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Born for You
Hermione and Takeshi forgot contraception that night, whether magical or non-magical. They had not really planned on having children anytime soon. Hermione wanted to finish her academic goals, while Takeshi had hoped to enjoy sometime together as a couple before everything goes haywire. But life rarely happens as we plan it to be.
In retrospect, this is the first symptom Hermione really had of her pregnancy. In irrational anger directed towards her husband and his two "new" buddies, Harry and Ron. They were watching Quidditch on a be-spelled tapestry in the den. But what really ticked her off was when Takeshi asked Hermione for some butterbeer. While he did ask nicely, images of old fashioned domicile danced around Hermione's head. 'When did she ever marry such a pig?' She asked herself. She was so angry she could hit someone. Instead, she sat down and wept. She didn't understand what was happening to her.
Takeshi found her weeping her eyes out on the floor of the bedroom. He started to look for her when she didn't return after leaving the den. He took her into his arms and held her. Both didn't understand why she's crying so much. He figured warm chocolate and a hug would help. Maybe she's just tired from all her work.
The fertilized egg moves down your fallopian tube and divides into more and more cells. It reaches your uterus about 3–4 days after fertilization. The dividing cells then form a ball that floats around in the uterus for about 2–3 days.
Pregnancy begins when the ball of cells attaches to the lining of your uterus. This is called implantation. It usually starts about 6 days after fertilization and takes about 3–4 days to be complete.
For a lot of people, the first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Most pregnancy tests will be positive by the time you've missed your period. Other early pregnancy symptoms include feeling tired, feeling bloated, peeing more than usual, mood swings, nausea, and tender or swollen breasts. Not everyone has all of these symptoms, but it's common to have at least 1 of them.
Ginny was pregnant again, she dragged Hermione off to buy some baby supplies and she also figured they could use the old baby furniture from when James was a baby. While Hermione was genuinely happy for her, she just didn't think she's ready for children just yet. Hermione told Ginny that they need to stop somewhere for tampons because she was expecting her period, as regular as she is, she knew what they it's supposed to come. She's also been having some cramps and she figured it was pre-menstrual syndrome.
The ball of cells turns into an embryo at the start of the 6th week. The embryonic stage of pregnancy lasts about 5 weeks. This is when all the major internal organs start developing.
The embryo is less than 1/5 inch (4–5 mm) long. A very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop. Buds for arms and legs develop. The neural tube begins forming. The neural tube will later form the brain, spinal cord, and major nerves. The bud of a tail develops. The umbilical cord begins developing. The embryo is 1/4 to 1/2 inch (7–14 mm) long. The heart has formed. Webbed fingers and toes develop. The arms bend at the elbows. External ears, eyes, eyelids, liver, and upper lip begin forming.
The sex organs are the same — neither female nor male — in all embryos until the 7th or 8th week. If a gene triggers the development of testes, the embryo develops as a biological male. If there isn't a trigger, the embryo develops ovaries and becomes biologically female.
Pregnancy symptoms often become very noticeable when you're 2 months pregnant. Common discomforts like breast tenderness, feeling very tired, peeing more often, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting usually get worse. Your body produces extra blood during pregnancy, and your heart beats faster and harder than usual to carry the extra blood.
Hermione was happy to have finally have some time to just hang out with Luna. She rarely gets the chance to given how much travelling Luna and her husband Rolf Scamander do. Rolf was off looking at a bookstore to find a book he's been looking for, while Luna and Hermione sat down for a late lunch. Hermione had been feeling off lately, her body feels different and she feels easily tired. She was about to order some champagne to celebrate Luna's new discovery when Luna placed her hand on Hermione's.
"I don't think champagne would be good for the baby." Luna told Hermione in her usual dreamy manner. Hermione's eyes widened and remembered that she just missed last month's period and she didn't give it much thought because she figured she was probably too stressed out which affected her body's rhythm.
The embryo develops into a fetus after 10 weeks. It's 1–1.5 inches (21–40 mm) long. The tail disappears. Fingers and toes grow longer. The umbilical cord connects the abdomen of the fetus to the placenta. The placenta is attached to the wall of the uterus and it absorbs nutrients from the bloodstream. The cord carries nutrients and oxygen to the fetus and takes waste away from the fetus.
