Here is what is going on this week...
You are considered full-term now and your baby's final touches are being made. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is now 14 inches and the total length is around 21 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 6.5 pounds. Your uterus may be measuring about the same as it has been and is probably about 6.5 inches from the top of your bellybutton.
This week your baby should engage into your pelvis. If this is not your first pregnancy, it may happen later. When your baby engages, his head drops down into your pelvis and you might feel a slight sensation called `lightening` as the pressure on your ribs eases. As your baby drops into the final position for delivery, you may experience a buzzing feeling and shooting pains in your groin and leg. Normally, you will be able to breathe and eat easier. However, your uterus pushes down harder on your bladder and you will have an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Even if your baby engages now, you still possibly feel his feet in your breastbone around week 40.
Your baby is now fully mature and ready to be born. However, your baby is still growing and developing every day. Fat is still being laid down at a rate of a half ounce a day. If this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to deliver closer to 40 weeks or shortly thereafter. If this is not your first baby, you might go earlier than 40 weeks! Make sure that your bags are packed for the hospital and remember to preregister for admission.
Your doctor may begin doing weekly pelvic exams to evaluate your cervical changes and progression. Your healthcare provider will make sure that you are not leaking amniotic fluid and will also examine your cervix to check for effacement and dilation. Before labor, your cervix is thick and 0% effaced. During labor your cervix thins out and right before delivery it will become very soft and 100% effaced.
Research shows your baby can be affected by stress hormones. Make time to relax, to have fun, and to rest.
Your baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth, using amniotic fluid.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here is what is going on this week...
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Friday, November 14, 2008
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Panning to the left -
Armoire - Standing in the corner by the small rocking chair -
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Our shower was wonderful! It was great to see those that we rarely get to visit with. Nicole, Krystin and Beth did a wonderful job, even with the amount of people we had show up. Thank you all for the wonderful gifts!!!
We recevied so many clothes for baby girl - her closet is full already! Just what every daddy wants to see before she is born!
If you were to look in our guest bedroom (sorry no guests for a while now) you would think we are having twins. All TweedleBug's gear is in there so we can complete the nursery and have pictures taken in there this weekend. (Gear = swing, bouncy chair, stroller, carseat...)
A few pictures - I have a ton more at home, and will update here soon... These are from Bev's camera.
Me and Brian -
All the loot (except you can't see what is in the crib), and Wriglee checking it out.
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For those of you who have requested a blog I apologize for not getting to this sooner! I think I will do a few updates to keep things short and you can come back and read as you have time...
Book Stats -
Dates and numbers: There are 38 days until your due date on December 15, 2008.
You are 242 days pregnant.
You are 7.9 months pregnant.
You are in your 8th month of pregnancy.
Your 3rd trimester: September 22, 2008 to December 15, 2008. (28 - 40 weeks)
Your baby's crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful.
Your baby's hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby's hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.
If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant.
The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating.
My Stats -
TweedleBug weighs about 4.5 lbs
TweedleBug is measuring right on track
I have gained 10 lbs (yes, if you are following that means I have lost 2 lbs in the past 3 weeks)
I am getting heartburn again
Really that is about it for the stat side of things!
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