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.
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.32 Weeks! :) We're getting there! I know I say that every week, but it seems more and more true each week and I think about what she's going to look like, act like, be like more and more. I'm excited that I'm almost there!
I have a few concerns to talk to the doc about this week. First and foremost, I'm going on a ski trip so I want to see if there's anything in particular I should or shouldn't be doing. Next, if I've been sitting for a long time, when I stand up to walk my whole right leg is numb. I don't know if that's normal or not... Third, Nick is sick and now I think I'm getting sick. Well I know I'm getting sick and I want to try and nip this in the bud and NOT worry about getting tubes in my ears again! Finally, I think we are supposed to schedule the c-section this week so I'm excited about that!
I see the doc on Thursday. Here's to hoping everything is still going perfect!
Thursday, February 3 - Doc appointment
Friday, February 18 - Ultrasound and Monitoring