Wednesday, August 18, 2010

31 weeks!

Moving right along… into 31 weeks! That means only 5 more weeks of work and 9 more weeks until our baby girl's due date. Her actual arrival could be another story! We just don't know when she will bless us with her presence.

We are all done with our child birthing class. We officially know everything there is to know about birthing a child! LOL… not!

I have scheduled an infant CPR class for us to take and we will also be touring and pre-registerring at the hospital. Both of those things will be taking place in September.

I am so happy to report that Hailey's room is DONE! There are a lot of odds and ends we still need to buy but the nursery is pretty much finished, aside from a few little things like her dresser, something on the walls. Such a huge relief that if she came tomorrow (Don't get any ideas, Hailey!) we would have a bedroom that is all ready for her. WE wouldn’t quite be ready but the her room would be!

Your pregnancy: 31 weeks

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

How your life's changing:

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they're irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don't hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your practitioner immediately if you have more than four contractions in an hour or any other signs of preterm labor: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge (if it becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody — even if it's pink or just tinged with blood); abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping; an increase in pressure in the pelvic area; or low back pain, especially if you didn't have it before.

You may have noticed some leaking of colostrum, or "premilk," from your breasts lately. If so, try tucking some nursing pads into your bra to protect your clothes. (And if not, it's certainly nothing to worry about; your breasts are making colostrum all the same, even if you don't see any.) If your current bra is too snug, you might also want to pick up a nursing bra. Choose a nursing bra at least one cup size bigger than you need now. When your milk comes in you'll be grateful for that extra room!

I am still feeling really good! A little more tired, work outs are becoming a little harder but I am sticking with them as long as I possibly can! I have come this far… why quit? =)

I think have experienced some Braxton Hicks contractions but not many and not very often.

So far I have to say that my pregnancy has been as perfect as can be and I can only hope the next 9 weeks or so continue to go as well as the first 31!

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