December 14 2004 18:15 (+ 8 - 3 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and measures 17.2 inches from the top of his head to his heels. His skin is becoming less red and wrinkled, and while most of his bones are hardening, his skull is quite pliable and not completely joined. This will help him ease out of your relatively narrow birth canal.

How your life's changing: You may be feeling some aches and even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can swell, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this "tunnel" end up pinched, creating numbness, tingling, shooting or burning pain, or a dull ache. Try wearing a brace or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or assembly line, for example), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks.

If you're having trouble sleeping at night, try wedging a pillow between your legs and behind your back. If that doesn't help, try sleeping in a semi-upright position, with several pillows behind your head (or sleep in a recliner!). If frequent trips to the bathroom are robbing you of your zz's, cut back on fluids by late afternoon or evening.

Not much new this week... a little more stretching pains. Last night I pulled a "Princess and the Pea" and got out two more pillows... bringing my total up to 4 full size pillows under my head, one between my legs, and a mini pillow under my belly when I'm laying on my side. My wrists do bother me from time to time, but I have some splints that I can put on if they get bad. As long as I don't do too much crocheting at one sitting, all is right with the world =)

Have a good week! Baby and I are going to go back to Christmas cookie baking =)

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