The fetus is now measured from the top of its head to its buttocks. This is called crown-rump length (CRL). The fetus has a CRL of 2–3 inches (6–7.5 cm). Fingers and toes are no longer webbed. Bones begin hardening. Skin and fingernails begin to grow. Changes triggered by hormones begin to make external sex organs appear — female or male. The fetus begins making spontaneous movements. Kidneys start making urine. Early sweat glands appear. Eyelids are fused together.
Many of the pregnancy symptoms from the first 2 months continue — and sometimes worsen — during the third month. This is especially true of nausea. Your breasts continue growing and changing. The area around your nipple — the areola — may grow larger and darker. If you're prone to acne you may have outbreaks. You probably won't gain much weight during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
She was pregnant. They've only just told their respective families. Yumi, Takeshi's younger sister, is over the moon with joy. She had taken to cleaning around the house, doing most of the chores and prodding Hermione to take her supplements.
It may sound horrible to have such an overbearing sister in law, and it is. But in Yumi's defense and even with Hermione's own acknowledgement. The woman is a saint. Hermione, is, if you follow her career in her school days at Hogwarts and her teenage years during the war, a usually stable woman. But one shouldn't take the increased and irregular outflow of hormones of a pregnant woman. This, coupled with Hermione's frustrations of her career and post graduate education taking a step back, makes for a very moody woman.
She alternately love and hate Yumi, who despite her oddness and near worship of her older brother took Hermione's temper tantrums with grace. Sometimes, when Hermione is pig headed especially when Yumi is making her rest, they would clash, but it is always Yumi who would step back. She would sometimes look as if she's on the verge of tears but she would always come back the next day, ready for more.
Once, while Yumi was vacuuming the living room, Hermione gave her a hug. She stilled at the unexpected contact as neither women are exactly the touchy feely types. "Thank you, Yumi." Hermione thanked her sister in law who smiled a small smile at the show of appreciation.
The fetus has a CRL of about 3 inches (8 cm). The biological sex of the fetus can sometimes be seen by looking at external sex organs on an ultrasound. Hair begins to grow. The prostate gland begins developing in biologically male fetuses. Ovaries move down from the abdomen to the pelvic area in biologically female fetuses. The roof of the mouth is formed. Hundreds of thousands of eggs form in the ovaries of biologically female fetuses.
Some of the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy go away when you're 4 months pregnant. Nausea usually lessens. But other digestive problems — like heartburn and constipation — may be troublesome. Breast changes — growth, soreness, and darkening of the areola — usually continue. It's common to have shortness of breath or to breathe faster. Increased blood flow may lead to unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, such as bleeding gums, nosebleeds, or nasal stuffiness. You also may feel dizzy or faint because of changes in your blood and blood vessels.
She was finally able to tell Yumi that her family needs her too and while Hermione and Takeshi appreciated all her help and her husband is feeling neglected. But Yumi, who didn't want Hermione alone most of the time, decided for her daughter's to take their summer vacation with their uncle and aunt.
Hermione was watching Natsuho and Haruna run around the yard. Her husband sat beside her and placed an arm around her. She realized at that moment that nobody is really ready to have children but it doesn't mean one can't do their best. Maybe she should just do what she could at the moment and hope for the best.
When you're 5 months pregnant, your fetus develops soft body hair and a greasy coating that helps protect the skin. What happens during weeks 17 - 18? The fetus has a CRL of 5.5–6 inches (14–15 cm). What happens during week 19 - 20? The fetus has a CRL of about 6.5 inches (16 cm). Lanugo — a fine downy hair — covers the body. The skin is also covered with vernix caseosa, a greasy material that protects the skin. A uterus forms in a biologically female fetus.
People usually feel fetal movements for the first time during the fifth month. It may feel like flutters or butterflies in your stomach. This is sometimes called quickening.
The pregnancy symptoms of the fourth month continue this month. Heartburn, constipation, breast changes, dizziness, shortness of breath, nose bleeds, and gum bleeding are common. Your breasts may be as much as 2 cup sizes bigger by now.
Hermione is shopping with her old friends in Diagon Alley. She is in London for the week. She is not a happy camper. People who do not know she is pregnant just assumed she's getting fat and she had been at the receiving end of a variety of comments like "Marriage agrees with you." Or "You've gotten meat on your flesh."
It wouldn't bother her so much if she's not finding her pregnancy uncomfortable and if she's not often tired out. Yes, the morning sickness is gone (she hoped that whoever coined that erroneous term burn in hell because it's very misleading, given how she threw up for most of the day and particularly after car trips, broom rides and floo (apparition is not advised for pregnant women)) but she gets shortness of breath even at the slightest activities, her gum bleeds now and then and her breasts won't fit into any of her bras nor her in any of her other clothes.
