Saturday, February 21, 2009
In spite of all the down sides of pregnancy it is all worth it for the day that my son will be here. I am so excited to be a mother and experience all the joys and ups and downs up being a mother. Next time.... Ill just make sure I have a husband to help me through all of it. Its way too hard to go through it alone again.
Fetal development in pregnancy week 27:fetus in seventh month Your not-so-tiny-anymore brilliant baby(about 2 pounds and 14.5 inches long!) is slowly rotating in preparation to “head out.” Obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight, but when you start to feel an unfamiliar pressure on your cervix, you’ll know you’ve got a fully flipped baby locked and loaded for the countdown to their birthday! Even now, at the beginning of the third trimester, their little lungs are already capable of breathing air while the pulmonary vascular system can provide sufficient gas exchange and the central nervous system can generally regulate rhythmic breathing as well as their basal body temperature. For what it’s worth, at this point in a healthy pregnancy a premature child (with intensive care) could easily win on the show: “Survivor: The Early Years.”
And how's mom doing? You’ve worked hard, done your research, endured a plethora of joyless symptoms and would like nothing more than to have wonder-baby on the outside. Well, dig in for the final endurance round and say hello again to the familiar but not-so-lovable faces of fatigue and nausea. You guessed it, the dratted the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time… hormone factory is once again running at full-tilt (and causing rapid hair growth), sigh…. Your (“yaaaawn”) fatigue stems from several factors, including the proverbial weight gain, shortness of breath and of course, sleep deprivation. (See week 29 for tips on how to alleviate fatigue!).
Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous “live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).
Of course breast tenderness is also very common at this phase as milk production is kicking in. Other thrilling third-trimester symptoms include more swelling (known as edema) and feeling like you live in a sweat factory as a result of increased basal body temperature. Thank your baby: this temperature increase stems from their body heat coupling with your own, which of course all adds up to one hot mama!
Just in case you don’t have enough things to stress out about: we’d like to remind you the third trimester is really a time to kick your baby-on-the-outside preparations into high gear: baby-proof the home or apartment, buy a car-seat, get a stroller, dress up the nursery and plan a space for diapering, keep mulling over possible names, and try to enjoy this time… when you’re not nauseous, constipated, running to the toilet, or just plain wiped out. (And don’t forget to get your sleep, be active, and eat well! Phewee! we're tired just thinking about what you're going through!)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Fetal development in pregnancy week 26:
At long last, your little swimmer can see the womb! Your miracle’s little eyelids have finally separated (they were fused closed previously) and they’re probably having their first moments of sight as you read this (or maybe it already happened while you were brushing your teeth or watching Oprah or something). In addition to seeing their little studio in your belly, they’ve recently acquired the ability to say “yes” and “no” in rudimentary sign language as they can now move their head back and forth. This is also the time where your little super star’s head hair is starting to grow! A cute little cowlick or two may be springing into position right now, getting ready for years of cute-but-stubborn bed-head. Also, their toenails have grown in and you little raisin continues to slowly pile up fat beneath their still-loose skin. Most importantly, brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace, increasing their (genius-level?) brain activity and will continue to function at accelerated levels for the first seven to eight years of childhood!
And how's mom doing? This is the final week of your second trimester. We won't go on and on about the joys of constipation, but if you’re curious why you’ve got to put up with this much-less-than-fun blockage, it’s basically because you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout you’re producing higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes muscle tissue throughout your entire body,including the G.I. tract and ultimately slows digestion down… waaaay down. Not to fear, there are plenty of natural remedies for the joys of constipation, including: increasing your standard fiber intake with fruits and veggies, oatmeal, or whole grains (such as millet, rye and wheat). Another way to get things moving "down there" is to get yourself moving! If you haven’t been very active, try putting some time in walking or swimming. Increasing your general activity levels often inspires a bowel movement without requiring a suppository. Many women also experience restless and jittery legs during the second half of pregnancy. It’s a common condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome (or RLS—not a very creative name). Cutting out caffeine, stretching your calf muscles slowly, and some nice and deep muscle massages are generally effective ways to help deal with RLS.
