derek and Olive celebrated their
momentous occasion with their two chil-
dren, five grandchildren and one great-
Family has always been very import-
ant to us.
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