So while her husband is attending a seminar in London, she decided to go shopping for maternity clothes. Just then she nearly bumped into Draco Malfoy who was with his wife, Astoria. Astoria gave them a smile. The younger Slytherin and her sister had been one of the few decent people in Slytherin in Hermione's opinion. Draco looked at her appraisingly. "You pregnant Granger?" He asked in his usual sneering tone, old animosities are really quite hard to forget.
At that comment Hermione felt tears trickled down her eyes and hugged Draco tight as she cried tears of joy. "Thank you!" She said after drawing back. Astoria had a bigger smile on her face. While Hermione's friends Ginny and Parvati started prying her off the increasingly uncomfortable Draco.
Draco bewilderedly stared at the odd group of women long after they walked off. "What was wrong with her?" He asked his wife who was smiling. "You wouldn't understand." Astoria answered mysteriously as she led him to the other direction to the shop where they were supposed to go to.
During the 6th month, your fetus starts to develop blood cells, taste buds, eyebrows and eyelashes.
Pregnancy symptoms from the fourth and fifth month usually continue. Shortness of breath may improve. Your breasts may start producing colostrum — tiny drops of early milk. This may continue throughout the rest of your pregnancy.
Mrs. Weasley was ordering some of her brood and Hermione's husband to fix the nursery room. Ginny and Hermione were ordered to sit down with their feet up while Molly and Hermione's mother were cooking lunch.
"Are you okay with the whole thing? I know you haven't planned to have children for some time. How are you coping?" Ginny asked her friend. Hermione smiled. "I'm taking it one step at a time really. I don't really want to think too much about it." Hermione answered. Ginny nodded and waved at Hermione's mother in law who passed by followed by a small army of house elves. "Between the two of them, we can end world starvation…" Ginny muttered while Hermione giggled beside her.
Sometime later, the long table transfigured to become longer and bigger was filled with food as the Yamamotos, the Grangers and the Weasleys sat down to lunch. Hermione looked at her big family and smiled.
The fetus develops more and more fat from now until the end of pregnancy. The fetus has a CRL of about 10 inches (25 cm). Eyelids are usually fused together until about 28 weeks.
Your uterus continues to expand when you're 7 months pregnant. Back pain is common. Pregnancy symptoms from earlier months continue. Dizziness may lessen.
The house elves who adopted them informed him that Hermione is in their room resting.
Takeshi loves Hermione, in his past life, in his present life and if he has something to say about, in all of his subsequent lives. But right now, he has several things on his mind. The first is saving up for this child and the next children they might have. The second is ensuring that Hermione would be alright. He knows that not all women are like Molly Weasley and his own mother, Shimako and while he knows Hermione will love whatever children they have together, he fears that she will be utterly frustrated if she's unable to achieve her career goals.
He won't hold her back, but he knows they have to achieve a balance between the realities of having a child and their respective careers. He doesn't say it, particularly because Hermione is known for her opinion against the bondage of house elves, but he is relieved that they would have reliable childcare.
All of these thoughts went out the window when he saw Hermione who had for the past few weeks had been having back problems from the weight she carries. He sat beside her in bed and started rubbing her back to ease her discomfort.
During your 8th month of pregnancy, your fetus is about 11 inches long, and the lanugo (the fine, soft hair that covers your fetus's body) begins to fall off. Testes usually begin descending into the scrotum from the abdomen between weeks 30 and 34 in a biologically male fetus. This is usually complete by 40 weeks.
You may feel tired and have a more difficult time breathing as your uterus grows upward. You may get varicose veins — blue or red swollen veins most often in the legs — or hemorrhoids — varicose veins of the rectum. Hemorrhoids can be painful and itchy and can cause bleeding. You may also get stretch marks where your skin has expanded. Braxton-Hicks contractions, heartburn, and constipation may continue. You may urinate a bit when sneezing or laughing because of pressure from your uterus on your bladder. Hormones may make your hair appear fuller and healthier.
The changes on her body makes Hermione extremely irritable. She feels as if her nose is too big, her feet and legs feels as if somebody poured lead in them after walking for a short while and she can now barely recognize her body.
