Monday, January 11, 2010

32 Weeks and Counting!

How far along?: That's 32 weeks along! WooHoo! Times-a-flyin'!
Total weight gain: I have no idea but I fear ... its not good ...
Maternity clothes?: Yep ... doin it up maternity style
How big is baby?: Glad you asked! 3.75 pounds and about 16.7 inches in length ... she's such a big girl!
Stretch marks?: still nothing ... keep your fingers crossed ...
Sleep?: No ... on and off throughout the night ... it sucks!
Best moment this week?: Well ... in a weird way ... Braxton Hicks ... these little short lived contractions just remind me of how close I'm coming to seeing my little lady!
Movement?: Yeah .... she's all very the place and she's a strong little thing too ... she stops me in my tracks at this point from time to time.
Food cravings?: Just food in general ... LOL
Labor signs?: Nope ... that wouldn't be good but like I said, I am experiencing braxton hicks contractions at this point but not labor
Belly button in or out?: still in ... again, lets keep our fingers crossed ...
What I miss: feeling like it's okay to "diet" a little when I'm feeling like I'm "gaining too much weight" ... although I will say that my long southern vacation did nothing for my waistline ... I feel like I've gained 50 pounds ... I know I've gained a little too much and so when I go back home in a week, I'll be returning to my usual "healthful" eating habits ... hopefully, my weight will even out a little
What I'm looking forward to: The arrival of our little lady & of course, maternity leave of course!
Milestone: During my research ... I came up with the following:

How your baby's growing:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

How your life's changing:

To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

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