Monday, December 7, 2009

Okay so seriously, I'm in my 3rd Trimester?!!!

So, depending upon what source you use ... 3rd trimester begins at week 27 or week 28 ... I'm going with week 27 :D and I can't believe it! How is it possible that I'm this far along ... well, certainly 3rd trimester brings with it greatness ... for one ... my baby showers! WooHoo! Next Saturday (December 12th) to be exact ... in my hometown of Houston, TX.
  • How far along?: Yep ... that's right folks, I'm 27 weeks!!!3rd Tri is HERE!!!!!
  • Total weight gain: Not sure ... although I will say that this past week ... I felt fabulous ... kinda cute ... you know that changes from week to week ...
  • Maternity clothes?: Loving them! And this past Saturday, I had to break down and purchase more underwear ... again ... it seems that every couple of months, I move into new undies ... this week ... they look something like this ...
  • How big is baby?: about 14 1/2 inches in length! What a big girl! She weighs about 2 pounds!
  • Stretch marks?: still nothing ... keep your fingers crossed ...
  • Sleep?: Once I force myself to actually get off of the couch and get in the bed, not too bad
  • Best moment this week?: The usual ... watching my stomach jump around ...
  • Movement?: All over the place ... as usual! Particularly when I eat fruit!
  • 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: I miss not having these little aches and pains all of time ... its always something ... whether it's pressure on my bladder, my back hurting, round ligament pain, pressure in my lower abdomen, etc.
  • 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:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

How yur life's changing:

The second trimester is drawing to a close, but as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They're carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs. Unfortunately, the cramps may get worse as your pregnancy progresses. Leg cramps are more common at night but can also happen during the day. When a cramp strikes, stretching the calf muscle should give you some relief. Straighten your leg and then gently flex your toes back toward your shin. Walking for a few minutes or massaging your calf sometimes helps, too.

It may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, but it's not too soon to think about family planning. You'll want to have made some decisions about postpartum birth control before your baby arrives. If you're considering a tubal ligation, be aware that most states require you to sign a consent form at least 30 days beforehand. So if you'd like the option of having the surgery during your postpartum hospital stay, don't wait too much longer to discuss it with your caregiver. (You can still change your mind later.)

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