35 weeks gestation

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Hell and Back.


Firstly I just want to take a moment to say hello and nice to see you / Merry Christmas / Happy New Years / anything else that I’d missed on this blog.. I’ve been away for a bit, and sadly, I wasn’t just on a vacation to the Bahamas or something like I would wish lol.

I woke up at 2am on the morning of January 28th of 2015 feeling still slightly weak from the cold I had just gotten over, me feeling weak, I got out of the bed and walked through the dark house to the kitchen, not wanting to turn any lights on in fear of waking my kids, who are VERY light sleepers mind you. 

As much as I would like to say, my water broke because here I am at the end of my pregnancy…

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anonymous asked:

That article is 10 years old. Studies have advanced past that.

I’m assuming you’re talking about the 2005 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on fetal pain that concludes “the capacity for conscious perception of pain can arise only after thalamocortical pathways begin to function, which may occur in the third trimester around 29 to 30 weeks’ gestational age” 

If so, I’m sorry, but more recent articles have pretty much confirmed the same thing. 

This 2010 article from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states “In reviewing the neuroanatomical and physiological evidence in the fetus, it was apparent that connections from the periphery to the cortex are not intact before 24 weeks of gestation and, as most neuroscientists believe that the cortex is necessary for pain perception, it can be concluded that the fetus cannot experience pain in any sense prior to this gestation. After 24 weeks there is continuing development and elaboration of intracortical networks such that noxious stimuli in newborn preterm infants produce cortical responses. Such connections to the cortex are necessary for pain experience but not sufficient, as experience of external stimuli requires consciousness. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that the fetus never experiences a state of true wakefulness in utero and is kept, by the presence of its chemical environment, in a continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation.”

A 2011 article published in Current Biology claims that evidence indicates “specific neural circuits necessary for discrimination between touch and nociception emerge from 35–37 weeks gestation in the human brain.” Meaning that fetuses also probably cannot discriminate touch from pain before 35 weeks. 

So let’s face it, politicians like Lankford and anyone else seeking 20 week abortion bans on the false notion that fetuses can feel pain by then is cherry picking their sources and deciding policies based on what they want to hear.