Monday, December 21, 2009

Ha! I'm 29 Weeks Along!

So, yep ... 29 weeks ... feeling EXTREMELY large ... more so than every before ... could be that my mom is consistently making jokes about how large my belly is ... tonight she told me that I should probably try on what I'm intending on wearing for Christmas since I've gotten so large. I told her in response, "It will fit fine." Her response, "Have you been eating a lot more since you've been here?" I got here on the 10th folks ... yes I know that pregnant bellies have a tendency to GROW and GROW and GROW but my goodness ... I don't think I look that bad ... maybe I have been indulging a little more than usual ... oh well ...

How far along?: 29 weeks!!!
Total weight gain: 20 pounds. Yuck ... and that was at my 27 week checkup ... I've probably gained even more that this point ... depressed.
Maternity clothes?: I don't really have any other choices
How big is baby?: about 15 inches in length! What a big girl!
Stretch marks?: still nothing ... keep your fingers crossed ...
Sleep?: alright I guess ... not consistently though ... I sleep in 3 - 4 hour intervals ...
Best moment this week?: That would have to be her "big girl movements" that are definitely getting stronger and stronger by the minute
Movement?: lots ... in general ... I will say that on occasion, she seems to be much quieter than others ... sometimes I get a little worried but I try to think "well, she had a busy day yesterday."
Food cravings?: Just food in general ... LOL
Labor signs?: Nope ... that wouldn't be good
Belly button in or out?: still in ... again, lets keep our fingers crossed ...
What I miss: Not feeling "large and in charge" and DEFINITELY MY INSANE ACNE!!!!!!
What I'm looking forward to: The arrival of our little lady & of course, maternity leave!
Milestone: During my research ... I came up with the following:

How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:
Your baby's very active now. Your practitioner may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this. Let her know if you ever notice a decrease in activity. You may need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby's condition.

Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage now. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion, which in turn can cause gas and heartburn — especially after a big meal — and contribute to constipation as well.

Your growing uterus may also be contributing to hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are common during pregnancy and usually clear up in the weeks after giving birth. If they're itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath or applying cold compresses medicated with witch hazel to the affected area. Also avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your practitioner before using any over-the counter remedies during pregnancy, and let her know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

Some women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy, where laying flat on your back causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes you feel dizzy until you change position. You might note that you feel lightheaded if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid "the spins" lie on your side rather than your back, and move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.

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