Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 33

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 32

DOCTORS APPOINTMENT THIS WEEK! Dr. Nance said I am measuring a little big and that the baby has moved into position (meaning head down, feet up.) My appointments are every 2 weeks now so we're getting close! This is what has to say about my baby this week:

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, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 31

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 30

Wow. Only 10 more weeks to go! I'm so anxious to meet this little man. Anyway, I got the results from the glucose test. The doctor didn't tell me if I have diabetes or not, but from what he said, I think I'm borderline. I don't have to take insulin or go on a really strict diet, but I need to lay off the really sugary stuff. Really sugary stuff= what makes my world go round. This is gonna be really hard for me, but at least its better than pricking my finger and taking shots of insulin everyday. I'd like to say thank you to everyone for your support and concern through all of this. I know it was never a life or death situation, but it was still scary for me nonetheless and I appreciate it. I really am so grateful.

Here is what has to say at week 30:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 29

I took my glucose test yesterday and, I've gotta say, it was not my favorite experience in the world. They used the same vein in my arm for all 4 times and the glucose drink was even worse than last time! Instead of a semi-tolerable wannabe orange soda drink, it was lemon-lime and AWFUL! 100 grams of glucose. I was surprised it took til the last sip for me to gag. blech! It wasn't all bad, though; my sweet husband was there with me holding my hand for the whole thing and we watched reruns of Fantasy Factory to make the time go faster. He is so supportive and I am so grateful for him in my life. Anyway, I should get the results early this week sometime and I'll let everyone know when I find out. Thanks for all your love and support! Here is what says this week:

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.