Wednesday, December 14, 2011

34/40...3, 4, 5, or 6 weeks to go!




Your baby's crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus.

  • i have no doubt this baby is growing.  Ive been getting some occasional feelings of horizontal expansion in my lower back sometimes when im propped up.  Im not sure how else to describe it but a tingling sensation, of horizontal nature, like an expansion?! someone must understand what the heck i mean! haha
  • im also sure this baby is growing length wise as im feeling movements in my rib cage area, like just under the breast bone. Sometimes there's enough pressure on my xyphoid process that i think baby is pressing on it, and i get this brief surge of dizziness, kind of nausea, definitely pressure, and then it fades away
  • also, baby's bum (?) is higher up near my rib cage. baby doesnt kick my rib cage, but he definitely wedges his bum at my right rib lower ribs and stays there for a bit. definitely pressure, im surprised i dont have stretch marks up there with his bum always there hahah
  • and speaking of stretchmarks, major surge of them between 29 weeks and 34 weeks. must be a growth spurt that occured. it honestly looks worse on camera than in does in real life, or maybe im just so clouded in real life!? haha ...it is what it is
  • there must be less space in my belly now too as i can definitely feel the baby's movements on my left side. more so when im lying down on the side, but definitely movement exists there. i wonder if it harms my placenta, which im assuming is on that side anteriorly, when baby is kicking at it?!



Braxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful.

  • i think i had a braxton hicks (BH) contraction last night. it felt like an overwhelming pressure, again at the xyphoid process area, making it slightly diffiult to breathe (had to do pursed lip breathing) and then went away. lasted appox 15 seconds maybe? then breaked for a minute or so, then another tightening. that was it for the night. im not sure if that was a BH or like i previously mentioned, baby's bum wedged there and adding pressure

Your baby's hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby's hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.

  • drinks i NEED to drink during this pregnancy: water ....coke (other pops are just not that satiating).... chocolate milk ...and sometimes the odd iced tea
  • my dentist said the leeching of calcium during pregnancy is a myth ...or at least in the case of teeth. and increased cavities during pregnancy has nothing to do with baby needing lots of calcium, but more to do with poor hygiene. Let it be known i dont have cavities or poor oral hygiene hahaha

If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant.
The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating.
Fingernails now reach over the finger tips and the baby can scratch itself.
  • i took a breastfeeding course this week and i would have to say that though informal, it was informative enough for me. I still of course feel some sort of anxiety re: latching on, but really, nothing I can do right now. Some points that stuck with me:  exclusive breastfeeding is the way to go for at least 6 months, you have to keep trying to get that CORRECT latch and by trying it doesnt mean in 10 tries, trying can be counted in days. one breast is dinner, then burp, then the other breast is dessert (LOL). and, there are many ways to hold a baby for breastfeeding, just don't shove their face on your boob or hold their head and shove their head on your boob as that results in a reflex of pushing their head back away from your boob! oh, and if you want to do bottle, everyone should be able to give the bottle, but mom should only be connected with the breast... ie...mom, don't give the bottle, dad or whoever else can. mom = breastmilk/breastfeeding. oh and finally, just giving baby formula changes that GI flora which puts them at risk for some GI related illnesses. Breastmilk = good GI tract.
  • anyhow, not like i feel like im ready to breastfeed, but id certainly like to try now since it's so fresh hahaha. perhaps more youtube videos on this topic for some self teaching. no colostrum leaking!
  • did you know it costs about $130 + HST to get a lactation consultant to visit your home?! expensive, but i can see the other side of it being totally worth it if you are able to be comfortable with the breastfeeding skill
  • what else...
  • definitely no major christmas shopping marathons this week as i've been paying for it with some back aches at the end of the day. maybe 3 hours max of walking around? and that includes transit time! awww
  • my right boob still is so itchy. i dont fcking know why?!?! all i need to do is thinking about scratching and then i scratch and it feels sooooo good! then the skin is all red and regrets occur LOL! it's not like i have stretch marks there? or maybe it is just a matter of winter weather + growing/stretching skin that causes the itchiness and dryness. i dont think it's urgent enough to see the doctor, and there's definitely no bleeding or fabric related issues. argh! i just want to scratch!
  • im also having some pain on my left shoulder and left hip this week. im sure it's because of 1) hormones affecting joints and 2) despite having a king sized bed, i get pushed to the very end of the mattress with Someone taking up 80% of the bed...and this creates pressure spots on my left shoulder and left hip for prolonged periods. when i regain consciousness throughout the night, i NEED to reposition and i feel discomfort, then go back to sleep. happens 2-3 times a night every night. I definitely know how important it is now to reposition the patients every 2 hours or so, especially the ones that can't reposition themselves as pressure spots are so frickin uncomfortable! pre-pregnancy, or rather pre-this week, i never had problems with pressure...but i guess since my sleep positions are limited, i only have a few options and they seem to be the same options!
  • shortness of breath and or chest heaviness is creeping up every now and then ...just evidence that the baby hasn't dropped yet. or that this baby is just big and pressing on my lungs
  • i installed the car seat base in the car this week...im sure it's not "cemented down" like it should be, but it's a start
  • way too lazy to do the homework from the midwife....really need to get on that! womp womp
  • 2 patterns of active baby movement i've attuned myself to are that baby is awake and moving around just prior to me waking up in the morning (at whatever time that may be). even though im in a deep sleep, it probably isnt THAT deep if i can feel the baby shuffling itself inside. and the next major movements i feel are just prior to me going to bed, then it's really active. im trying to pay attention to kick counts breakfast- lunch- dinner or at least three times a day. im up to the point of some anxiety if it doesnt happen!
  • i saw Janine's baby Jack on monday for a lunch...he's 6 weeks old and 12 pounds. is that normal? he's a good sleeper! i guess i will be stuck with the screaming baby?! haha
  • as for BABY HAUL, we didn't really buy anything major..only frivolous. i think i have the necessities anyways...the rest is just stuff that i think would help?! anyhow, although i said that no more clothes will be bought, i just couldn't help but buy a couple of things because...well...might as well as it's winter and winter baby stuff is on sale right?!

bought this at the GAP, but bought the 3-6 month age. i think it'll be good for a going out and going home type of outfit as it's all fleece. i like the fact that there's no arm pockets or feet pockets so i can just roll up the extremities until it does start fitting

and this was our most frivolous buy EVER imo. only bought this as it was 1) ON SALE, and 2) it matches Gene's adult north face jacket so he was all about the matchy-matchy look and walking around the street matching. (yes, he even likes to buy stuff that match what i wear!) on a more practical note, yet not so practical, this jacket is for a 2 YEAR OLD toddler! hahaha. this just shows i have no concept of sizing...so, maybe this is something that'll last for the next 3 winters?!


How your life's changing:

By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.
  • i can't get up fast cuz belly is heavy and my back hurts! time to slow down? yes ma'am! but too bad i have to go back to work on the 15th!
If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it's not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.

  • i dont have this. however, i do know that i had a coworker who developed a rash and had to be admitted with bloodwork every 4 hours or so. ANYTHING can happen!
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on a sad note, my friend experienced a devastating terrible loss this week (December 9). Let's just say everything was essentially perfect and this occured, and well, it's life altering physically, mentally, emotionally...every which way possible. and there's no way of planning or even knowing how to react to such a thing?!

im not sure how to support her yet, but give them the space they've requested.

RIP little one

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