She just found out that her husband has a young beautiful assistant who isn't quite new. She is annoyed why he didn't tell her the assistant is that beautiful. Of course if he had, she would have been more annoyed. She looks like an elephant compared to that slender young thing even if he said he hadn't really noticed the new assistant.
It's unfair, she knows, her husband is the most supportive and loving guy a woman would ever ask for. But as the pregnancy progressed all she really wants to do is to punch him in the face.
She wanted that glow, that perfect magazine pregnant lady with a perfectly sweet smile. Where was that beautiful glow the magazines promised?
It is bullshit whenever they say pregnancy is the most beautiful thing. Pregnancy sucks. Making a human being is really hard. It is like she can fit twenty of her old bras into that monstrosity called a maternity bra.
It's as if she lost control of her body and it has a life of its own. She has backne, pimples breaking out in places where she didn't even knew she could grow pimples in. Hemorrhoids, she once put a mirror to see what's down there and she wished she hadn't. She's splotchy. She has ugly purple stretch marks. Pressure hanging from her uterus that makes her feel as if she was kicked in her vag. Their baby, whose gender she and Takeshi agreed to not find out about, kicks her more often at night, just when she's about to settle in for a good night's sleep.
They say once it's over, having that baby makes you forget about the whole thing. Hermione really hopes that's true.
The eyes have developed enough for pupils to constrict and dilate when exposed to light. Lanugo is nearly all gone. The fetus is considerably fatter, and the skin is no longer wrinkled.
The growing fetus places more and more strain on your body when you're 9 months pregnant. Common pregnancy symptoms at this time may continue through the end of pregnancy. These symptoms include fatigue, trouble sleeping, trouble holding urine, shortness of breath, varicose veins, and stretch marks. Some fetuses drop down into the lower part of the uterus during this month. This may relieve your constipation and heartburn, which is more common earlier in pregnancy. But some fetuses don't drop down until the very end of pregnancy.
Hermione was more or less used to the discomfort and pain, but it's the waiting that's getting to her. Ginny had given birth to a son some weeks ago and now Hermione and Takeshi are just anxious to hold their own baby.
When you're 10 months pregnant, your fetus reaches its final stage of development and you give birth. It's common for newborns to have some lanugo that disappears over the first few months of life. By the end of your pregnancy, your uterus has expanded from your pelvis to the bottom of your rib cage. Pregnancy symptoms in the tenth month largely depend on when the fetus drops down into the lower part of your uterus.
Shortness of breath, heartburn, and constipation usually improve when the fetus drops. But the position of the fetus lower in your pelvis causes frequent urination (peeing) and trouble holding urine (pee). Your cervix will begin to open — dilate — to prepare for delivery. This may happen a few weeks before delivery, or it might start when you go into labor. You may feel sharp pains in your vagina as your cervix dilates. After your newborn is delivered, the placenta and other tissues also come out of your body. This is called the afterbirth.
They say that giving birth is different for each women and even for each child you gave birth to. They planned this despite the objections of their family healer given how a woman sometimes loses control of her magic after giving birth. Hermione was more amenable in giving birth in a magical hospital or even at home but Takeshi has his doubts. Many witches die in childbirth because of the lack of medical research, a downside to the magical communities particularly those in the Western Hemisphere.
They called in a favor and it is of course unsaid that the Auror present is there to modify the memory of the muggles present at the birth in case they see something magical.
Molly Weasley's pregnancies and childbirths, all seven of them, had been easy and almost painless. She had also not been conservative in taking pain management potions. Hermione's mom had been quite painful and she often said smart women never forgot that kind of pain. Ginny Potter and Shimako Yamamoto had a pretty normal pregnancy for all of her five children. But Hermione is in hell.
She had been tortured before but she is starting to figure that Bellatrix Lestrange has nothing on the childbirth pains she's experiencing as of the moment. She begged for epidural, told her husband (she spoke in a breathless and pain filled voice but didn't shout it at him because they're not in the movies after all) that if he wants another child he better learn to get pregnant and she'll kill him if he knocks up anyone else. She then proceeded to apologize to him before starting all over again.
After thirteen hours of labor and a series of pain Hermione would never forget, she now held her son in her arms. She looked at her husband who looked as if he had been crying. She couldn't quite reconcile the fact that her strong and at times outwardly devoid of emotion husband cried at the birth of their child. He smiled at her as if she and their son were the most beautiful things he'd ever seen in his life.
Hermione smiled back at him. She knows it's cliche, but having this baby in her arms made all the things she went through worth it.
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