Monday, February 9, 2009
My whole body is changing a lot. Its hard to get used to. And I can no longer sleep on my belly. I havent for a long time. But sometimes I would wake up on my belly. Now if I lay down on my belly I look really awkward and high centered. Sometimes I just have to stretch out a little though and my belly is the only place that is comfy. Pretty soon Im going to cut a hole in my matress....
This weekend was really a tough one for me. Work was going pretty well until I pretty much lost it at the 15 year old who insisted on pulling up my shirt to touch my bare skinned belly. And things with Brennan have come to an end. Not to mention the constant back pains and muscle aches that never seem to go away. And I havent been sleeping well at all. Things have really been starting to add up this past week and I cant believe how hard life can get. When it rains it poors right? Then today I was feeling especially down and out and my boss said "You shouldn't be trying to hide your belly and your pregnancy. Your lucky you can get pregnant. Some women would kill to be able to have children. You need to learn to embrace it and be happy." This his pretty close to home. In spite of all the negative things that have happened over the past few weeks I truly am so blessed. I never stop to think about the blessings that I have in my life... just all the negative things. And it really has started to take a toll on me. Instead of looking at how horrible my life is and how depressed I think I am, I need to focus on how blessed I am and what I do have. Im sure its easier said than done.
I did finally get to target and registered for all the baby things that I need. Which is EVERYTHING. I couldnt believe how expensive everything was. There was a lot of really cool things tho. I am getting more and more excited.
I have been reading a lot of pregnancy magazines and books. And really starting to study labor and the delivery. Funny thing - the baby is due on Labor day. Ba hahaha. Anyways, there is so much to learn and so much to study its really been keeping me busy. I can see that this is deffinately a time that a husband would come in handy. This has been hard up to now, and its only going to get harder. It would be so much easier with a spouse and within marriage. BUT, since I am the exception to this case I will have to make it on my own. As hard as this is and is going to be I know that I can do it. I have been through a lot in my 21 years of life and all of that just prepared me for this.
I am going to put a poll up on a few baby names that I have been thinking of. So make sure and vote for your favorite one!
Ive also been thinking of using cloth diapers after the first few months. Does anyone have any first hand experience on how great or horrible cloth diapers are?
I have seen some ads for some really cute cloth diapers and they seem like they would be a lot cheaper than diapers. And Im all about saving a dollar.
Ill keep you guys updated on whats going on as much as I can. Thanks for all your support mom and sissy. I love you guys.
Fetal development in pregnancy week 25:fetus in sixth month Your little grower’s physical proportions are evening out at this point and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and lots and lots of nervous system development. The good news is: if your child is born premature now they’ll be more likely to survive without too much trauma as their lungs began to produce “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day. Yes, now’s a good time for a minor sigh of relief and a quick pat on the back. All that hard work and conscientious living is really getting your child prepared for a healthy delivery. Keep up the fabulous work mama! This week they’ll be scootching slowly out of the old breech position and start rotating (already!) into a better position for exit during their birth. Their head and feet are slowly rotating so that the head is pointed down towards the birth canal. Time is short (or really long, depending on who you ask)—just (still!) 14 weeks left before you can go back to being a single-resident human.
And how's mom doing? Trimester two is finally almost over, which means you have that one final trimester of pregnancy to enjoy (and suffer through). You could celebrate this landmark passage by purchasing some piece of clothing designed to make your curvy body look as gorgeous and classy as possible... and don’t let the Try to practice good posture—it will alleviate some of the back fatigue as slouching is actually harder on your back price tag stop you, this is an act of self-love not book-keeping. But before you max out your credit card, remember: you’re only going to get larger, so buy smart. Speaking of larger, you’re obviously carrying more weight now and your back is going to let you know. Don’t let this get you down or make you feel like a weakling—it all comes with the territory of being preggers. Try to practice good posture—it will alleviate some of the back fatigue as slouching is actually harder on your back. It’s also common for women to experience leg cramps during this period. Go ahead, strong arm someone who loves you into giving you a massage. Or if you're lucky enough to have the extra bucks, head to a spa that specializes in pregnancy massages and get the full-treatment.
