Fetal Blood (18 Apr)

Where does fetal blood come from? Well the fetus is responsible for producing its on blood just like it forms its own bones, skin, etc. The blood type is determined by the parents. Type A and B blood are dominant so if the gene is present this blood type will show up. Since type O is recessive, for a fetus to have this type both parents must have the type O gene.  Since mother’s blood and fetal blood never mix; if there is some kind of leakage of fetal blood, antibodies will be released, which can then be dangerous for future pregnancies. This is because if the mother is to get pregnant again and the baby happens to have a different blood type the antibodies that were produced during the first pregnancy could potentially hurt the baby if they happen to cross the umbilical cord. Pregnancy is complex, man.

fetal blood


3 Q (18 Apr)

1. What tasks have you completed recently?  

Recently, i have completed the usual, loads of homework. It seems like teachers are starting to give you more work now that seniors are approaching their last day! It’s sooooo stressful! 😦 

2. What have you learned recently? 

I’ve learned a lot about the reproduction system and all the complex process it takes to get pregnant. Plus I just finished doing my blog on complications that occur during pregnancy. Better late than never right?:/ 

3. What are you planning on doing next?

Next, I’m planning on continuing planning things for graduation! Getting prepared for upcoming finals and stressing about all the work due in time! SENIOR YEAR IS SO STRESSFUL. Thank goodness we only have three more weeks! 

Labor & Delivery (April 7th)

When a woman becomes pregnant many changes happen to our body. Changes that occur rapidly and changes that are needed for proper fetal development. The changes that occur are placental development, weight gain, breast enlargement, and posture changes.  Morning sickness kicks in during the second trimester. Also the uterus expands about 20 times its normal size… ouch. Breast start to grow and the movement of the fetus can begin to be felt. Weight gain starts to be noticeable during the third trimester and the fetus starts to grow most rapidly. During this trimester back pains begin to show up and may start to become unbearable. The belly drops and fetal movement is strong. Constant urination is common in pregnant women… sometimes women arent able to get to the bathroom in time! This is because the fetus is/can push against the bladder and the uterus is practically pushing up against the bladder as well. Levels of progesterone and estrogens rise continuously through out the pregnancy which suppresses the hypothalamic axis and the menstrual cycle. Another change that occurs is heartburn. This is because the growing uterus puts pressure on the sphincter of the stomach. Nausea and vomiting is also common due to hormonal changes. Constipation occurs when there is a decrease in intestinal function. The colon absorbs excess fluid as a result of the rise in progesterone. All these changes occur to be able to support and sustain a human being. The body is incredible!

prego changes



3 Q Blog (April 4)

1. What tasks have you completed recently?  

Recently, I have completed a ton of stats homework. Plus a lot of coloring for anatomy! Now I’m trying to complete the plethora amount of homework I have! Yay for procrastination! -_-

2. What have you learned recently? 

I’ve learned so much about the reproduction system in anatomy! It’s amazing how long of a process it is to get pregnant. You would think pregnancy wouldn’t be such a huge thing because the process is long and complex! 

3. What are you planning on doing next?

I’m counting down the days to graduation and planning everything for that day!! Also since I’m in sga i’ll be busy planning stuff for senior picnic! 23 more days for us seniors!!! 😀 

Horomones and Stress


There are two types of stress, acute which is also known as short term stress, and chronic which is also known as long term stress. Short term stress is basically temporary stress. This is your immediate normal reaction stressor which is tied to the fight or flight response. That is your bodies immediate reaction to a scare, threat, or challenge. usually this will cause the bodies heart, blood pressure, or breathing rate to increase, but once whatever is causing the body stress disappears all of these conditions will go back to their normal state. Unlike. acute stress, chronic stress may have some long term affects on the human body. Chronic stress is when your body stays in a stressed state for a certain time period. Staying in a stressed state causes the body to send hormones through out the bloodstream which causes problems in your immune system and could even kill nerve cells. It also puts one in a increased risk of getting a disease such as a cold or flu. Im very thankful to not have a great amount of stress! So for my stress reducers I’m going to try to get more sleep since i constantly complain about being tired, plus I’m constantly late to school because i wake up late which is not good! Also, I’m going to try to start exercising more than i do… it’s a nice way to blow off some steam and plus it puts you in great shape so its a win win! Oh I should probably stop procrastinating too! This is a start though because I could have easily left this blog for tomorrow!;) hahaha I can’t wait to see if these actually help!




