November 23 2004 23:02 (+ 9 - 4 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: Your baby's a bit more than 15 1/2 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds. A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and fills out your uterus. Her eyes open and close, she's able to distinguish between light and dark, and she can even follow a light source back and forth. Once she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have a visual acuity of only 20/400 which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. ("Normal" vision in adults is 20/20.)

How your life's changing: You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having any trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsy, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, your balance is off and your joints are loosened, thanks to pregnancy hormones. Those loose joints can actually cause your feet to grow a shoe size --permanently.

Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and your hormones may result in a revisit of those ups and downs you felt in the first few months. 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 anxious or irritable, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 10 percent of expectant women who battle mild to moderate depression during their pregnancies.

And if you think you might like some kind of pain relief for labor and delivery, now's a good time to look into your options.

Yesterday was another doctor's appointment - we're up to the every two weeks appointments now. Everything is still going great. I'm now measuring 32 cm - up 3 from a month ago. I lost a little over 2 pounds - most likely a result of the stomach problems from a couple weeks ago - but the doctor was fine with that. Wags' heartbeat was 150 - up from 140 all the other times we've heard it. We went over our birth plan with the doctor. We pointed out the parts that were most important to us and she agreed to all of them - and said she'd go over the rest of it by our December 6 appointment. So things are still right on track, and Wags is still squirming all over the place.

Let's see - with today's update from we like to play the flashlight on the belly game with baby to get his or her attention during a kick-fest. I have been a bit more tired lately, so I've been trying to counter act that with sleeping in a bit and getting to bed a little earlier than I have been. Thankfully, as of today we are taking a break from the Bible studies (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) until the new year because of midweek Advent services and Christmas/New Year. So I'll have more time at home to get the "nest" in order and rest as I need to.

I haven't been overly clumsy (at least more than usual), my moods have been pretty stable throughout pregnancy (and Geof will verify that), and we've already done our study on pain medications for labor and have armed ourselves with relaxation techniques and exercises to help us through labor before pain medication needs to be considered. So things are going right on schedule. After our next appointment we'll plan our trip to visit the hospital for a tour of the OB floor. Things are moving along =)

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