Our baby as produce.

19 weeks into this pregnancy and my torso has become a foreign landscape. Despite looking as if I have swallowed a melon, I still find the mommy industry’s practice of comparing one’s developing child to a piece of produce to be disconcerting. Each fruit or vegetable that our baby can be likened to in any given week gives me cause to boycott said foodstuff until our baby can no longer be compared to it. Here’s an example of the analogies that crop up in every newsletter, website, and iPod application that targets moms-to-be.

Pregnancy Tracker’s weekly size chart:

  1. No size comparison in Week 1: ovulation
  2. No size comparison in Week 2: implantation
  3. Poppyseed: 0.02″
  4. Poppyseed: 0.10″
  5. Sesame seed: 0.18″
  6. Grain of rice: 0.25″, 0.05 oz
  7. Blueberry: 0.53″, 0.07 oz
  8. Raspberry: 0.68″, 0.11 oz
  9. Grape: 0.93″, 0.35 oz
  10. Prune: 1.2″, 0.71 oz
  11. Fig: 1.7″, 1.06 oz
  12. Plum: 2.3″, 1.6 oz
  13. Peach: 3″, 2.3 oz
  14. Lemon: 3.5″, 3.9 oz
  15. Apple: 4.1″, 4.8 oz
  16. Avocado: 4.7″, 5.6 oz
  17. Turnip: 5.2″, 7.1 oz
  18. Sweet potato: 5.8″, 8.8 oz
  19. Mango: 6.2″, 9.5 oz
  20. Grapefruit: 6.8″, 13.4 oz
  21. Cantaloupe: 8.9″, 15.9 oz
  22. Spaghetti  squash: 10.2″, 1.1 lbs
  23. Papaya: 11″, 1.2 lbs
  24. Ear of corn: 11.8″, 1.4 lbs
  25. Rutabaga: 12.6″, 1.7 lbs
  26. Eggplant: 13″, 1.9 lbs
  27. Head of cauliflower: 13.4″, 2.2 lbs
  28. Chinese cabbage: 13.8″, 2.5 lbs
  29. Butternut squash: 14.2″, 2.9 lbs
  30. Head of lettuce: 14.6″, 3.3 lbs
  31. Head of lettuce: 15.4″, 3.7 lbs
  32. Head of lettuce: 15.9″, 4.2 lbs
  33. Pineapple: 16.5″, 4.6 lbs
  34. Pineapple: 16.9″, 5.1 lbs
  35. Honeydew: 17.7″, 5.5 lbs
  36. Honeydew: 18.3″, 6 lbs
  37. Watermelon: 18.9″, 6.4 lbs
  38. Watermelon: 19.7″, 6.6 lbs
  39. Watermelon: 19.7″, 6.7 lbs
  40. Pumpkin: 19.7″, 6.8 lbs

One Reply to “Our baby as produce.”

  1. “pumpkin” is a good nickname for the baby. I remembered someone called you “poochie” . . . hahaha xoxo

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