Literacy Glog: Book Update

So Stiff… I’m really liking this book! It isn’t your ordinary information filled book! I love the humor Mary Roach uses! It really makes the reading enjoyable. I thought it was so weird how the surgeons in chapter one practiced on only one thing, the head of cadavers! I did not think that they actually practiced on certain parts… I find it truly amazing that this occurs. Also, props to those surgeons that didn’t get sick or bothered when Mary, the author, was explaining the process of the cosmetic surgery and they were actually doing the procedure. I think my favorite part of that chapter was towards the end, a doctor doing the procedure cleaned up and when she was about to leave the lab she covered the cadaver head and said “May she rest in piece” It really shows that even when these doctors seem like this doesn’t phase them, it does in a way and they still have feelings and respect for the dead. I’m REALLY looking forward to continue with this book!


3 Q (March 7)

1. What tasks have you completed recently?

This past week I completed my wiki project for anatomy, i graded a lot of papers for teacher aid, and took a test for statistics along with a lot of worksheets for that class. You can say it was a busy week, but it went by fast! 

2. What have you learned recently?

With doing the wiki project on hearing, I learned a lot of that sense! For example I didn’t know that it was closely related to the limbic system. That is why our sense of smell helps us remember certain events,people,etc. 

3. What are you planning on doing next?

This week doesn’t seem too busy… oh wait… i have a test in anatomy tuesday and oh i have to go to this conference on friday at centennial! Other than those two, i have nothing else planned! 

3 Q’s (Feb. 21)

1. What tasks have you completed recently?
Recently I have completed a huge load of homework and I am not going to lie, I feel accomplished! I finished a huge coloring packet we had for anatomy, case studies, and that extremely hard test:( plus lots of statistics homework!

2. What have you learned recently?
I learned that I desperately need to study more… I mean I should’ve learned this a long time ago, but I just don’t learn my lesson. Senioritis maybe? Shame on me! :/

3. What are you planning on doing next?
Next I am planning on (hopefully) not procrastinating in anatomy. It kicked my butt for the nervous system. 😦

The Nervous System (Feb 18.)

The brain is the ‘most incredible machine’ because it is capable of performing many functions than any other organ in the human body. It is capable of so much such as movement, emotions, etc. It only weighs three pounds, but still has the ability to do so much. It truly is incredible. That’s exactly what the quote by Todd Kuiken means. In the video it’s obvious that the ability for amputees to move their prosthetic arm is all through signals. Thats what the brain is all about. Its all about the information being stimulated and sent to the brain that is shared with a action potential. Without these signals being sent to the brain we wouldn’t have the ability to perform our daily activities.

the brain


Literacy Glog: Book, What Book? Feb 11, 2014

“Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach, is the book I will be reading for my literacy glog. I decided to choose this book because I found the idea of using human bodies to discover and learn new things about ourselves extremely interesting. Especially because this book is based on the history of use of cadavers and the ethical/moral issues involved using a cadaver Roach about to witness. I’ve also heard from my peers that this book is gruesome and disturbing in some ways which just makes me want to read this book even more because i love hearing about that kind of stuff… i hope that doesn’t make me sound like a creep, i promise it just interests me! This book includes cosmetic surgery on cadaver heads, body snatching, decomposition, crash test dummies, crucifixion, decapitation, and cannibalism. If that doesn’t sound interesting to someone, I don’t know what will.