You may have already noticed that your hair seems fuller, thicker, more plentiful and darker-- especially your body hair. There are two basic reasons for this: 1) you're shedding much less (head) hair than you usually do and 2) your body's hormones contribute to the way your body hair is growing right now. Not to worry, all the hairiness will return to normal after you've delivered your baby.
Friday, February 6, 2009
So on Tuesday this week I started having contractions and they would not go away or stop no matter what I did. I called my doctors office and told them what was going on and they said to just keep track of how often they happened and for how long. They werent happening that often, just ever few hours so they werent too worried about it. They said to stay hydrated and drink lots of water and take walks when I started to have a contractions and if they didnt go away to call back and make an appt to come in and take some tests. So the contractions never stopped so I went in yesterday and the tests showed that I have an infection and that would be the cause of the never ending contractions. They wrote me a prescription for some antibiotics to take and I got back in a week to see if the infection is gone. On top of all that being totally scary to me cause I didnt know what the heck was going on, the baby stopped moving for like two days. I guess he tends to do that sometimes. But usually he moves a lot! Especially when I am upset or not feeling well. But everything is good now and he started kickin like crazy last night and this morning.
I am almost into week 25 and that means I will only have 15 weeks left! Still thats over 3 months. Haha. But it seems so far away! But then when I think about how unprepared I am for him, it makes it seem like its way too soon. I have a small collection of clothes. Just a few onezies and the camo outfit. And thats about it. I need to register this week at target. So when I get that done I will let you guys know so you can go online and see what I need. The more I look at baby stuff the more excited and stressed out I get! But I cant wait to be a mom and for my little boy to be here!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 24:This is another big week for your magical growing baby! Just take a look at the checklist for this week: 1) ears: done; 2) fingernails: done; 3) (if you have a boy) testicles: taking their 3-4 day trip from the abdominal wall to the scrotum; and 4) lungs walls: secreting “surfactant”. What’s that? Well, surfactant is sort of what it sounds like: a surface-activated fat whose main purpose is to assist the your baby's little lungs during inflation (as in, filling with air, not getting more expensive). Just in case you’re curious, your submerged baby is still breathing in amniotic fluid, preparing and rehearsing the lungs an oxygen-filled life outside the womb. By the end of this week, your child will be weighing around 2 lbs and 14 inches long. Your cutie-patootie may even be a little more plump, but isn't anywhere near their full baby-fatted cute-self. Most of the “filling out” is coming up in that long awaited (and slightly dreaded?) third trimester. Woo-hoo! Get ready!
And how's mom doing? Your little one is moving (spinning, kicking, pirouetting, shimmying, and maybe even doing a bit of the Can-Can) so much these days that if you invite your friends and/or family to touch your belly there’s a good chance they’ll get a milder sample of what you’ve been experiencing . You’ve may have experienced the oddity that is strangers who feel a protruding pregnant belly is public property and a silent invitation for belly touching. We recommend taking the belly-touching calmly and if it really offends you, just say something like: “I just fell in a large vat of anthrax.” Or perhaps something a little less aggressive, like, “Please, at the very least, ask me before touching my body.” Still, there are many women who enjoy sharing this touching ritual with others. Find your comfort zone and good luck with the rest.
Scary stuff you should be aware of: The danger of getting preeclampsia (a.k.a. Toxemia) during pregnancy is significantly higher and is characterized by significant swelling of the hands and face, excessive weight gain, blurry vision with severe headaches or abdominal pain. Obviously, swelling is common during pregnancy, but should be monitored closely, and sudden ongoing swelling to the hands and face could be a concern. Talk with your physician for more information. Preeclampsia can also be diagnosed by high blood pressure and the presence of certain proteins in your urine. Again, high blood pressure alone does not mean you are affected, but it might be something you and your physician will want to/need to monitor throughout your pregnancy. Preeclampsia can prevent the placenta from receiving enough blood, thus depriving your baby of essential nutrients and lower oxygen levels, possibly resulting in low birth weights and other problems. There are several websites dedicated to preeclampsia education such as: http://www.preeclampsia.org/.