Wednesday, November 30, 2011

32/40!



By week 32, your baby weighs nearly 4 pounds! The crown-to-rump length of your baby is approximately 11.7 inches and the total length is about 18.9 inches. Your uterus is now 5 inches above your bellybutton. Some doctors do not see their patients every other week until now. So, if you were going to the doctor monthly, you may begin going once every other week now.
  • my midwife appointments have been every 3 weeks for the last month or so? right now im finding going there 1: annoying (because people who are late before me create a domino effect of lateness), 2: annoying (because some people TAKE FOREVER when it comes to their appointments, but I guess I would too if I was totally living in a paranoid world or in the abyss), and 3: convenient (as downtown is usually where i'm at anyways dilly dallying around the city), and 4: possibly inconvenient (as when the baby comes, I have to transit our arses to downtown for the next 6 weeks or so after the baby is born)
Sleeping boy. the baby sleeps 90-95% of the day, and sometimes experiences REM sleep, an indication of dreaming.  Now that your baby has grown so long and your uterus is higher, you might notice a new discomfort. Your baby is probably head-down and may occasionally stretch out and kick you in the ribs. The pressure on your rib cage can make you sore, especially if one of your baby's feet becomes caught. You can prevent this by sitting up straight as much as possible. Because your baby's demands for vitamins and minerals are higher than ever right now, you should continue to take your parental vitamins for the entire pregnancy.

  • i didn't know it was an option to stop taking the prenatal vits? it does same "prenatal/postpartum" on the bottle!
  • this week i definitely felt like there was some sort of growth spurt. my abdomen is a larger, rounder, fuller, heavier ...whatever you want to call it! i noticed in front of the mirror that my stomach just juts out and appears heavier...not sure how to describe it, just BIG. of course this gain in girth also has something to do with my sheity diet again this week! haha ...oops...bought a 24pack of coke from superstore...but ive only had 1 can so far. feels so good down the throat!
  • ive also noticed some big time movements from the baby this week...enough that i have to stop and watch and literally say, "whoa!" the baby has reached my ribs and though it doesnt hurt...there's no other way to describe it but something inside is nudging or kicking or stuck in my rib cage area for a few minutes then repositions
  • i've also noticed the baby's bum sticking out at times..that's when the most tightness occurs...then lets go after i pat at the spot.  again, most if not all of these movements are also on my right side. however, i have been feeling more movements on the upper abdomen and the right side, and definitely more in the lower abdominal/bladder area.  sometimes when im just doing whatever, i have this sudden urge to void, like i need to NOW...but i ignore it as theres probably no place to go at that moment...and then the pressure subsides. im pretty sure before pregnancy, when i gotta go, i gotta go...it doesn't just go away despite holding it
  • i've also felt some of the baby's movements affecting my tail bone and bowels, like again, I feel like there's pressure and that i need to do #2, then it subsides
  • this week i experienced my first baby hiccups sensation!! well, it happened 4 times this week, the last time being today...it's cute!!...yet also a little "annoying" (this is too harsh of a word) at times as the belly just keeps going and going for minutes on end! I tried to listen to see if i can hear the hiccups, but to no avail...my stethoscope sucks! For those that don't know the difference between hiccups and movements, hiccups i would describe as like a heart beat, steady pulsating of my abdomen for a few minutes with a regular rhythm

This week your baby's movements will peak. You should continue to monitor the fetal movements daily and address any concerns with your caregiver. The wrinkles in your baby's face are disappearing and fat is still being deposited throughout the baby's body.

The body growth slows down from now on. Because of the lack of space in the uterus, the legs are drawn up in what is known as the fetal position.  As a preparation for breastfeeding, your baby has learned to root for the breast. The baby will turn its head if touched on the cheek and open its mouth if the bottom lip is tickled. By this time the baby can also suck and swallow in a coordinated way.

