Sunday, May 24, 2009

28 weeks = a whole new third

Rather than rant about my grumpiness (which does nothing to relieve the grumpi-stabbiness I feel today/yesterday, I will now share with you what the weekly website update says about my wunderbar baby.

"How she's growing:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world."

And for the below, looks like I'll continue to pork up (which is fine, cause I have no problem eating everything in sight, apparently) and my legs will continue to act as if they were attached to, well, somebody's body that is not mine.

On the happy-joy-joy side of things: Had a lovely visit with one of our midwives. Had a fun birthing class. Enjoyed a delish dinner with friends w/ child and arrived home with a breast pump, new book to read and a baby bed/massager thing. But more on that when I feel like smiling, or being at all pleasant or complimentary.

"How your life's changing:
You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

"At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

"Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS."

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