October 26 2004 19:34 (+ 7 - 7 )
posted by (gen_here)


How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs a little under 2 pounds and measures about 14 inches, from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means her response to sounds is growing more consistent. Her lungs are developing now, too, as she continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid good practice for when she's born and takes that first breath of air. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum a trip that will take about two to three days.

How your life's changing: Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly as it returns to its normal pre-pregnancy range. (It was at a low from 22 to 24 weeks.) Though preeclampsia most often occurs in the last trimester, this is a good time to be aware of the warning signs of this dangerous condition that occurs in about 3 to 7 percent of all pregnancies. Signs you should be alert for include swelling of the hands and face, sudden weight gain (due to water retention), blurry vision, seeing spots before your eyes, sudden severe or persistent headaches, or upper abdominal pain. By checking for high blood pressure and protein in your urine, your caregiver will monitor you for preeclampsia at your routine prenatal visits, but call her immediately if you have any of these symptoms before your next appointment. Early identification of preeclampsia is essential for the health of you and your baby.

If your back seems a little achy lately, you can thank pregnancy hormones (which are loosening up your joints and ligaments) and your shifting center of gravity. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or cool compress might bring relief. Or you may want to schedule a prenatal massage by a trained therapist. Use a pregnancy wedge when sleeping, to support your back and abdomen. Try to maintain good posture, which will help reduce the strain on your back, and always take care when bending and lifting. If you experience severe pain or numbness in any area of your body, call your practitioner.


As I type this, I'm literally watching my abdomen move spastically while Wags kicks. I think s/he's saying "Hi!" to y'all!

Not much to add to this weeks update. My back's been great so far. I occasionally need a little help up from a cozy chair or the floor, but otherwise things are good. I think I'll be making an appointment with my chiropractor in the next week or so just as a preventative measure.

Here's the update I typed up for a few friends about yesterday's doctor visit...

I love going to the doctor for prenatal appointments. I think it's because it's the only time in my life I've ever gone to a doctor when I'm *well* and the doctor agrees with me =)

We had our appointment this afternoon. We thought it was at one... it was at two. So we went and wandered around the grocery store for awhile. We wanted to go to this Amish store there, but it was closed. So we got back to the doctor's office about 1:30 and we got in pretty much right away. The summary of the appointment:

No sugar or protein in the "specimen."
I'm up 1.5 pounds (not bad for 4 weeks)
My uterus is measuring 30 (cm I think) compared to 22 last month (holy growth!)
Baby's heartbeat is still a good, strong 140... and s/he kicked the fetoscope while the doctor was trying to find it... but I warned her that Wags was being active right then!

In two weeks I get to go back for the GTT... I have my happy little bottle of orange glucola waiting for me on our counter - and it will go in the fridge once the fridge warms up (it had been freezing everything for about a week and we just got it fixed). My next appointment with the doctor is in 4 weeks... then I move to the every-2-weeks appointments!


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