  • what else....   oh yes, my pregnancy related stretchmarks havent worsened but they also haven't gotten any better. i still say WHATEVER to this issue as i don't feel sick about it...but i was hoping I was one of the few that wouldnt get it! under certain lights, like the lights at work(!!), i can see some faint red stretchmarks forming near my belly button.  I HAVE GOT TO STOP EATING LIKE SHEIT as im sure this is not helping my situation! did i mention that the stretchmarks are only on my left side? i guess since the baby is taking up my right side most of the time...the left side of my abdomen has to stretch and accomodate the position preference!
  • tailbone definitely hurts after a long day of shopping and sheity shoes...no im not going to get new shoes as the only shoes that don't give me back pain are my ugly work shoes. on a positive note, my legs aren't tired like before...i think that previous post way back when was an isolated incident after a crappy night.  ive been pretty energetic after my last night shift, needing a few hours of sleep, and then off i go making the shopping round...even better now that it's Christmas shopping!
  • as for the transit, i've noticed that not many people offer their seats to pregnant women...is this just a feeling of entitlement I have? not sure, but i think all pregnant women should be offered a seat and transit should include seats for pregnant women, people with disabilities, and old people! right now, there are just signs for people with disabilities and old people. one time when i was actually tired, annoyed, and just dying to go home... i happen to walk into a B-line bus and lo-and-behold, EVERYONE just happen to be taking a nap or at least had their eyes closed! honestly, i wanted to laugh and tell some people to fck themselves for being just jerkoffs...but i diffused myself from the situation and was like, "ok maybe these people were already napping anyways, or are also coming from a hard day at work." I let it go. mind you, there are times when i have turned down a seat as im feeling pretty good...but of course it's those days when you are hurting and no one offers you a seat! ugh! of course!
  • some unfortunate foods that have given me some heartburn this week:  McDonald's fries and glazed donuts from Superstore (someone feel sorry for me please?! LOL!). oh and if i lie down like in a...i dont know...60-75 degree angle, i get heart burn! haha...must be the baby pushing up on the stomach...aww
  • super faint linea nigra forming, but again...faint...and only from my belly button to my pubic line
  • sleeping well! actually, there's super frickin annoying construction going on in front of my window in the townhouses next to my bedroom...it's bad that it's noisy as of 8:30am...but good that maybe that the baby will get accustomed to this NOISE while in utero so when my place does get worked on, it won't be so startled/disturbed. um...wishful thinking!
  • as for work, im on vacation as of today! sweet lawd!! work has been going well i think, i mean really, the probably really lies in that i need to take it easy! people are telling ME not to do stuff instead of me telling them that I shouldn't be doing things hahaha. it feels good to be cared for you know!? fck even the PATIENTS are telling me to not bend down and pick stuff up or do this or do that! I think the fact that early labor (or even harm to the baby) is a possibility that needs to sink in if i dont take the time to take it frickin slow. things have just been going straight forward that i almost feel invincible, or that i still can do what i've always been doing....really bad thinking there i know! there was this random twitter thing i read when i first got pregnant on how people should stop treating pregnancy like an illness...i think i was very impressionable then and this idea has sunk in and grew some roots! aiya! TAKE IT EASY (in Marco's italian accent LOL)!
  • ive also been feeling somewhat short of breath lately...but honestly, it's heightened discomfort only in the first couple of hours of work. it's weird..im not anxious or anything...but i really feel some sort of heaviness and shortness of breath at that time. i wonder why? in general life though, i do find myself doing some pursed lip breathing...but i'm not gasping for air or totally winded
  • as for any baby haul's....nothing really this week as i was working. the baby's room (no, not the nursery...i call it the baby's room) is essentially ready. I did buy a detergent for all the baby stuff i need to wash. i did some MINOR research on this topic and came up with a conclusion, detergent is frickin expensive...you never know what your baby will react to...stick to basics like "free" and "clear" of irritants ...and see what you can find at superstore.  There really is no consensus on what is the best...so i bought Tide Free and Gentle for the baby's stuff. Hope it works out and doesn't give the baby any skin irritation


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.
  • SOB and heartburn! Aha! no, im not sleeping propped up. i feel great sleeping how i usually am sleeping.
 
You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

  • i did do some research on preterm labor...i think i just have back pain cuz this baby is getting bigger! ill keep an eye on it though
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.

  • YES!

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