At last a baby growth chart during pregnancy which gives most car mad blokes a chance of appreciating how big their offspring are at the various stages of pregnancy! We think it won't be just Petrol Heads who will enjoy this week by week guide, and if you hadn't realised already. Yes, easily as many men read this website as women. Contrary to what most ladies think most men are thinking about you and the little bundles of joy in those baby-bumps (give and take a few hundred sleepless nights, and worrying about them until they reach at least 40!).
Courtesy www.sweetmemoriesdoula.com for this graphic.
Baby Size for Car Guys
Blame it on the kumquat. My wife was ten weeks pregnant with our third baby, and since I had not dedicated myself to memorise the list of fruit that matched our baby, I asked, “How big is our baby?”
We checked the chart, and it said at ten weeks, the baby was the size of a kumquat. So then I googled “kumquat,” because who's ever heard of a kumquat?
I was the service manager at a classic car repair shop at the time, so reading about kumquats, I thought to myself, My kid’s about the size of a spark plug! Somebody oughta make a list of baby sizes during pregnancy that corresponds with car parts! Like, when is my kid the size of an alternator? (About week 27.) Or an A/C Compressor? (Week 34.) No list of baby size for car guys appeared, so I made the list happen myself.
I have to confess, this list bothers my wife a little bit, and not for the reasons you might think, or at least the reasons I think you might think. No, she’s long since become used to me comparing our children and family to cars in a host of different ways.
The fact that I think our baby is the size of an oil filter on week 18 doesn’t bother her as much as the fact that I haven’t stated whether it’s a Motorcraft filter, and meant for a Ford 302 V8, or a Wix for the Cummins diesel in a Dodge truck. Headlights vary significantly in size, as do side mirrors—“From which cars, specifically, do these parts come?” Jennifer wants to know, “And do they match the size of the baby exactly at that period of gestation?”
Geez, I don’t know, it's an artistic exercise, you know? It’s funny! I feel clever comparing my kid to a car part! I chose parts from cars with which I’m familiar, my ’69 Ford Fairlane, FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser, Sequoia, and others that mostly fit the bill. If you baby is not exactly the size of a tie rod end at week 21, you must be doing something wrong. It sure wouldn’t be my scientifically developed car guy parts list!
Anyway, fruit is great, probably even kumquats, but I like car parts and think my list is funny. If you agree, then this list is for you. Share it with other car guys, and car gals, and anyone else who might get a kick out of it.
I hope your baby gets all the way to the size of an air filter, but emerges like it was a fog light, and grows to be a gear head. Motor on, baby. via sweetmemoriesdoula
Disclaimer: Don't Be Concerned if You baby Doesn't Match These Examples
If you baby isn't as big as a Brake Pad at 22 weeks, or a Carburettor at 28 weeks please don't be perturbed.
From early in pregnancy, babies grow at different rates, so these numbers are merely averages. Your baby's actual length and weight may vary substantially.
Don't worry too much if an ultrasound indicates that your baby is much smaller or larger. Your practitioner will let you know if it's time to worry about how big your baby is.) By full-term, your baby may end up weighing less than 5 pounds or more than 9.
Until about 20 weeks, babies are measured from the crown (or top) of the head to the rump (or bottom). This is because a baby's legs are curled up against his torso during the first half of pregnancy and very hard to measure. After that, babies are measured from head to toe. via www.babycenter.com
After Birth This Also Applies Even If They Don't Seem to be Drinking Much
If your baby is “following the curve” of the growth chart, she's paralleling one of the percentile lines on the chart, and the odds are good that her caloric intake is fine, no matter how much or how little milk she seems to be drinking.
On the other hand, if she is “falling off the curve,” she's dipping below two or more percentile lines on the growth chart, and she may have inadequate nutritional intake. This could represent a real problem.
There are separate growth charts for weight, height, and head circumference. These simply represent the average weight, height, or head circumference of a bunch of normal children. You will see the percentile lines on the chart running parallel to each other. The percentile lines include 5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 90%, and 95%. For more information, see www.webmd.com
“Clock Dots” to “Temperature Gauge” Stage (Otherwise Known as the 1st Trimester)
During the first trimester, you're getting used to the idea of being pregnant, and pregnancy symptoms week by week can vary big time! You'll learn how to deal with morning sickness and exhaustion during this early pregnancy phase.
“Gas Cap” to “Headlight” Stage (Otherwise Known as the 2nd Trimester)
In the second trimester, you'll really start to show. Well that figures – who could miss a headlight!
“Alternator” to “Brake Drum” Stage (Otherwise Known as the 3rd Trimester)
During the Third Trimester Weeks you'll be coasting along down the home stretch! As you prepare for delivery of your little “brake-drum” in the late weeks of pregnancy, you'll be readying your body, brain, and home for a newborn “air-filter”?
Now for the ultimate in Baby growth charts in pregnancy. Yes! It's the amazing baby fruit size chart!
Here's Your Baby Fruit Size Chart!
We're not sure why it's so fun comparing your fetus to fruit, but it really is. From poppy seed to watermelon, get a sense of your baby's approximate length and weight starting week 1 with these baby growth averages and fruit-size comparisons. See more at Parents.com
Another Baby Growth Chart During Pregnancy Suggestion:
Heck. This is nothing like the earlier examples. This is a serious baby growth chart NHS, produced for the Brits! Lots of worthy information here, but no graphics there for a male audience!