Monday, November 14, 2011

30 weeks, possibly 10 weeks to go!







You may feel as if you have been pregnant forever at this point. It might be hard to imagine being pregnant for another ten weeks, but your baby still has a lot of growing and developing to do! By this time, your baby's crown-to-rump length is a little over 10.8 inches and the total length of your baby is about 17 inches! Your baby weighs about 3 pounds now. Your uterus can be felt about 4 inches above your bellybutton. Your uterus, baby, placenta and the amount of fluid will get larger over the next ten weeks. You should be gaining about a pound a week at this time.

  • had another midwife appt today:  blood pressure 110/60.  Weight 78.3kg (approx 0.87kg weight gain in 3 weeks)
  • belly measuring what it should be measuring
  • and heart beat was found on the lower left quadrant of my abdomen this time instead of the right side ...she didn't say though what the rate was
  • she also mentioned that I was having a BOY according to the ultrasound, and that she said in her years of midwifery, there's only been one wrong/surprise birth (ie. not the gender the ultrasound stated) ...sounds reassuring?!?!
Because you are getting larger, you are probably becoming slower and clumsier. You should try to be careful to avoid dangerous falls. Good posture when sitting and standing can help you feel better during your pregnancy. You also should be rolling over on your side to get up after lying down because your muscles have stretched to accommodate your growing uterus.

  • currently, the only achiness i've noticed this week is on my lower back area after a long shopping day...yep...shopping, not work! haha. must have something to do with the crappy shoes I wear in real life.  I feel EXTRA stiff when i have to suddently get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom...there's definitely a delayed reaction. nothing lingering, nothing sciatic, nothing major for now. I really really want a massage...im not sure about it though as i've read nothing about it. isn't it bad for all those toxins to be released in your system with the baby in tow? mmm ...not sure. if someone can give me a good reason as to why it's a good idea, i'll be going asap
  • ive also been cracking my neck a lot lately...or rather, my neck as been cracking a lot lately. just tilting to the left...and right...with the intention of cracking it...100% cracks will happen. it doesnt even provide any major, satiating relief...i just like doing it. weird
Even though your baby is cushioned by the amniotic fluid, she can feel and respond to pain. Your baby now does `practice breathing` to get ready for life outside of your womb. If you have an ultrasound at this time, you will be able to see this. If your baby swallows amniotic fluid down the wrong passage, she will still get hiccups that are noticeable by you. If your baby were born at this time, she would be able to keep herself warm.

  • i have yet to feel this hiccuping sensation
  • baby's kicks have definitely gone higher. Just under my ribs even...and maybe even my ribs as I had this lingering ache once as I was walking to work. Belly continues to pulsate and ripple...so fun to watch!
The skin begins to smoothen as fat deposits accumulate underneath. The fat insulates and is an energy source.
  • i love fat babies!
  • so talked about my birthing plans with the midwife today. I basically said that I wanted to have it unmedicated, i want the gas but not the drugs, I want to be squatting- not lying down, and basically Gene has been advised to stay above the equator (and even maybe have a wheelchair ready for Him!) LOL!
  • also Yes to oxytocin, PKU test, vitamin K, and eye ointment (which I thought was not an option in BC, but it is. Some places in the USA, the eye ointment is the mandatory by law. I think people opt out for reasons that include that the first hour of life is somewhat important, and they didn't want their babies blinded by eye ointment during that bonding moment).
  • what else, oh yes- went for a 4 hour non-stress test (NST) on my last night shift! Why you ask? Because a patient punched me in the abdomen (left upper quadrant to be exact)! Argh! everything turned out ok, babies HR average was probably 140bpm (they want to see between 110-160bpm), and moving like crazy and thus they kept losing contact and had to keep repositioning the monitor. the 4 hour NST is standard protocol for MVA's and abdominal trauma
  • just tried on some winter jackets from last year (like the ones that actually keep you warm and are water resistant) and well, they don't fit! Or rather, really snug on the abdomen- so great excuse to go shopping for a new jacket right?! So managed to snag one of these MEN's jackets from H&M for $30 in blue (and of course, Gene has to copy what I wear, so he got one too in black). Lots of room for a growing belly, and definitely lots of room (i think) to have a baby tucked inside with an Ergo carrier on!  Can't go wrong for a super warm puffy jacket for $30!
  • my mom and sis bought us some 2-4y/o boys outfits from the GAP. I especially love the denim jacket! This is really thinking ahead!
  • was strolling around London Drugs Cambie and came across a baby buy 1 get 1 free managers deal on their Aleva Naturals baby wash. Ive never actually scoped out the price of this stuff in other stores as ive been consumed with brand loyalty (ahem Burts Bees), but the reg pice was $7.99 each, whereas the current sale (lasts till nov 27) is buy 1 get 1 FREE so about $4.50 each tax included.  No perfumes, hypoallergenic, SLS and SLES free, paraben free, and pthalates free. Sounds like something worth trying.  I picked up 3 body washes, and 1 hair and body wash. if these dont turn out, then ill be using it for myself and the next person who gives birth will get this as part of their baby shower! hehe 

  • and as for my personal frivolous baby haul, we bought a north face jacket on ebay for cheap cheaper than what it would have been at the store, and shipping was only $3 to Canada.  not sure why (actually I do, his name is Gene), but ive been spending some time at North Face just because for some reason im expecting an unnaturally cold ass winter - which probably won't happen! Anyhow, bought this down infant puffy jacket for 3-6month old on ebay, new withtags. will possibly be too big for the kid, or not, but let me repeat, this was a FRIVOLOUS buy
  • i've also been eyeing this one piece suit for like 2-3 years? or at least the concept of it. So lo and behold comes a 35% off everything sale at the GAP, and so I bought this super soft onesie that makes your baby look like a bear! I bought the 3-6month old size...not sure if it'll fit at all or for very long for that matter. I really should stop buying baby clothes. how much does one really need? Oh well...each week is a new week! I couldn't resist this one at least

essentially identical to this, but i have a zipper going down the left side, not buttons


How your life's changing according to babycenter:

You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.
  • all shoes fit, and hopefully stay this way! Compression stockings!

Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.


something I really need to read, and re-read until it sinks in. Not sure why I have such an issue with vulnerability? (perhaps in the virgo in me, according to my phone horoscope haha) I'm just so ingrained with the concept of being able to if you can - 2 legs/2 arms/healthy etc.  BUT, hell, this isn't a contest and no one is going to win any points. So I really need to just slow the heck down!

(i can't turn off the frickin BOLD option! WTF!)

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