Wednesday, June 30, 2010

24 Week Update!

Week 24! Holy crap… and we have still yet to do anything baby related! I take that back… I did order the bedding and it's ADORABLE! I will wait to show it off until we have it in our baby girl's room and ready for her.

We have our work cut out for us. We have so much to do before she gets here. My baby shower is set for July 31! I can't wait. I can't believe it's just a month away.

Today I called to schedule a 3D/4D ultrasound for 28 weeks. I have heard that the best time for a ultrasound of this kind is between 27-32 weeks because the baby is a good size and not too cramped in there. I thought just before my baby shower would be perfect so I can show off the pics of our little girl! I hope she's cooperative.

We are also beginning our child birth classes the evening July 29th! I'm excited for that!

Lots of fun things to look forward to.

Your pregnancy: 24 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

How your life's changing:

In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball.

Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.

At my last appointment I asked my doctor when he was going to schedule my glucose screening test. He told me he would schedule that test just after the next appointment. My next appointment is 7/14, so it looks like the glucose screening is coming right up!

Everything seems to be flowing the way it should be. I hope it stays that way.

Now I leave you with my 24 week "bump"!

1 comment:

Rupinder said...

I keep telling her to just do it... and she is wavering. I hope it isn't sold out by the time she finalllly makes up her mind.

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