August 31 2004 18:55 (+ 5 - 6 )
posted by (gen_here)


How your baby's growing: Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a large sweet potato) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more.

Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

How your life's changing: Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline increase. Look for specially designed maternity clothes that can accommodate your expanding belly.

You may have heard that it's best to lie on your left side during your last two trimesters. Here's why: When you lie on your back, your uterus can compress your pelvic veins in particular, the inferior vena cava, the vein that returns blood from the lower half of your body back to your heart. Lying on your left side helps remove this pressure. Try placing a pillow behind you, or under your hip or leg for comfort.

Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during your second trimester your blood pressure is probably lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.


Well, no matter how I try and sleep at night, I wake up in some different position. That's what I get for normally being a stomach sleeper. And the dizziness is definitely apparent, especially after not a ton of sleep - like Sundays during the church stand-up, sit-down (fight, fight, fight?). But we're hanging in there.

I'm also still single-handedly keeping GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Tums, in business.

But the good news is we finally found an allergy medicine that works for me and that I can take. I'm out of samples and back on Claritin for now, but as soon as my prescription comes in, I'll be enjoying the simple things in life... you know - breathing, a head that doesn't ache, a lack of crap in my nose - the good stuff!

The baby's room is coming along nicely - two coats of sky and two coats of grassy hills. Now that leaves the outline of grass and individual blades... and clouds. Tomorrow when we start our Bradley Birth class, I'll pick up the last paint supplies in the city that I need to get it done. I want to have it finished before we leave for Chicago on September 16th.


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