Tuesday, November 1, 2011

7 months! 2 trimesters down, 1 to go!

Your baby's crown-to-rump length is approximately 10 inches and the total length of your growing baby is around 15.75 inches. Your baby weighs about 2.4 pounds at this point. Your uterus is a little more than 3 inches above your bellybutton. Your weight gain at this time should be between 17 and 24 pounds.

  • either the scale is wrong, or I just don't meet average weight gain! I wonder if I should be worried about this? i've definitely eaten enough halloween candy this week to make up for anything haha

Blood vessel in the umbilical cord. For several months, the umbilical cord has been the baby's lifeline to the mother. Nourishment is transferred from the mother's blood, through the placenta, and into the umbilical cord to the baby. If the mother ingests any toxic substances, such as drugs or alcohol, the baby receives these as well! You will probably begin visiting your caregiver once every two weeks. Week 28 is an important week for testing. You will probably be having your glucose tolerance test, an iron level test and if you are Rh negative, you should have an antibody test. The antibody test will determine if you and your baby will have any reactions to each other's blood differences. The glucose test will check for gestational diabetes.

  • need to do that postpartum depression test. otherwise, GTT is done and passed. Iron level i have no idea, but i have no fatigue so i think that's fine too. My blood group is O and am Rh+ so I don't need that extra shot and need not worry about incompatabilities

Your baby's brain continues to develop and is now forming the folds and grooves of a fully developed brain. The amount of tissues within the brain also continues to increase in large amounts. The hair that covers your baby's scalp is also getting longer. Your baby is now large enough for presentation to be determined and your doctor might be able to find out if your baby is at risk for being breech. If your baby is breech, don't panic. There is still time for the baby to rotate.

  • next midwife appt is on Nov 14th, so far she said baby's bum is on my right side with head down. I haven't felt anything major that would make me worried about the baby turning, plus, that hardness on the right side of my belly is where it always is

  • i think i may have had a minor growth spurt this last week, i feel rather bigger and fuller. still getting the comments of "you're 7 months? you don't look it" but i think it's all about the scrubs and camouflage, im feeling/looking full in regular clothes
  • i think a super faint linea nigra is starting to develop, but it's only running from the bottom of my belly button down to my pubic line. to see it is all about lighting too...definitely not hair...otherwise, im quite happy with how my belly is looking! it's more jutting out than affecting the obliques
  • no pregnancy related stretch marks!
  • whenever i work (and thus sweat) a mix of my new breast size and protruding tummy is giving me a rash just under my boobs...like the bra line? can't wear sports bras as the band soaks up sweat and makes me itch, i can wear my non-maternity non-underwire bra at work...though i don't itch as much..i still itch after i take it off. it's like a frickin chafing, sweat, friction thing?! WTF? I need INTER-DRY! hahahaha. so far i've been using zinc after showers, and prior to work, i just put baby powder under my bra. it's really frickin annoying and itching feels so good but is bad for you. I really don't want a candida infection! So far im ok as it's only at work and usually just after day shifts....hmmm...monitoring! Anyone have advice?!
  • i think i've had a couple of braxton hicks contractions this week...of course at work...during a busy ass day. belly just tightens up. irregular, mildly uncomfortable, painless...normal, but definitely need to take it easy
  • throat burn with Cheezies...baby doesn't like Cheezies!! Boo hoo
  • no more pregnancy news at work...babies are coming out now! Aiya!!
  • im starting to do kick counts this week as per recommendations. no problems today that's for sure. i can't say i really have figured out the pattern of the baby though so i guess I just have to set a time, and count
  • 8/10 times the baby is now responding to my poking and proding...it's pretty cool to feel a response. sometimes the movement from within is so strong that it's like an internal earthquake if i catch it...like the entire abdomen just shakes/jiggles/moves but i don't see any silhouttes or anything from the outside of the baby moving
  • my belly button is still an "innie" but definitely shallower
  • 90% of the time the kicks are still felt on my right side, but now there is some happening on the left side...finally!
  • nothing major this week!
Childbirth Video, NSFW!! WARNING for those who are squeemish. Heck, even i'm just a little traumatized!! OW!

How your life's changing:

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.
  • about a pound a week!! my poor joints!!

At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

  • i don't have this issue, thank the lawd!


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