Wednesday, August 25, 2010

32 Weeks... just 8 to go!

The time is still flying by! Hailey's room is ready for her but we still need to buy some stuff before she gets here. Better get on that.

This is what her room looks like...

I just threw the bedding on the crib to see what everything looked like all together. It's not 100% complete... the sheet isn't even on the mattress yet but we don't have much left to do at this point. Whew!

Your pregnancy: 32 weeks

How your baby's growing:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

How your life's changing:

To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

Not to brag, but I am still feeling great! I can only hope and pray that I keep feeling this way! I don't feel like I have run out of room in my belly for Miss Hailey. I told Craig last night that I think (but hope not) she will try to stay in there longer than 40 weeks. LOL What's the rush when you are so comfortable in there? I am really hoping not to go over my due date... my fingers are crossed. I don't want her to come to early but not to late either. Is that to much to ask?

I had a doctor's appointment today. He says Hailey is measuring right on schedule. I guess that after 20 weeks the measurment from your pelvic bone to the top of your uterus coinsides with how many weeks you are. I am measuring right at about 32... 32 weeks. I told him I still think I am hiding her. I will be more than ecstatic to have an average sized baby and not an amazon 12 pounder!

I am finally getting people (strangers) asking how far along I am. People seem shocked when I tell them I am 8 months. Way better than hearing "Are you sure it's not twins?". I might have to punch someone if they said that to me!

That's all I've got for you right now!

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