Home' Napier Mail : December 6th 2011 Contents 10 NAPIER MAIL, DECEMBER 7, 2011
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, eve ry step of the way.
19 - 22 WEEKS
Pregnancy week by week ...
19 to 22 week stage
The first few months of pregnancy are
extremely important in the development of
your baby, and this month we are focusing on
the weeks’ 19 to 22 stage.
Week 19: Now weighing about 200 grams, it ’s
incredible to think that your baby will increase
its weight more than 15 times between now
and delivery! With such a rapid growth it’s
important for you to get enough calcium every
day. Studies show you need around 1200mg
each day during pregnancy.
Week 20: Congratulations, you’re half way
The skin covering your baby begins growing
from two layers – the epidermis, which is on
the surface, and the dermis, which is the
deeper layer. At this point in your pregnancy,
the epidermis is arranged in four layers, and
one of these layers is responsible for the
surface patterns on the fingertips, palms
and soles. These patterns are genetically
determined. The deeper layer of skin, the
fatty dermis, forms projections that contain
small blood vessels or nerves that push
upward into the surface layer. When a baby is
born, its skin is covered in a white substance
(vernix) that looks like paste. Around this 20th
week, the vernix is secreted by the glands in
the skin and protects your growing baby’s
skin from the amniotic fluid.
At 20 weeks, it may be possible to hear
your baby’s heartbeat with a stethoscope,
but don’t worry if you can’t because it’s not
always easy even for the doctor who does
this on a regular basis!
A baby’s heart beats rapidly, usually around
120 to 160 every minute, which is about twice
as fast as an adult’s pulse rate.
Week 21: You’re now in the first week of
the second half of your pregnancy and,
having gained around 5kgs, your waistline
is nowhere in sight. Your baby is rapidly
growing too and is now about the size of a
large 300-gram banana. The ears are fully
functioning and can hear muffled sounds
from the outside world.
Different organ systems within the baby are
beginning to mature, as well as the digestive
system, which is functioning in a simple way.
The baby is now able to swallow water from
the amniotic fluid, and pass unabsorbed
matter as far as the large bowel. Its tiny
genitals can now be distinguished with an
Week 22: Eyebrows and eyelids are now well
developed, and little fingernails even cover the
fingertips, which already have prints. Organs,
such as the liver, are becoming specialised for
the particular function. To help your own body
keep up with the increase in blood volume,
drink plenty of extra water. When your urine
looks almost like clear water then you’ll know
you’re drinking enough fluid.
Throughout your pregnancy, enjoy a well
balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit
and vegetables, because the healthier you
are, the healthier your bonny new baby will
Next month we examine what happens in the
next few weeks.
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Art to suit all tastes
Brushing up: Art in progress.
The Napier Art Club’s annual
exhibition is on until until
Sunday, December 11.
With more than 80 paintings,
there’s something for every-
one’s taste and budget.
The members’ exhibition and
sale is open daily from 10am till
4pm, with a 7pm late night
tomorrow, Thursday, December
8 at the clubrooms in Vigor
Art guide has
Outsider art: Lilies, by Suzanne
Butson of Dunedin, is on the cover of
the 2012 Hawke’s Bay Art Guide.
Glass lilies made by a Dunedin art-
ist grace the cover of the 2012
Hawke’s Bay Art Guide.
General manager of Creative
Hastings, Malcolm Calder, says
that although the work is by an out-
of-town artist, it was stocked by a
Napier gallery, Statements.
Last year’s cover image was a
work by Napier artist Martin Pop-
pelwell, but the guide has used
works by artists from outside
Hawke’s Bay on the cover in past
years, Mr Calder says. The key is
that the work is being exhibited in
A work by Havelock North artist
David Trubridge is on the 2012
guide’s back cover.
The free 24-page guide to
Hawke’s Bay artists’ studios and art
galleries is out now and available
from i-Sites and other information
Formerly produced by Creative
Hawke’s Bay, the publication is now
in its 12th year and, for the first
time, is the result of a joint venture
between Creative Napier and Cre-
Workshops and galleries from
Waipukurau to Bay View are
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