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The first few weeks of pregnancy are extremely impor tant in the development
of your baby, and this month we are focusing on the weeks’ 11 to 14 stage.
Week 11: Growth is very rapid. Weighing about 8 grams, your tiny babe is
about the size of a large lime and its head is takes up almost half of its 6cm
body length. As the head extends, the chin rises from the chest while the neck
develops and lengthens. Even little fingernails begin to appear during this
week, and external genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features.
Week 12: Over the past three weeks your baby’s size has almost doubled,
weighing about 14 grams. By now, your uterus is too large to remain
completely in your pelvis and it begins to grow upward into your tummy area.
The tiny skeletal system now has centres of bone formation, fingers and toes
have separated, the nails are growing and basic hair appears on the body. By
now, even the baby’s small intestine is capable of producing contractions that
push food through the bowel, and the pituitary gland at the base of the brain
is beginning to make many hormones. In this 12th week, the tiny human’s
external genitalia are starting to show clear signs of male or female sex
Week 13: Along with your uterus, your baby is continuing to grow very rapidly
and is now roughly 7cm long, weighing about 20 grams and is the size a
peach! At this point, its little body is the same size as its head, but from
here on the growth of the body will accelerate while the head growth slows
down. Your baby’s face is now beginning to look more humanlike because the
eyes, which started out on the side of the head, have now moved a bit closer
together on the face, and the ears begin to take their normal position on each
side of the head. Even the tiny intestines have now withdrawn into the baby’s
abdominal cavity after developing in the umbilical cord outside of its body.
Week 14: It’s not surprising your waistline has expanded, because your baby is
now about the size of your fist! The neck has extended and the chin no longer
rests on the chest. Your baby is looking more human as every day passes, and
you’re curious about the gender, it’s now possible to tell whether your baby is a
girl or a boy!
As for mum, keep on with a well balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit
and vegetables, because the healthier you are, the healthier your bonny new
baby will be!
Next month we examine what happens in the next few weeks.
From the moment the seed of life
begins its jou rney 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 whe re it’s
at, every step of the way.
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Library members will have access to free eBooks
via the Napier Libraries website from late
Napier Libraries have joined a consortium of 14
lower North Island public libraries to work with
OverDrive, a global distributor of digital media to
The new service will make both eBooks and
audio books available to download.
Napier Libraries manager, Sheryl Reed, says
many books can be downloaded onto one compact
device, which is ‘‘great for holidays and voracious
There will be extra books to choose from in
addition to the hardcopy titles housed in the
Napier and Taradale library buildings.
‘‘[The eBooks]will be available 24 hours a day.
eBooks can be downloaded while you’re at work, at
home or anywhere that has internet access.’’
Sheryl says some eReaders may not be compat-
ible with the OverDrive software.
‘‘At this stage Kindle eReaders are incompat-
ible, but this may change in the future.’’
For more information see the Napier Libraries
website library.napier.govt.nz in October.
Looking for local heroes
Celebrating: At a New Zealander of the Year promotion on Marine
Parade were, from left, Constable Raj Cotter with Kiwibank and Leg
Up Trust staff, Regan Savage, Katie Johnston, Robyn McNicol, Ros
Rowe, Jules Livingston, Sharon Thomas, Gill Smailes and Abby the
fox terrier cross.
As much as Ros Rowe hated
being in the spotlight, being
named a New Zealander of the
Year Local Hero last year was
a huge boost for her Hastings-
based Leg-Up Trust.
Being a finalist in the
national awards ‘‘gave us
some credibility,’’ she says.
The Leg-Up Trust reaches
out to disadvantaged youth
who suffer social, behavioral
or emotional problems by
teaching them horse riding
and equine care.
If you know a local hero you
think should be given recog-
nition you have until October
14 to get your nomination in
for the 2012 awards.
Nominations are also being
sought for Coca Cola Amatil
Young New Zealander,
Countdown Senior New Zea-
lander, Mitre 10 Community
Person of the Year and the
major award, Kiwibank New
Zealander of the Year.
The New Zealander of the
Year Award is open to all
citizens aged over-15 and the
recipient will be selected for
his or her major contribution
to our nation. They will have
demonstrated an unrivalled
ability to inspire us all
achievements and their out-
standing service to New
See nzawards.org.nz or at
Kiwibank, Countdown and
For information text ‘‘nomi-
nate’’ to 244 or freephone
0508 692 927.
To find out more about the
Leg-Up Trust visit legup.co .nz
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