Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's More Overwhelming? "24 weeks" or "6 months" Pregnant!!




Creepy OB has returned!



What does I-am-pregnant say about 24 weeks?

This week your baby's crown-to-rump length is around 8.4 inches and your baby will weigh approximately 1.2 pounds. Although it weighs a little over a pound at this point, your growing baby is still tiny. Your uterus can easily be felt 1.5 to 2 inches above your bellybutton. The fetus does not appear to have much room in the uterus anymore, but as your pregnancy progresses, space gets much tighter!
  • I was looking in the mirror and if you suck your gut in (to remove the excess fat  from the picture haha) and turn to the side, you can actually see the shape of your uterus! It's kind of cool actually as you know it's not just chubs there anymore. And as this site says 1.5-2" above my navel, I have to say that i'm measuring at approximately this stage.
Because your uterus is expanding and putting a great amount of pressure on your abdomen, you might get stretch marks. Your weight gain may also be taking a toll on your body at this point. Many pregnant women experience backaches, bladder problems, sore feet and fatigue that affect their daily routines. You might also have some nasal stuffiness or nosebleeds.

  • so far I don't have any pregnancy related stretch marks...i'm either not gaining weight fast and my skin isn't stretching so rapidly (good), the sweet almond oil i've been slathering myself in is working (good), or that the worst is yet to come (yikes!) hahaha. Oh well, whatever. If i do turn at some angle, you can see my old ones, but nothing flaming or angry or something i'm not already used to seeing. if you look at my belly head on, there's "nothing" there
  • I started back on my 12 hour shifts yesterday and I would categorize the day as typically "not bad." My legs were tired and my feet hurt sometime in the late afternoon, but I think it's because it's the first time ive been on my feet for that long in 4 months (yes, compression stockings and clogs were in tow). When I came home, I didn't have any lingering pain or any excessive fatigue, it was just end of a long work day general fatigue.  What I did notice though that it was uncomfortable squatting down and helping people put their underwear or whatever on as something...as in my gut...was in the way! Also, I really need to be conscious of bed heights as if it's too low, and i'm having to bend forward and down (due to my laziness of not being conscious about bed heights), my back aches when i stretch back up to a proper posture. Posture! PostUre! POSTURE!!
  • I still have this lingering cold, like seriously- it's been almost 3 freaking weeks!? WTF! So I wake up with the odd nasal stuffiness, and of course, at work, since I personally don't like to breathe in through my nose when there's a "flavor" in the air, and thus breathe through my mouth, the dryness of the air or something in the air makes me cough. ugh!
  • I didn't go to the bathroom as much as I thought I would yesterday despite all the fluids I was drinking. Maybe it was just because I was too damn busy to go to the bathroom instead of my old office job when my body didn't have much to prioritize but reminding me my bladder had to be emptied yet again! hahaha!  I think I went to the bathroom max 4 times in that 12 hour period which was definitely less than typical for me

Your baby's face is basically complete now. The fetus's eyes are close together on the front of his face and they are still shut. Your baby's ears have moved into their final position on the sides of his head. Where they are now is where they will be when your baby is born! Hair will continue to grow on his scalp and his eyelashes are well developed. Most of your baby's features look the same as they will at birth. Because your growing baby is getting plumper, he no longer has room in your tummy to do cartwheels and somersaults.

  • the baby's movemements are definitely stronger, and possibly even more frequent. it doesn't wake me up or anything at night (yet) and well it's just awake when it's awake. Like yesterday, with all my walking around I would think I would feel nothing during the day and super active at night, but nope, felt it during the day, and felt some here and there at night. I hope this kid is a heavy sleeper like moi and not like Gene
Now is a good time to ask about prenatal classes being offered in your area. Many local hospitals offer classes for expectant women and their families. You should aim to complete the classes approximately one month before your due date.

  • i'm still on the fence about doing the prenatal class. it's kind of expensive and I can buy so many fun baby stuff with the money. hmmmm...not like i've indulged myself in prenatal education lately, but i'm kind of relying on the fact that I have an idea about prenatal/antenatal/postpartum care, and that my midwife can really help me out during the birth and that Gene will just be kind of just there. I anticipate that he won't be like a super coach...but more like a leaning post! LOL! Is that mean to say? Maybe i'm undermining him? I laugh at the thought of him taking control during the birthing process! I seriously see him as someone who can hold me, hold my hand, say encouraging words, get instruction from the midwife but damn I don't see him as someone who can GUIDE me through freakin labour. LOL! Ok that is still really mean to say. I think this is a discussion I need to have with the fellow!
You may sometimes get a stitch-like pain in your side from time to time. It's simply the muscles of the uterus stretching. the unborn child is covered with a fine, downy hair called lanugo. Its tender skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix. Some of this substance may still be on the child's skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed. The child practices breathing by inhaling (up to a liter/day) amniotic fluid into developing lungs.

  • I haven't had any braxton-hicks contractions or anything, but it sounds "interesting." I wonder if I will know how to react when that time comes?
  • the hair on my head has been extra lustrous and thick lately...well...it's either pregnancy related or just a coincidence because I started using this shampoo at the same time I got pregnant. I highly recommend the Dove Men Care "Thick and Clean" ...ok I didn't look at the ingredients or whateve chemicals is seeping into my blood through my hair, but I just love the way my hair looks!



  • no linea nigra (yet?)
  • im bothered by the scar tissue my former navel piercing has left me...i don't think i can even put that thing back in anymore
  • ive been embracing my inner asian and drinking a lot of hot water as a drink, no tea..no chocolate...just hot water. what a SUPER BORING drink!
  • haven't bought anything lately, but i'm kind of obsessed with diapers and wipes. Weird! My friend is going to buy me some from USA Costco, like $30 for 1000 Huggies Natural wipes, WOW! I wonder how long this stuff will last a typical family?
  • Sarah is going to haul over her super baby stuff sometime this month...that means, I better get my sheit together and make space for it! The crib is currently in the box unscathed and my cabbage patch doll is currently in the car seat kind of reminding me of what's to come and what I need to do hahaha

How is my life changing according to BabyCenter?

How your life's changing:


In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball.
Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.
Finally, if you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn. Contact your caregiver immediately if you notice any of the signs mentioned below.

(got to do this some time in the next couple of weeks!)

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