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Fetal/prenatal education series: What are benefits of fetal/prenatal education?

In my opinion, the biggest benefit of fetal/prenatal education is that it offers a head start of parent-child bonding.

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Finally, the third trimester!

Beginning today, July 29, 2011, I am entereing the third trimester of this pregancy. During the latest routine check-up, the doctor measured my tommy and informed me that my tommy was as big as the size of a singleton pregnant woman in her 36th week.

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Fetal/prenatal education series: ancient Chinese theories

Ancient Chinese theories believes that fetal/pretal education should start at the time when a human being is formed sometime between conception and birth.

Fetal development was seen at not only physical growth, but a spiritual component—named variously as “soul” or “spirit”—was added or “infused” at a particular time during pregnancy.

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Fetal/prenatal education series: does fetal/prenatal education really work? (Part 1)

Only one decade ago, talking to a baby in the womb or playing music to it still sounded ridiculous or unrealistic. Nowadays the powerful connections between fetal/prenatal education and memory and learning in utero have been revealed in formal experiments, scientific researches, publications, parental observations, and first person reports.

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Fetal/prenatal education series: what is fetal/prenatal education?

Fetal education, sometines called prenatal education, refers to improving an unborn child’s full potential through outside influence on the womb, such as touching/rubbing the surface of belly, reading/talking to the fetus, playing music to the fetus, and etc. Some researchers in the field believe that it is possible to boost a fetus’s intellectual, emotional, and behavioral development via prenatal stimulations or “education”.

I practiced fetal/prenatal education on DD beginning the fourth month of the pregnancy (see Fetal/prenatal education in 4th month). Now she is growing up into an exceptionally healthy, highly intelligent and remarkably beautiful three-year-old.

She has excellent personality: naturally kind-hearted, happy, optimistic, generous, passionate, considerate, and even humorous. She is bit of stubborn, but knows when to yield and compromise; she is bit of aggressive, but understands the rules of sharing and co-play; she is bit of too independent, but calls for help when she needs it (I know, I am bragging about my baby, like any parent in the world).

Overall, DD is the perfect and dream child so far, in my opinion. She lights up my life and brings me enormous joy and enlightenment.
I cannot say all of these DD’s good qualities result in the fetal education. But I do believe that any practice of fetal/prenatal education, such as reading to the fetus or playing music to it, is actually not a waste of time.

I am beginning a new series on the topics of fetal/prenatal education. Today, I want to talk about what is fetal/prenatal education, based on the research I have done and my own understanding and practicing.

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More understanding on PAPP-A and Down syndrome

Yesterday I went to visit the genetic specialist to consult on Down syndrome and PAPP-A. She reassured to me that the risk calculation was based on my age, the situation that I am carrying twins, and other factors. Therefore, the first trimester screening was not diagnostic and the risk percentage was just an estimate.

Also, she pointed to me, even for baby B (baby A was even better), the rate of him/her having down syndrome was only 0.3367%, which meant 99.66% of chance he/she would be perfectly healthy.

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One baby might be at the increased risk of Down syndrome…

Last Tuesday, I went to conduct the first-trimester prenatal screening or Nuchal Translucency Test. By late Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from the prenatal image center that the risks of my babies to have Down syndrome and Edwards and/or Patau’s syndrome (trisomy 18, or trisomy 13) were within normative range (see My first trimester screeing was negative!).

Today, I stopped by the prenatal image center to get the copies of the first trimester screening report. By surprise, I found out the risk percentage I was told last Friday was only for one baby, baby A.

There was a separate report for the other baby, baby B. And his/her risk percentage of Down syndrome was slightly higher than the cut-off (but still higher than risk percentage before screening). Therefore, baby B might be at the increased risk of Down syndrome.

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My first trimester screeing was negative!

This later afternoon, I received a phone call from prenatal image center that the risk of my babies to have Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome was within normative range.

The risk percentage was not as good as three years ago when I had DD (see The first trimester test), but it made sense considering currently I was categorized as “older woman” and carrying twins.

Still, it made me happy and relieved to know that my babies passed the first-trimester prenatal screening or Nuchal Translucency Test!

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I am having twins!

“I don’t feel any sickness. Sometimes I was wondering ‘am I really pregnant?’” I told the nurse, during my first checkup for pregnancy.

“We are going to find it out!” she smiled.

After a while, the doctor came in. She was kind and patient. She gave me a physical and then an ultrasound.

“Your baby looks beautiful”, after measuring its size and verify the due date, she smiled at me.

I was about to get up.

Then, “wait a minute…. I see…” she stared at the screen, “another one!”

Another one?!

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Magic happens when you relax

Since I had the experience of being pregnant with DD, I thought I would know when the blessing came to me the second time. But, still, the news caught me completely off guard.

I am pregnant again!!

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Connecting to my baby

Belgian poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck once wrote a fairy tale named the Blue Bird. In this work, the author describes how the soul of a baby, waits in the hall of the Blue Palace (Paradise) to be born, and comes down when called by the mother. Although this is a fairy tale, it brings […]

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Gaining too much weight

During yesterday’s pregnancy routine visit, the doctor gave me a warning. He told me, although my blood pressure was acceptable (122/80), and there was so protein in the urine, he found I had gained too much weight (40 pounds already). Besides, there was a trace of suger showing in my urine. Even I passed the […]

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Fetal hiccups

What is fetal hiccups? How come baby has hiccups inside the tummy since there is no air there? Here are the answers I found.

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My baby is a rat

According to Chinese zodiac*, 2008 is the year of rat. Therefore my baby, who is expected to come in June this year, is a rat, the head animal of the 12 animals of Asian astrology. So what does the symbol rat associate? According to Wikipedia, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, […]

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Changes of fetal movements

With her body growing, there is less and less room in the uterus for her to play. Therefore, there are less kicking, punching and knocking. Instead, there are more swirling, turning and rolling.

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Relationship in pregnancy

Pregnancy doesn’t tear us apart, but unit us closer than ever before.

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Looking for a car seat

With the coming of the D-day, I begin to think about all the necessary things that I need to prepare for her. The first thing is a safe car seat.

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PIH finally got improved!

Yesterday’s doctor visit gave me a good report. My blood pressure was 120/80, and there was no protein in the urine. All meant my PIH (Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension, preeclampsia, also called toxemia) had improved!

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Health vs wealth

What is your greatest wealth? The answer is: health.

With a healthy physical, mental and emotional foundation, you have the strength, will and confidence to pursue your dreams and make them become true. Otherwise, there will be always a roadblock in the way, and sometimes you have to make a compromise.

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PIH was not improved…

Yesterday I went back the doctor office for my pregnancy checkup. This time, my blood pressure was 160/72, such a high number that both the nurse and I were surprised. Therefore, she asked me to lie down on my left side and rest. In 10 minutes, she would check my blood pressure again.

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